Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
341 views

improves or has improved

I'm having difficulties to decide whether there's a possibility to use Present Simple and Present Perfect. What I mean is that there is a graph and I have to describe it: the economy ___ at the moment ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Am I using these tense correctly? [closed]

I saw this in business letter : We are doing business with you since the year 2000 to date. our branch has sold through the partner X since its creation more than 10 unites and we are proud of it as ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
777 views

'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?
0
votes
1answer
168 views

Use of 'do' in interrogative of Present tense

We say that "Do we have class today?" Can we say that "Do there is class today?".Or,we must say "Is there class today?".
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Choice of tenses (Present Perfect - “has been” VS Present Simple - “is”)

To carry out the task I should fill up the blanks with a correct verb form. Take a look at the given sentences: "They feel sure they (arrest) the rest of the gang by the end of the month. This (...
0
votes
2answers
267 views

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?
0
votes
2answers
81 views

The baby is crying all the time or has been crying all the time?

Where are you? the baby has been crying all the time. or Where are you? the baby is crying all the time. which one is correct? and also, is it correct to say: Babies are crying all the time;...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
17k views

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?
4
votes
2answers
3k views

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," ...
0
votes
3answers
373 views

Using Gerund when it looks like Present Continuous

The problem is getting anybody to admit that. It's Present Simple + Gerund. The problem is getting worse. It's Present Continuous. Did I make a mistake? Or is it a well-known ambiguity?
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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?
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Present Simple for considerations

When we are considering something, in spoken English is it okay to use the Present Simple: So what's your plan? Well, I take the train to Boston. I go to his house. I sneak in and then I steal that ...
0
votes
1answer
235 views

Present Continuous or Present Simple in clauses of time and condition? Or both?

When I'm not working, I walk to the park. When I don't work, I walk to the park. Are the present continuous and present simple forms interchangeable in this sentence? If not, are there any ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Can we use simple present with simple past? What does it indicate?

It is time we went home. [means , it is time for us to go home] It is high time we left. [it is proper time for us to leave ] So which grammar rule apply here.
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Present + Past Tense [closed]

Could you please tell me if this sentence is correct? I understood what the components of a pc are.
0
votes
1answer
460 views

Present continues and present simple, case verb(look)?

I hear you're having your house repainted !!! How does it look ? How is it looking ? Grammar's rule is : We use present continues when we want to emphasis the station is temporary. but the two ...
0
votes
1answer
550 views

Nowadays he teaches physics because the teacher of physics has been absenting himself for a month

Nowadays he teaches physics because the teacher of physics has been absenting himself for a month. This is an error spotting question asked in my exam, I see two possible ways to correct it but don't ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

I recommend or I'm recomending you something

Which is correct? When to use present simple and when present continuous. When I recommend / recommending something someone on StackExchange, which tense would be better and why?
1
vote
1answer
745 views

Error correction : I have been informed that Dr. Sinha visits London the following month

I have been informed that Dr. Sinha visits London the following month. I came across this sentence in a error correction exercise related to articles. Although there are no errors related to articles ...
2
votes
2answers
8k views

We notice vs we have noticed

I read this in a website: "We notice you are using an ad blocker. Please consider supporting us by upgrading your account. Thanks." Shouldn't they have used "have noticed"? "We notice" sounds ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

If I say “I was happy yesterday”, does that always imply “I am not happy today”?

I have some feelings (through the ways they answered my question) that some native speakers always think the following: If we say "I was happy yesterday", that implies "I am not happy today"? Maybe ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

“…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 ...
1
vote
1answer
159 views

simple present - shouldn't they be continuous/progressive present tenses because most are temporary?

James rubs his neck while speaking. James looks out the window while thinking. James thinks about a conundrum. James walks to his destination. These all are in third person simple ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

“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, ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

“When {you're signing up|sign up}, you choose your native language and country…”

I recently posted an entry on Lang-8 where I wrote about their new app, HiNative. Here is a sentence from that entry: When you're signing up, you choose your native language and country and your ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
749 views

“Going to + Present Simple” vs “Going to + Present Continuous”

I am interested in distinguishing the difference between two patterns (to speak about a future plans, intentions, predictions, or intent to do something): Going to + Present Simple Going to + ...
2
votes
2answers
997 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

A question regarding “present simple”

In CAGIU, we read: "We can use the present simple in phrases such as It says here, I hear, I gather, I see, I understand and They say, (Someone) says, (Someone) tells me to introduce news that we ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Tell me, the structure below is okay? [closed]

This profile frame is created by me? This profile frame has created by me? This profile frame has been created by me? This profile frame has created by mine? which one is correct? give your ...
0
votes
1answer
315 views

When to use plural in simple present

Why does I watch a movie doesn't make sense while I watch movies makes sense? While I go to church makes sense and I go to churches doesn't.
8
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
4k views

“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 ...
2
votes
1answer
14k views

I'm not feeling like VS I don't feel like

As far as I know, two phrases are accepted (I'm not feeling like OR I don't feel like), but I don't really sure about the point of difference, my guesses are: I'm not feeling like dancing...- now (...
2
votes
2answers
301 views

past simple vs present perfect before present modal

this was taken from game manual: After all players have taken an action, we can start round 2 and I wonder, does this sentence mean the same: After all players took an action, we can start ...
5
votes
1answer
617 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
193 views

I (have) had a rabbit for six years

I've had a rabbit for six years. I have a rabbit for six years. I've cared a rabbit for six years. I am caring a rabbit for six years. Which tense should I use? Why?
1
vote
2answers
97 views

Do we use the present simple tense in the following context?

Captain, if they attack us , what do we do? I am a bit confused over whether or not "what do we do?" Is correct in the previous context. Do we use the future simple tense instead?
1
vote
2answers
46 views

Meaning Difference between these two sentences

Could you please tell me the difference between these two sentences and what they mean? My girlfriend always thinks I am cheating on her. My girlfriend always thinks I cheat on her.
0
votes
1answer
916 views

Present Simple vs Future Simple vs Present Continuous vs “Going to” vs Future Obligation for events in near future

Grammar tells us that Present Simple, Future Simple, Present Continuous, Future obligation, and "Going to" can all speak about the events that take place in the future. But for near future events what ...
2
votes
1answer
56 views

In what way should I ask someone about someone's acquaintance with another person?

Are both of them correct and have the same meaning? Options: Do you know Tom? Have you met Tom?
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Is it right or wrong to say “I am still living in my old place”?

Is it right or wrong to use the present continuous in the example below? I am still living in my old place. For some reason "I still live in my old place" sounds so much better to me but two ...
0
votes
1answer
323 views

Present Perfect Continuous with Present Simple in the subordinate clause

One, whom I don't know, posted this sentence on one Russian forum, where people study English. The sentence comes from here They've been living with his mother while they look for a house Is it ...
2
votes
3answers
558 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
515 views

“can drive” or “drive”

can (modal verb): to be able to. Cambridge Dictionary In the following two statements she able to drive. So, What is the difference in meaning between them? She can drive motorcycle. She ...