Simple Present Tense

Simple Present Tense – Use to Express

In Simple Present Tense, Verb shows the present time without telling about the completion of the action. But it tells simply.  

Simple Present Tense is used to express-

  • habitual actions
  • general truths
  • repeated actions
  • to tell about future action plans
  • to give instructions
  • in News

 Simple Present Tense- Uses and Examples

Uses of Simple Present Tense
Uses of Simple Present Tense

Here are the uses of simple present tense with examples.

Habitual action

* Simple Present Tense is used to express habitual actions in the present.

 

We shall see what ‘habitual action’ actually is!

Definition of habitual

Habitual is the adjective form of habit. Habit means anything we do repeatedly.

Meaning of habitual

The meaning of habitual is the same action we do frequently.

Present simple tense is used to tell about the habits; as,

  • He smokes.
  • I get up at 5 am every day.
  • Architecture students visit monuments every Sunday.
  • He participates in every dance competition.
  • She drinks coffee in the afternoon.

General truths that are Facts

We use present simple tense to express general truths that are facts.

  • We use present simple tense to express something, that is, always true.
  • As the speaker thinks, that the situation was true in the past, is true now, and it will be true after this, that is in the future.

Here are some examples of the general truths.

  • The Sun rises in the east.
  • Earth revolves around the Sun.
  • A cat has a tail.
  • Fish is an aquatic animal.
  • Mumbai is in India.

Repeated action

Present simple tense is used to tell about repeated actions; as,

  • He never stands by me.
  • We sometimes play on that ground.
  • She goes to the office every day at 9 o’clock.
  • You always forget your wallet.
  • Every weekend I have a holiday.

Future action plans

Simple Present Tense is used to tell about future action plans; as,

  • College reopens on 13th June.
  • The bus passes in the morning at 6 o’clock.
  • The lecture starts at 9 o’clock.
  • He arrives tomorrow.

Instructions

We use Simple Present Tense to give instructions; as,

  • Stay here and wait for bus no.34.
  • Ask the conductor about your stop and get down.
  • Walk for two hundred meters and then turn right.
  • Wrap the gift in a coloured paper.
  • Open the door.

News

In the newspaper headlines, we always use Simple Present Tense; as,

  • Chief Minister meets Prime Minister.
  • The Indian cricket team arrives in Delhi.
  • There is a discussion about security in assembly.
  • Dhoni takes a wicket.

Conditional sentences

We can use Simple Present Tense in conditional sentences; as,

  • If I go there, I shall buy it.
  • If you win the competition, I shall be very glad.
  • If you stand first in your class, I shall gift you a silver pen.

Question about use of simple present tense

There is always a question in our mind-

Which one of these is used to express habitual actions?

  1. present perfect tense
  2. simple present tense
  3. past continuous tense
  4. present continuous tense

The answer is-

  • The simple present tense is used to express habitual action.

♦ Which tense is used to express general or universal truth?

♦ Which tense is used to express general truths and facts?

Again the answer to both above questions is-

  • The simple present tense is used to express general or universal truth.

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