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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“It was a present” or “it is a present” in context?

Do I have to say it is a present or it was a present when a person owns something and they want to say that they were given the thing as a present. For example: Person A: When did you buy the ...
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Past tense (today)

Which one is true and why? A. Today, she is absent. B. Today, she was absent Is "today" considered as present or past time? Please help. Thanks.
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door opens vs door opening

I was watching a show and when a door opens, the next subtitle comes out. Door opens Using Present Simple shouldn't you use present Continuous? Door opening
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Why is the present simple used?

I don't understand why the present simple tense is used in this sentence. Could anyone explain it for me?
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Should I use the preterite or the present perfect?

I haven't seen my family for three years (now). Should I say "It's been three long years since I haven't seen my family" or "it's been three long years since I last saw my family" or "It's" in the ...
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When should I use Present Simple or Present Continuous?

I'm doing my best in distinguishing between the meaning of the Present Simple form and the meaning of the Present Continuous form. Every day I read some texts and highlight the extracts consisting ...
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Which tense is better to talk about progress and development : present simple/ continues/ perfect?

Prices are increasing. Prices have been/ have increased. Prices increase. I know all of them are grammatically correct and all mean that prices increased in the past and still continue to ...
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They do something for 20 years. Isn't the phrase grammatically wrong?

I heard Matt Damon say: Anyway, for 20 years now people ask, what happened to Loki at the end of Dogma? How do you explain the usage of Present Simple here with 20 years? Could you reference to ...
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Distinguishing present from future in a conditional sentence

Consider the following sentences, used in an email message: I'm going to be on vacation next week. If you need anything, call me. It could mean If you need anything now, call me, because next ...
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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“Someone has a relationshio with someone” or “someone is having a relationship with someone”?

Do I have to use have in the present simple or present continuous when talking about being in a relationship. For example: Kate has a relationship with the guy. Kate is having a ralationship ...
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is it “I have traveled or I travel”

which is correct? This is the third time I have traveled to Italy this year. or This is the third time I travel to Italy this year.
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Passive voice, Present Simple, Present Perfect

The washing machine was broken, but it is OK now. > It is repaired. vs It has been repaired. > Please explain the correct choice. Is it possible that both are correct here?
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“I hear about it more and more these days” or “I am hearing about it more and more this days”?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I hear about the issue more and more these days. I am hearing about the issue more and more these days. Many will say that ...
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Simple present vs. deterministic future

When I record a video in which I demonstrate a software application in action, I should say I click on the button or I am clicking on the button? In the video, I click on the button one second after ...
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Until you have finished that report/ until you finish that report

You are not going home until you have finished that report. You are not going home until you finish that report. Is there any shade of difference in meaning between the two sentences?or do they ...
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Present simple. When need `is` with pronoun?

He always brushes his teeth after meals. She is often late for work. Why in the first sentence we do not use is but in second sentence we use is?
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“What is the price of the phone you bought” or “What was the price of the phone you bought”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? What is the price of the phone you bought? What was the price of the phone you bought? I think that the first sentence ...
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Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb “still” convey annoyance or surprise?

Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb still feel like an expression of annoyance or surprise? For example: I started teaching three years ago, and I am still teaching. If it ...
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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Can I say: “He always goes to cinema this year.”

Can simple present tense used with a specific time? Generally, simple present is used to express habits, repeated action, but can it used to express habits in a period time including now? For ...
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Present Simple Usage in these sentences

I am confused about the usage of Present Simple in these sentence. Sorry in advance to anyone whose name i pronounce wrong. You can assume that he is just telling a fact but it is said in an ...
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Present Simple as Future

We use Present Simple when the thing that will happen in the future time. But can we use Present Simple when no time is specified. For example: What happens to him after that? Choose what happens to ...
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Do I have to use the present simple or the future simple in the “what clause” after the phrase “be worried about” when referring to the future?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct when talking about the future. I am not worried about what will happen. I am not worrued about what happens.
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Can “every time” be used with present continuous

At school it us taught that "every time", is a marker that shows that some simple tense should follow. However, I wonder, if in some contexts continuous forms can be used as well. For example, if I ...
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What is the difference between “he was saying”, “he says” and “he said”?

