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.


See the following example.  Click to listen, and note the correct use of prepositions to talk about places. Then scroll down to read more about when you use the present simple.

Present simple (affirmative) - example

Present simple (affirmative)

Remember, we use the present simple tense to express:

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


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