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English Grammar

Present Simple Verb Tense

Positive Statements

subject + main verb + _________.

Main Verb - stays in the base form, except for the 3rd person singular -s or -es is added to the end of the verb.

subject main verb
1st person I walk to the store.
2nd person We eat at work.
2nd person You need to work hard.
3nd person singular He drinks to work hard.
3nd person singular She cleans the house.
3nd person singular My son plays outside.
3nd person singular The car looks new.
3nd person plural The children play outside.

Negative Statements

subject +auxiliary verb + not + main verb + _________?

Auxiliary Verbs
  • The auxiliary verb "do or does" is added after the subject. "Does" is used for 3rd person singular subjects
  • "not" is added after the auxiliary verb
  • the main verb stays in the base form
subject auxiliary verb not main verb
1st person I do not walk to the store.
2nd person We do not eat at work.
2nd person You do not need to work hard.
3nd person singular He does not drink milk.
3nd person singular She does not clean the house.
3nd person singular My son does not play basketball.
3nd person singular The car does not look new.
3nd person plural The children do not play football.

Questions

auxiliary verb do/does + subject + main verb + _________.

Questions the auxiliary verb "do/does" comes before the subject, "Does" is used for 3rd person singular subjects

auxiliary verbs
do/does
subject main verb
base verb
1st person Do I walk to school?
2nd person Do we eat at work next week?
2nd person Do you need help?
3nd person singular Does he drink milk or juice?
3nd person singular Does she clean the house?
3nd person singular Does my son play basketball next week?
3nd person singular Does The car look new.
3nd person plural Do the children do their homework?

  • Present Simple Verb Tense
  • Present Simple Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Simple Verb Tense Exercise

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    Present Continuous Verb Tense

  • Present Continuous Verb Tense
  • Present Continuous Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Continuous Verb Tense Exercise
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense

  • Present Perfect Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense Quiz
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  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense

  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense Chart
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