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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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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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future tense (which sentence is correct?)

If the examinations are coming, I want to tell my mother that I will work hard before the examinations. Which sentence is correct? A) I will work hard in next two weeks. B) I will be working hard in ...
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Tense not validating

"He likes sleeping." This is a simple present tense but my question is sleeping act as a object in it ?If not then why verb is with ing (I know it is gerund). Because as far as I know sleep is a ...
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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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“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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Present Continuous vs.Present Simple (Passive Voice)

When one uses a verb in the passive voice in the present simple, does a statement always mean regular actions, but not a particular time or a situation? Professional liability of a specialist is [...
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How to identify whether sentence is passive voice or in simple tense?

How to identify whether sentence is passive voice or in simple present tense? I.e. does it mean habitual or repeated action or just simple passive tense? This table is cleaned by John Meanings ...
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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 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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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: ...