Present simple Exercises

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Present Simple Form : (Base form (verb 1 ) )

In English we use the present simple tense to talk about facts or things that are always true, as well as things in general. Present simple is also used to talk about a repeated action such as a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens.

In English we use 'do' and 'does' as auxiliary verbs in negatives and questions and we often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency such as sometimes, always, often, never, usually, rarely, and hardly ever.

Notes for use of present simple :

In the third person, ‘s’ is added to the verb form. For example;

work --> works

run --> runs

live --> lives

For verbs that end in 'o', 'sh', 'ch', 's' and 'x', we add 'es' to the verb form. For example;

go --> goes

wish --> wishes

watch --> watches

kiss --> kisses

fax --> faxes

For verbs that end in a consonant + 'y', we change the 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'. For example;

try --> tries

study --> studies

The table below shows the different forms of present simple :

Example Verb : Work
I / You  / We / They
He / She / It
Positive... work.... works.
Negative... don't work.... doesn't work.


Do ... work?Does ... work?
Short answersYes, ... do. / No, ... don't.Yes, ... does. / No, ... doesn't.

For the verb 'to be' we use 'am', 'is', 'are' in the present simple. No auxiliary verbs are used in negative sentences and questions.

Verb: Be
You / We / They
He / She / It
PositiveI'm ...... 're ...... 's ...
NegativeI'm not ...... aren't ...... isn't ...
QuestionsAm I ... ?Are ... ...?Is ... ...?
Short answersYes, I am. / No, I'm not.Yes, ... are. / No, ... aren't.Yes, ... is. / No, ... isn't.

Present Simple Example Sentences :

Positive Examples of Present Simple :

  • She plays tennis on Saturdays.
  • They often eat out in Soho.
  • The train leaves at 9.00am.
  • My name is Mike.
  • I am 24 years old.

Negative Examples of Present Simple :

  • I don’t work at weekends.
  • He doesn’t go out on Fridays.
  • We don’t live in the city centre.
  • She isn't hungry.
  • You aren't late.

Question Examples of Present Simple :

  • Do you eat three meals per day?
  • Does he have a car?
  • Do they live in London? 
  • Is your cat OK?
  • What's wrong with him?

Present simple example sentences
How old are you?
Yes, of course I remember.
Erm... Yeah... Sure! It's our first anniversary!
Maybe she really is allergic to cats, we don't know that.
Pogo is my little cat, is there a problem with that?
I can cook, of course, but only when I feel like it.
Really? How do I wake you up?
Who is Mike, darling?
Yes, Bear eats one and a half cats everyday for breakfast.
That's right, we should never forget how irresponsible my housemates are.
No, we drain pasta with a grater.
Yes, I have got two sisters.
There is a robot in a kid's body, but he doesn't know he's a robot.
I'm really sorry about that!
It makes all of our clothes stink!
Of course, here you go, this is the bathroom.
You are absolutely right!
The packets have 2 pieces in them.
I don't need to wake up very early.
Oh my god! It’s almost 12 o’clock.


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