Present Simple

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We use the present simple to talk about actions we see as long term or permanent. It is a very common and very important tense. 

Here, we are talking about regular actions or events. 

  • They drive to the office every day. 
  • She doesn’t come here very often. 
  • The news usually starts at 6.00 every evening. 
  • Do you usually have bacon and eggs for breakfast?

Here, we are talking about facts. 

  • We have two children. 
  • Water freezes at 0° C or 32° F. 
  • What does this expression mean? 
  • The Thames flows through London. 

Here, we are talking about future facts, usually found in a timetable or a chart. 

  • Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year. 
  • The plane leaves at 5.00 tomorrow morning. 
  • Ramadan doesn’t start for another 3 weeks. 
  • Does the class begin at 10 or 11 this week?

Here, we are talking about our thoughts and feelings at the time of speaking. Although these feelings can be short-term, we use the present simple and not the present continuous.

  • They don’t ever agree with us. 
  • I think you are right. 
  • She doesn’t want you to do it. 
  • Do you understand what I am trying to say.
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