Simple Present in English? Rules and Examples

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THE Simple Present or simple present is a tense that we use to indicate habitual actions and recurring situations that occur in the present or in everyday life. It can also be used to Express feelings, desires, opinions, truths and preferences.

Its name is obvious and it means simple verbal form of the present. Phrases with simple present usually accompany expressions of time (adverbs) such as:

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now agora
always sempre
today hoje
never nunca
every day todos os dias
often frequentemente
daily diariamente
sometimes às vezes
every morning todas as manhãs

For you to see how the Simple Gift it's a simple thing, let's see some examples below:

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I run Eu corro
You run Você corre
We run Nós corremos
I always run Eu sempre corro
She kisses Ela beija
She daily kisses Ela beija diariamente
She often does Ela faz frequentemente
It dies Ele morre
He enjoys Ele gosta
It plays Ele/ela brinca
Babies cry  Bebes choram

Simple present rules and tips

Now that you have seen several examples above, be aware of some rules that you can observe in these examples:

  • Verbs change when he, she and it are used. An “S” is added at the end of the verb.
  • When the verb ends in "O, S, SS, SH, CH, X or Z" you must add the ES instead of just an S.
  • When the verb ends with consonants before the Y, you must remove the Y and add HEI in place. [study = studies]
  • The verbs in the simple present are used with the verbs in the infinitive, but without the “to” particle.
  • The verb “to do” means to do. Already in simple present it is used as an auxiliary verb that complements the formation of negative and interrogative sentences.

simple present

Difference between simple present x present continuous? THE simple present describes a habitual action and occurred while the present continuous describes an action that is currently taking place or has just taken place.

Conjugation of the verb to be in Simple Present: 

  • I am (I'm)
  • You are (You're)
  • He is (He's)
  • She is (She's)
  • It is (It's)
  • You are (You're)
  • We are (We're)
  • They are (They're)

The simple present also has a way of combining the verb to have.

Simple present example sentences

Now that you know the rules, let's see everything in practice with examples:

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Phrase in Portuguese and English Frase em Português Observação
The sky is blue O céu é azul Verdade Universal
He leaves his office at six o'clock. Ele deixa o escritório às seis horas Afirmativo
I don't understand what they say Eu não entendo o que eles dizem Negativo
Do they know about this? Eles sabem sobre isso? Interrogativo
Mary and I work together. Mary e eu trabalhamos juntos. Habitual
Jack lives in Canada. Jack vive no canada. Afirmativo
She go to church every sunday. Ela vai para igreja todos os domingos. Afirmativo
We don't have the time. Nós não temos tempo.
Don't cry for me. Não chore por mim.