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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“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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'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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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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“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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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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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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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 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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“…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 the following: The shortage of donated organs in the United States is so severe that many patients are seeking out transplants in other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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 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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“I live in …” vs “I'm living in …”

Let's consider the following two sentences: I live in Moscow and I'm a software developer. I'm living in Moscow and I'm a software developer. Do these sentences have some slight difference in the ...
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The daily paper is compiled at … , but printed far away

The daily paper is compiled at the editorial headquarters, known as the prepress centre, in the heart of the city, but printed far away in the suburbs at the printing centre. Why does the writer use ...
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Why do we use simple tense to say a story in the past?

I have just watched "Kevin Hart: What Now?". Kevin is standing on the stage & he is talking a story about himself. He said: "One day, I go to a store....", he used a lot of simple present tenses ...
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Is it possible to use each with present perfect

He has written to me for a long time and each time I have received his letter, I have felt happy. He has written to me for a long time and each time I receive his letter, I feel happy. He has ...
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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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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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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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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 ...