Present simple

The present simple in English is easy to conjugate.
Remember to use a pronoun (I, you, he, she, it, we, they).
For ‘he’, ‘she’ and ‘it’ add -s at the end.

I work in a school.

You work in a hospital.

He works in the airport.
She works in a shop.
That pen is fine –  it works OK.

We walk to the beach every weekend.

They walk to work.


Remember, we use the present simple tense to express:

  • Things that are always true
    (example: ‘She comes from Holland’, ‘She is Dutch’)
  • Things that are true for a long time
    (example: ‘They live near the coast’)
  • Habits or routines
    (example: ‘I have breakfast at half past eight’)
  • Timetables: transport, programmes, courses and jobs
    (examples: ‘He starts his new job next week’, ‘The train leaves at quarter to two’ , `The film starts at eight o’clock’, etc.)
  • State verbs – things we think, etc.
    (‘I like chocolate’, ‘I think it’s easy’, ‘I love it’,  ‘I understand’ etc.)

See the following example.
Note how we use the preposition ‘at’ to talk about places.


Present simple (affirmative) - example


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