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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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 ...
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Why is the present simple tense used for an event that is in the future?

I would like to know the difference between "be going to," the present continuous, and the present simple. We use one of them when we talk about future, but I can't differentiate them. For example: ...
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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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Using Simple Present Tense for general truth in the past

Okay, I know it may sounds silly but I just can't get this question out of my head. So one of the functions of simple present tense is to state general truths. Like, "The sun rises from the east," ...
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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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is it possible to use the present simple tense with the time marker 'this evening'?

Recently I have come across the following usage of the present simple tense in the coursebook Cambridge English Key for Schools Result OUP 2013: Excuse me. Do you close at 8 o'clock this evening? ~ ...
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The simple present for future? [duplicate]

I did search on the internet. but I couldn't still understand well how to use simple present for future. every grammar book says "simple present is used for events in the future which are 'timetabled, ...
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Present tenses with future reference

Consider this short dialogue please. Alex: Hey, Mark, we are having a party on Saturday, do you want to come? Mark: Thanks Alex, but I can't. I will be studying both Saturday and Sunday, because ...
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Present Simple vs Present Progressive

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? (1) I am completely honest with you right now. (2) I am being completely honest with you right now.
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Using Simple present tense for future event / Plan / Schedule

Can we use simple present tense to communicate our future plans? Actually recently I read some strange sentences like, a) The plane arrives at 18.00 tomorrow. b) She has a yoga class tomorrow ...
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“Ask Jim if he's staying tonight” or “Ask Jim if he stays tonight”

I know we can use present simple when talking about the future, especially after subordinate clauses. On the other hand, I also know that we can use present progressive to talk about future events, ...
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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 ...