The simple present tense is used:
- To express habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes:
I smoke (habit); I work in London (unchanging situation); London is a large city (general truth)
- To give instructions or directions:
You walk for two hundred meters, then you turn left.
- To express fixed arrangements, present or future:
Your exam starts at 09.00
- To express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as, until:
He’ll give it to you when you come next Saturday.
- He drinks tea at breakfast.
- She only eats fish.
- They watch television regularly.
For repeated actions or events
- We catch the bus every morning.
- It rains every afternoon in the hot season.
- They drive to Monaco every summer.
For general truths
- Water freezes at zero degrees.
- The Earth revolves around the Sun.
- Her mother is Peruvian.
For instructions or directions
- Open the packet and pour the contents into hot water.
- You take the No.6 bus to Watney and then the No.10 to Bedford.
For fixed arrangements
- His mother arrives tomorrow.
- Our holiday starts on the 26th March
With future constructions
- She’ll see you before she leaves.
- We’ll give it to her when she arrives.
Get ready for the test! Here is the Quiz below!
- She ______ to drink a cup of coffee every day.
- She ______ an occasional drinker.
- She ______ no history of known allergies.
- Although Mrs Davies _____ mobilize short distances with her walker, weight bearing was restricted for the next 6 days.
- She ______ mild hyperlipidemia, mild hypertension, coronary artery disease since 2020.
- She ______ a long history of osteoporosis.
- She _____ admitted and will be discharged tomorrow.
- Mrs Davies _____ left hip hemiarthroplasty and is recovering.