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ID number:928135
Published: 25.10.2007.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

the simple present

the action is general
the action happens all the time, or habitually, in the past, present and future
the action is not only happening now
the statement is always true

John drives a taxi.
(It is John's job to drive a taxi. He does it every day. Past, present and future.)

I live in New York.
The Moon goes round the Earth.
John drives a taxi.
He does not drive a bus.
We do not work at night.
Do you play football?
(Note that with the verb to be, we can also use the simple present tense for situations that are not general. We can use the simple present tense to talk about now. Look at these examples of the verb to be in the present simple tense—some of them are general, some of them are now:))

Am I right?
Tara is not at home.
You are happy.
(The situation is now.)

I am not fat.
Why are you so beautiful?
Ram is tall.
(The situation is general. Past, present and future.)…

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