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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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 ...
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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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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?
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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?
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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.
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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“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 ...
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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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When describing an action in a picture should I use present progressive or simple tense?

When describing an action in a picture should I use present progressive tense or present simple tense? For example if I want to write a title for the following picture, it should be: "This ...
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“I will start my course …” Or “I start my course …”

The simple present is used to make statements about events at a time later than now, when the statements are based on present facts, and when these facts are something fixed like a time-table, ...
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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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Why use “come” (present simple) in “here they come”?

In this context, why does he use "come"? Oh! Quick. Here they come. Oxford English Daily Conversation Episode 2 Why doesn't he use "are coming" or "have been coming" ? They are coming here / ...
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Simple present, present perfect or simple past?

Question 1. A: How long have you lived there? B: I have lived there all my life. For B, why we can't use "live" instead of Present Perfect "have lived"? Present simple suggests that person ...
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What is the use of the Present Simple Tense in this sentence “I think he is at home” & “I think chocolate is great”?

Ok, image there is a situation like this: Mary: Where is Bob? Bod: I think he is at home. According to this website, there are 4 present uses of present simple tense. 1: We use the present ...
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Watch you do/doing it [simple present or continuous?]

Is it grammatically possible to use both, the continuous form and simple present in sentences that use the pattern as in the title? Example sentences: I want to watch you wash/washing the car. ...
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A question about past tense and present tense

I talked about my travel experience in Japan with my friend. He asked me : How many time have you been to Japan?I have been there only once. So I should say It was my first time to be there or It ...
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Should “I look forward to see you” be in Present Continuous tense?

Which one of the following is Correct: I am looking forward to seeing you or I look forward to see you
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The population of the world increases every day / Permanent situations

The population is increasing very fast We use the present continuous when we talk about changes happening around now - so this sentence should be correct. But what if I say this? The population ...
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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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Past Simple or Present Simple? Or both?

Source Here is a sentence from a textbook. The task is to choose the correct tense, Past Simple or Present Simple: When your lessons (to be) over on Monday? To me, both can be used here, as the ...
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Conjugating the present simple with negation

Suppose I am in a meeting now and I am a crew leader for a civil crew. My crew goes to the site at 6 am from the office, and they come to the room directly at 5 pm after finishing the job. They do not ...
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“I don't see” vs “I am not seeing him”

Source I am doing grammar tests and came across the following: My brother (do) a degree at university so I (see) him very often, unfortunately. The aim of the test is to fill each gap with the ...
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Present Perfect vs Present Simple

I have taught English for my friends to help them improve speaking English I teach English for my friends to help them improve speaking English What is the difference ? My guess is that both ...
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In the article, he writes / wrote that the problems in the refugee camps are getting worse

This is a question from my English exercise book: Choose the best answer A, B, C or D to complete the following sentences. In the article, he ____ that the problems in the refugee camps are ...
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present with would used as politeness

Imagine I've got a very important appointment today afternoon, the problem is that I am very sick and I would like to change the date of it Shall I say : Would it better if we change the date or if ...
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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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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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“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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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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Your work is improving all the time vs Your work improves all the time

Your work is improving all the time vs Your work improves all the time Are both of these tenses ok to use in this sentence? Is there a slight difference in meaning?
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Identifying tense — present simple?

I have already asked this question from some teachers and student, some say these are present simples but in present simple we use "do/does" and etc. I want to know which type of sentences these are. ...
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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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confusion in helping verb of sentences

Why can't we use helping verbs like do/does of present simple and did of past simple in positive sentences of present simple tense and past simple tense? Such as: She makes tea. They went to ...
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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.
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“I am almost finished” vs “I almost have finished”

help me please. Are these sentences both correct? I have almost finished the book. I am almost finished the book. What the difference? Can I also say "I almost finish the book"?
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Using present simple or present continuous

I'm catching myself to think about present simple or present continues when I'm constructing sentences like this one (it happened again) and I'm getting more and more confused. What do you folks think ...
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What is the verb in “I go to school at 8:30.”?

Subject + Verb + Complement. I go to school at 8:30. What is the verb? - "go to school" or "go"?
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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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Passive vs. Active voice in Present Simple

What would be the passive voice of the following sentence? She opens window frequently. Is this correct? Window is opened frequently.
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“When we talk about false friends, we talk about — we're talking about…” — why did the speaker correct herself?

I was watching a video by EngVid and came across the following sentence (4:00): When we talk about false friends, we talk about -- we're talking about words in both Spanish and English that look ...
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I wait for Vs I'm waiting for

A friend of mine, who's a ESL intermediate student, wrote in a letter "I wait for your answer" and I found it very weird. I know it's wrong but I can't explain what is exactly wrong. I would have said ...
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The tense of say

I found this sentence when looking up diffidence in dictionary: I say this with some diffidence. I think normally the action of saying is done in the past, so it's more natural to say :"I said ...
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Present Simple/Continuous

Can we use both present simple and continuous in this sentence? I've got a high temperature. I think i am coming/come down with a flu. Continuous - when we consider this to be as a process -> we ...
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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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what is the reason behind “this stops/ends now”?

how is the use of the present simple is classified here? it's clear that neither "stop" nor "end" are stative, and "this is stopping now" is just ridiculous. is it used because it describes an ...