The Simple Present Tense
We use the Simple Present tense to describe actions that are general statements of facts, usual activities or daily habits. These are situations that always exist, in the past, in the present, and in the future.
Form. We form the simple present in regular verbs using the bare infinitive (the infinitive without the “to”), with I, you, we, and they. In the 3rd person singular, we add an “s”.
The following words are often used in this tense: always, every day, never, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, usually.
|You||take||a bus||to work.|
When asking a question in the simple present tense use the verb “to do” as the auxiliary verb in the present tense in the correct person (do vs. does).
|"W" Question Word||Auxiliary Verb||Subject||Main Verb||Object||where||when||how||why|
|Do||people (they)||answer||the phone||at the office||after 5 o'clock?|
|Subject||Auxiliary Verb (to do)||*not* + Main Verb||Object||where||when||how||why|
|You||do||not work||every day.|
|We||do||not hitchhike||because it is dangerous.|
|Our neighbours||do||not have||a quiet dog.|