A1/A2 English - Present simple

Present simple is used to talk about things we do on a regular basis. Take a look below and master this grammar. Then test yourself with the quiz below. 

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Present Simple

When we talk about things we do regularly, but not at the moment we are speaking, we use present simple.

I play football once a week
He runs before work.

‘Have’, ‘do’ and ‘go’ are irregular if we use ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘it.’ 

He has 2 cats.
does an art class with her freinds.
My dad goes to the shops once a week.

When asking questions, use do or does.

Do you like chocolate?
Does he play tennis?

For the negative, we use don’t + verb or doesn’t + verb.

We don’t do that.
The cat 
doesn’t like the dog.

It is also used in cases of a general statement.

She hates him.

Also, when adding an s or es for heshe and it. Sometimes we also change y to i

He studies at Oxford.

'to be'

If we want to talk about situations, we can use the present simple form of ‘to be’.

I am – I am from England

you/we/they are – They are from England

he/she/it is – He is from England

We can shorten, by removing the first vowel from the verb:

I am – ‘m – I’m Jack.

you/we/they are – ‘re – We’re going to Thailand.

he/she/it is – ‘s – He’s Japanese.

For negatives, we add not after the verb. You can also shorten not, except for with am.

I am not  – I’m not English.

you/we/they are not – aren’t – We aren’t able to go.

he/she/it is – isn’t – He isn’t a teacher.

Question Words

We can put question words before do or does.

Where do you live?
When does he leave?

Where are you from? 
When is the train? 

He _____ with his dad once a week.

We ____  meat.

Where ______ going tonight?

I _______ going to study this evening.

Your grade is: __

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