Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Simple Form

 

We'll begin our examination of all the tenses by first looking at the present tense. There are four present tenses and we'll begin with the present simple tense. It's the most common tense in the English language as it talks about things in general, general facts, routines, habits. Those are usages that we'll look at in a little while but first let's focus on the form of the tense. Here, we've got our subjects 'I', 'you', 'we', 'they' and the base form of the verb followed by the rest of our sentence. Here for the 'he', 'she' and 'it' subjects, we have to conjugate our verb and in this case we've added an '-es' for 'teaches' followed by the rest of our sentence. With subjects 'I', 'you', 'we' and 'they' the pattern stays the same throughout we use the base form of the verb. However, with subjects 'he', 'she' and 'it' we have some patterns for verb conjugations that we need to have a look at.


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In this unit we are taught about how we speak about the events and activities that are yet to take place, like the present and past tenses, the future tense takes on different formats such as future simple tense, future perfect tense, future perfect continuous tense etc. I have learned the use of the "be going to" and how it is used as a future tense,and "the present simple" tense used in the future tense, this was a very new idea to me which I found a bit confusing needing to be watched closely lest they be confused with other tenses.