This is the first episode of a special series of podcasts about grammar in context: today we’re talking about present simple. This might be very easy for you but it’s important to make sure you’re not making basic mistakes with the easier grammar before you try to use the more difficult grammar and vocabulary.
Form: Subject + Verb
3rd person singular: add -s to the Verb
Questions: Do/Does + Subject + Verb
Negative form: Don’t/Doesn’t + Verb
Contractions: Verb to be (I’m, you’re, he’s, she’s, it’s, we’re, they’re)
We use present simple to talk about things that are true now
We use present simple to talk about something that’s always true
We also use present simple when talking about something fixed in the future
Present simple is used when you talk about habits, repeated actions, the things you do, your lifestyle, etc (often with -adverbs of frequency)
Two truths and a lie: say two sentences that are true and one sentence that’s false. The other people have to ask questions to guess which sentence is the false one.
Who is the leader of your country?
What time do you start work or school tomorrow?
How often do you pick your nose?
What’s the economy like in your country?