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Questions tagged [present-simple]

Questions related to the present simple or simple present, which can be used to express such things as actions or events that take place habitually, a general state and arranged future events.

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I always do OR I have always been doing

If we say: I always do It shows that some time ago I started doing it, then continued, continued and then it became "now" and I can say '"always" because my action has some statistics, some ...
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Who had always wanted to do it

We have such a sentence: I found some people who always wanted to walk in the forests. Is it correct? I mean the second part has to be in Past Simple or Past Perfect like: I found some people ...
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The use of the past perfect and past simple and present simple in context

Tell me please which of the following sentences is correct. The teacher came up to Kate and said that the assignment had been done badly, because there were a lot of grammar mistakes. The ...
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Present Tense and Passive Voice = Is + V1

Is there is meaning difference if use Is + V1 & Is + V2? a) This is the room which is share by 5 student. (Referring to the Present tense fact that 5 student are sharing this room) b) This is ...
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Simple or Continuous [duplicate]

I teach English It happens periodically, time to time, every monday and so on. Present SImple I am teachining English 1) It is happening right now, I am in the class 2) It's a current period of ...
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Preset Simple or Continuous

We can use Present Simple for things that happen time by time: I play this game (every day) We can use Present Continuous for things that are happening right now: I am playing this game (now) ...
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Difference in meaning using Would + present or simple past

I'm wondering what the difference is between these two phrases. What would happen if aliens visited Earth? What would happen if aliens visit Earth? Am I right in thinking that the first phrase ...
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Using “get” in affirmative and question sentences

Sometimes I come across the sentences with get in strange (for me) place. For example: Does it get boring wearing the same clothes every day? Why get is here? Can I say different way? One more ...
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Mix of present simple and continuous

An average user of social media feels that he is underperfoming and his self-esteem is constantly decreasing. I used tenses in this sentence instinctively, and after I had finished I started to ...
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This paragraph (is taken / has been) taken from book

We usually write this e.g "this paragraph is taken from book" or "this paragraph has been taken from book". and "this poem is written by" or "this poem has been written by" Could ...
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“Do” in Simple Present Tense in British Style

In British english, I know simple present tense allows do/does like, I do follow the rules, or He does follow the rules. My question is about whether all action verb follow this rule like:...
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He told me he plays table tennis well. Why didn't he use played

He told me he plays table tennis well. Why didn't he use played?
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when one has received / receives

When one has received/receives driving license, he should be driving accompanied by an experienced driver for a year. I feel it should be present simple. I am hesitating, as it is not supposed to be ...
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Present Simple or Present Continuous with “these days”

"These days" express the period around now. Then, I wonder, why is used the Present Simple in the following sentence?: These days I travel a lot. I’m spending more and more time away from home. (...
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One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years (tense choice)

I want to tell someone about one of the most interesting projects I was involved in during the past couple of years: One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years [is ...
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Difference between present and past simple after 'suggested that'

These are the sentences that I found in Cambridge grammar books: I suggested that she bought a car. I suggested that he gives up golf. Both of the sentences above start in the past simple but ...
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Are present simple and present perfect interchangeable?(about habits)

I wonder if in this context pr. simple and pr. perfect simple are interchangeable: He has played the saxophone every night. He plays the saxophone every night. If they aren't ...
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What is the difference between these sentences? Which sentence is correct?

What is the difference between this sentences?: 1) "Where do your parents live?" 2) "Where is your parents live?" Which one is correct?
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“I don't like when you do something” or “I don't like when you are doing something”?

Tell me please which tense I have to use in the following sentence. I don't like it when you are sticking out/you stick out your tongue. I sometimes hear natives use the present continuous, even ...
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What is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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Using present continuous in sentence

There is the sentence: Do you usually cook at weekends? Can i use present continuous? Are you usually cooking at weekends? I found this example of using present continuous on internet. At ...
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She still isn't feeling very well / still doesn't feel very well

I came across the following sentences: Amanda broke her leg last week. She still isn't feeling very well. Amanda broke her leg last week. She still doesn't feel very well. Can you tell ...
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Simple present in scientific articles

I'm editing a medicine article and in the introduction the author writes We report this case of a 25-year-old female with cholestatic hepatitis Isn't this simple present strange here? Shouldn't ...
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Proper tense in “I've tested the program with this input data and it works”

Let's consider the conversation: This program doesn't work with this input data. I've tested the program with this input data and it does work. Is it right to use the present perfect here?...
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Simple Present vs. Present Perfect

Source:https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/18/court-challenge-to-hostile-environment-tenancy-scheme-begins Court challenge to hostile environment tenancy scheme begins. Why does the ...
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why used “simple present” instead of “simple past” or “present perfect”

I didn't understand. Why did they use "simple present" instead of "present perfect" in this "Although I do not understand much yet"?. The Paragraph is below. Nepal is a fascinating country, but I ...
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Present Simple with next week

Is this sentence correct? If not, why? He lives in the flat next week. I pointed out to my friend that this does not sound right. I said it should be He will live in the flat next week. or ...
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“After you finish” vs. “After you have finished”

Is there any difference in meaning in the following sentence? After you finish your homework, call me. After you have finshed your homework, call me. I pretty often hear natives use after and ...
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What is the difference: 'being collected' vs 'collected'?

