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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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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Simple present for speaking about the future the way natives do

I searched the whole internet but couldn't find anything else than the standard rules/guidelines as to how to use the simple present for future events. I understand that when something is scheduled, e....
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“Where you going” is right?

I'm watching an episode of Futurama and I heard: Where you going? It seems incorrect, I think the right sentences should be Where are you going? In American English can't be used the present ...
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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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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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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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Which is grammatically correct - “define” or “to define”?

I am writing a description for a video. I want to know which of the following is more correct: The next step is to define the cross section of the member. The next step is define the cross section of ...
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I win or I won right after the end of a game

Two kids are playing a game. Right after the game is over one of them shouts happily: "I won! I won!" or should he better say "I win! I win!"
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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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Simple present tense rule: adding s to verb form he, she or it

In Longman's advanced grammar book the rule says 'The form of the present simple verb only changes after he, she or it, when we add -s to the base form (-es after o, s, sh, ch and x; -ies when the ...
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In an abstract: Simple present or present perfect?

I know some differences between simple present and present perfect and I've checked some applications of them. But in some cases I get confused about the usage of them. For example, in the abstract of ...
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Compare “Whenever I see Graham, he's wearing/wears a tracksuit.” in meaning

Is there any difference between these sentences? Whenever I see Graham, he's wearing a tracksuit. Whenever I see Graham, he wears a tracksuit. Also somewhat similar: I like to listen to ...
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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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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 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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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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I like it when it snows/it's snowing

Which one is the right choice in the sentence? I like it when it snows/is snowing. If both are correct and the tense depends on the context what is the difference?
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Which tense is more appropriate in the following context?

I was reading an English textbooks, in which there are examples of present continues tenses: I've lost my key again. I'm always losing things. You are always watching television. You should do ...
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Modal verb “will” to describe a present situation

I have heard a phone conversation between a person wishing to buy theater tickets and a sales agent like the following: “I want to buy two tickets for tonight’s show.” ~ “Certainly. I’ll need your ...
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Why “at the moment” and “currently” are present continuous and present perfect?

I teach English. Recently, as I was getting prepared for one of my classes, I came across an exercise in a coursebook that was pretty confusing. The exercise gives students a list of time expressions ...
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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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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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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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“while they wait” - why not “while they are waiting”?

Here is a sentence that is on my textbook. Customers can now sit down comfortably while they 'wait' for their number to be called out. In my opinion, conjunction 'while' is compatible with ...
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“It must have been .. ” or “It must was ”?

I had a sentence transformation exercise and I had to say that sentence "I'm sure it WAS Tom who cleared everything up." with (It must...) and I wrote "It must was john who cleared up everything" but ...
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Tenses to describe a picture

I know that the Present Continuous can be used to describe a picture. What about the Present Simple and other tenses? If the Present Simple is possible what makes us use it instead of the Present ...
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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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“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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Why do you ask? Vs Why are you asking?

I have noticed that Present Continuous in questions makes the question somewhat unwanted, as if the speaker isn't too happy about the question. Am I right? I found this toy in your room, can I have ...
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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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Simple vs continuous in the past tense and in the future tense

Even though I understand the difference between the simple and the continuous aspect of the English tense system, I sometimes struggle to understand what each of these two aspects expresses in some ...
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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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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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Why not present simple in “We are taking the dog for a walk every morning”

I just failed this one in a test. Why it is not "We take the dog for a walk every morning"? Why continuous tense should be used?
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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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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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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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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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“It is / has been expected that ‘Stop-Roach’ will be on sale very soon for under ten dollars.” Which is the correct tense to use?

I have an exercise related to verb forms / tenses. I have solved 9/10 questions easily, just the question below makes me confused: Choose the correct form of verbs to fill in each blank. ...
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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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simple form vs continuous form

What is the difference between them in terms of meaning? Everywhere you go nowadays people seem to be speaking English. Everywhere you go nowadays people seem to speak English.
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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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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 “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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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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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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choice between present and future tense

I have a scenario where I need to answer the below question. Is there a verification for Sponsor in IDP? My answer is below. Yes. If the sponsor is deactivated or expired in IDP, subsequently ...
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Do we use simple present tense to express future events for things that are on to-do lists?

This site says: Speakers occasionally use Simple Present to talk about scheduled events in the near future. This is most commonly done when talking about public transportation, but it can be ...
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Simple present for an activity up to now

One of my friend is posting his pictures in facebook for over a long period of time. When I see him tomorrow, can I tell him like " hi friend, how are you? I see your pictures in Facebook.