The Present Simple TenseINTRODUCTION
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Simple present tense with 'be'
|Positive||Positive Short Form|
Click here to practise making the positive with 'be'.
|Negative||Negative short form|
|I am not||I'm not|
|you are not||you aren't|
|he is not||he isn't|
|she is not||she isn't|
|it is not||it isn't|
|we are not||we aren't|
|they are not||they aren't|
Click here to practise making the negative with 'be'.
|Yes / No Questions|
|am I ?|
|are you ?|
|is he ?|
|is she ?|
|is it ?|
|are we ?|
|are they ?|
Click here to practise making yes / no questions with 'be'.
|where||am I ?|
|what||are you ?|
|why||is he ?|
|who||is she ?|
|when||are we ?|
|how||are they ?|
Click here to practise making 'wh' questions with 'be' .
Click here to practise making positive, negative and question forms with 'be' (exercise 1)
Click here to practise making positive, negative and question forms with 'be' (exercise 2)
Present simple tense with other verbs
|Positive (of 'play')|
- For a few verbs, there is a spelling change before the 's'. For example, 'study' becomes 'studies'. Click here for a list of these verbs .
- There are also few verbs which are irregular in the present simple:
- 'have' becomes 'has'
- 'do' becomes 'does'
- 'go' becomes 'goes'
Click here to practise making the positive form for other verbs (exercise 1)
Click here to practise making the positive form for other verbs (exercise 2)
|Negative (of 'play')|
|I do not play||I don't play|
|you do not play||you don't play|
|he does not play||he doesn't play|
|she does not play||she doesn't play|
|it does not play||it doesn't play|
|we do not play||we don't play|
|they do not play||they don't play|
Click here to practise making the negative (exercise 1)
Click here to practise making the negative (exercise 2)
Fem servir el "Present Simple" per descriure coses que passen habitualment (o no):
usually, on Mondays, sometimes, in the morning, after school....
|Yes / No questions|
|do I play ?|
|do you play ?|
|does he play ?|
|does she play ?|
|does it play ?|
|do we play ?|
|do they play ?|
Click here to practise making yes / no questions.
|where||do I play ?|
|what||do you play ?|
|why||does he play ?|
|who||does she play ?|
|when||do we play ?|
|how||do they play ?|
Click here to practise making 'wh' questions
Mixed exercise 1
Mixed exercise 2
Mixed exercise 3
Mixed exercise 4 using both 'be' and other verbs
|be verbs (negative formation)||one|
|be verbs (question formation)||one|
|be + adjective (for description)||one|
|have + noun (for description)||one||two (has got)|
|There is.../There are...||one|
|not yet, just, already||one|
|plural nouns (s, es, ies ...)||one|
|singular nouns (an ...)||one|
Click here for all the exercises about this tense
Next, I explain how to USE the Present Simple.