What is the difference between these two sentences? Are names an important part of the information being collected? Are names an important part of the information collected?
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence ...
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“World and its colours” (or colors) makes sense? [closed]

does this phrase makes sense: "World and its colours? I would like to use it as a username, but is it correct?
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Choice of Tense “in my lifetime”

Could anyone explain the meaning of the phrase "in my lifetime" to me? I don't really understand why it needs Future Simple exclusively. People won't live on the Moon in my lifetime. Is it possible ...
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Present simple for some future events

We are leaving on tour to Italy tomorrow for 10 days, after that we tour USA and Canada for two weeks. When we come back we play Fuzzville in Benidorm. Then some gigs in England, Holland, France, ...
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Use of Simple Tense for future action without will & Shall

I Hope She forgives me. Above sentence gives idea about future action of her without using Will, Shall etc. We can use Simple Present tense to describe future scheduled, planed action.. Considering ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continious

[TLDR] Why is the "I am seeing a lady" phrase mean that the guy who's saying this means that he's dating her, that it is not only at the moment of saying it, that it happens every day and why do I ...
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Why do we use “is” in “It isn't raining now.” and “does” in “It doesn't rain very much in summer.”?

It isn't raining now. It doesn't rain very much in summer. Why in the first sentence do we use is but in the second we use does? Can someone explain in general, please?
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what is the best? present or future in this case

When the order is big enough he, then, sends it to me When the order is big enough he, then, will send it to me As it is a general statement I think present sends is better
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“On Thursday” or “Thursdays”?

When I refer to a habitual activity that takes place regularly once a week, do I need to use a plural form of the name of the day of the week or a singular one? I do one sport on Thursday at this ...
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Simple Present or S.Past tense in “she gains/gained weight”?

Let's say there is a female adult. She used to have a slender body, but now she is a bit overweight. You are wondering what might be the reason for this, and then you have found out that her Facebook ...
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Is the usage of auxiliary verb “is” correct in the following sentence?

Agency is a system integrator of innovation processes in the region, manages infrastructure projects of innovation development, coordinates the implementation of NTI roadmaps (National technology ...
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questions: possible ways of asking what something does

What does your program? What does your program do? What your program does? What is it that your program does? Your program does what? Can anyone help me understand how these questions ...
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Using present simple when talking about a past event in spoken English

Philip:So, you're an exchange student. Where do you go to school? Alexandra:At the Bronx High School of Science. Philip:Oh, that's a very good school. What are your favorite subjects? ...
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Present perfect simple tense in conditionals

The present perfect tense is used in the sentence below but here and here, they do not use the present perfect. Can we use present perfect simple tense in conditional sentences like the sentence ...
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I vs I will, following introductory phrase

Which of the folllowing is correct? Sometimes when I'm feeling sleepy, I take a nap. or Sometimes when I'm feeling sleepy, I will take a nap.
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“has been completed” or “is completed”?

Repeat the steps for the next weekly report until the monthly report has been completed. Repeat the steps for the next weekly report until the monthly report is completed. I'm having a hard ...
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Simple present or simple past tense?

An uncommon question that I've come across from Agatha Christie's Nemesis reads, "Sleep well?" In my opinion, I feel that as the action is in the past, it should have been "Slept well?" ...
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The present simple and present perfect tenses in context

Tell me please which tense I have to use in this context: Kate: John, you are going to visit your grandparents this week, aren't you? John: Actually, it is not set in stone yet. (OR: It has ...
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Why is it correct “Do you enjoy swimming”?

Do you enjoy _____? - to swim -swimming -swim -to swimming Can someone explain me why the answer is swimming and not swim or to swim?
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“This is one of the most important lessons I've learned” – Present Simple with Present Perfect?

Let's say you are describing your professor back when you were in college. His sustained commitment to learning, while never forgetting how to loosen up a bit or de-stress, is one of the most ...
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Great Expectations [is written vs has been written] by Charles Dickens

I had a grammar quiz at the university today. One of the questions was: "Great Expectations" ____ by Charles Dickens. a) is written b) has been written c) was written Undoubtedly, the ...