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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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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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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“…many patients are seeking out transplants in other countries” — what if “seek out” were used?

I was reading an article on HowStuffWorks and came across this: The shortage of donated organs in the United States is so severe that many patients are seeking out transplants in other countries. ...
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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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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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Afterwards + present simple

If it is a message from another time, from a distant star, why has it been put there ? A possible answer comes soon afterwards, when the first light of the sun touches the object. It then sends out a ...
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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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Past tenses with a present tense

I watched a movie and later discussed it with my friend. Is the example below correct? I recognised the actor today. Before I hadn't known he is there. Or is it better to say: I recognised the ...
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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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I am having vs I have

I'm finally learning English grammar, and I'm having an issue with understanding the difference between: Now I have much more fun learning English than I had before the course. and Now ...
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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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 Progressive or Simple Present

I have a question about using present tenses; would it be said that: Robots are being developed Robots are developed I would say it is present progressive because the process is not ...
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Present Simple with “since”

I have to do this task, choose which sentences could be completed with an adverbial expression and which are ungrammatical when an adverbial expression is added. What do you think, is it possible to ...
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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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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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'Is' vs 'has been'

"It is/has been 40 years since I left college" Which one of 'is' and 'has been' should be preferred in above sentence and why?
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Present participle of 'feel' and change in meaning

"I feel lucky" "I am feeling lucky." Do both sentences convey same meaning?I have read that emotive verbs are not used in participle form on account of their meaning?
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“are you wanting” vs. “do you want”

What are your motivations for doing this course? What do you want to achieve? Are you wanting a practical outcome, are you just browsing, or do you want to further develop your understanding of a ...
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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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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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Present Simple or Present Continuous for end result?

There have been a lot of discussion concerning the difference between the Present Simple and the Present Continuous for actions but I'm eager to know if there is a difference when speaking about an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The difference between present simple and future simple usage in expressing a future event?

What is the difference between when I said: They come, when they are ready. and They will come, when they are ready. ?
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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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“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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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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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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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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Correct use of “is having”

"He is having a cell phone" - is wrong. Instead we use: "He has a cell phone". However, both A and B below are correct: A) "We are having a class" B) "We have a class" Why?
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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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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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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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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.