Are there any shades of meaning between the use of the past continuous, present simple and past simple in the following sentences? He was saying that he is going to leave soon. He says that he ...
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present simple vs will

Why has the writer used "will" rather than "simple present" in the following sentences: 1) Many people learn English because they think it will be useful in some way for international ...
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Grammar present simple, simple future, present continuous

Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence ...
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“Diabetes claims thousands of lives” vs. “Diabetes is claiming thousands of lives”

At the rate of one death every two minutes, diabetes ______ (claim) over 340,000 lives annually –just over half the death rate of cancer. According to answer key, the correct one is claims: At ...
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Simple present + before + present perfect / simple present

I just saw a sentence: Most people lose curiosity even before they have reached maturity. {Simple Present (lose)+ before + Present Perfect (have reached)} Now, if I write: Most people lose ...
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Present simple and Past simple: exported or exports?

I have a question that makes me confused for a long time. In the speaking test at school, I said: "India exported the most rice in the world". Then, my teacher said I should use: "India exports the ...
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The use of the present simple in context

Tell me please why the present simple was used instead of the past simple in the following context. Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn't grasp ...
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The present simple vs present continuous in context

Let's say there is a treadmill that broke down. And a person asks me if he can use it. What sentence would be the most appropriate to answer the question. Sorry, It doesn't work. Sorry, it is ...
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Why do we add s/es to the verb for third person singular in Simple Present Tense?

Simple Present Tense: He catches the bus. She studies English. It runs fast.
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What is the exact meaning of the question “Where do you come from”?

It is constructed in present simple. So it asks where I am coming from in general. How one can answer this question? I know this question is correctly asked but I can't understand its meaning or ...
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David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport [closed]

David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport. Which is grammatically correct? What is the difference in meaning?
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Why present perfect tense\past tense is used in these sentences?

I used this link to practice on present perfect tense, and I have some questions: Colin has left / left for Brazil this morning. The correct answer is "left"; however, I think both answers are ...
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“Recently my imagination works badly” is the sentence correct or not?

I want to know what time tense should I use in this sentence? I know that an adverb "Recently" is allowed to use only with the present/past perfect tenses. So I can't use it with the present simple, ...
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“I've known her very well” vs. “I know her very well”

Jane and I are friends. (I know / I've known) her very well. The answer is 'I know'. I want to know why 'I've known' cannot be the answer in this short question.
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Leave or Leaves?

Lucy has just entered date roulette. Meet her before she leaves! is this sentence correct? especially do I need to write "leave" or "leaves" ?
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“It {cost / costs} a lot to live there”?

In the simple present tense, which one is true based on this sentence? And, please explain. The food in Japan is expensive. It {cost / costs} a lot to live there.
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous in “It happens because ice ____ (FLOAT) into the Atlantic Ocean.”

I've come across a grammar task for English Exam preparation. There goes a text: A survey by the Japan Agency for Science and Technology shows that Arctic ice is melting (Present Continuous is used ...
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“when you do something” or “when you are doing something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. You are bending too much when you are squating. You bend too much when you squat. The context is a man ...
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“Are you hearing me” Vs. “Do you hear me”?

When I learnt English grammar I was told that some of the senses don't get "ing" of present continuous, therefore we should say "I see it now" rather than "I'm seeing it now". On the same logic, "I ...
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Is it simple present tense or imperative mood?

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, ...
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Is the tense shifting in the first paragraph acceptable?

The Qinghai Tibet Railway, the highest in the world, begins operation on Saturday. 【The first train will leave Golmud, the second largest city of Qinghai Province in Northwest China, for Lhasa, in the ...
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What tense should I use with “leave”?

The Qinghai-Tibet Railyway, the world's highest, starts operating on Saturday. The first train will leave Golmud for Lhasa in the morning. ......The first train leaves Golmud for Lhasa in the morning....
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Is there any mistake in this sentence below?

The wealthy matron is so proud of her valuable antique vase that she decides to have her bedroom painted the same colours as the vase . As far as l know we should use "such that" not "so that", am I ...
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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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