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In this lesson, we will learn when to use the simple present tense.
Roma: In Simple Present, the action is simply mentioned and there’s nothing being said about its completeness. It is used to talk about an action that happens on a regular basis. For example:
Fred: Philip gets up at 6 o'clock every morning.
Roma: This sentence expresses something about Philip’s routine. He doesn’t get up at 7. He gets up at 6 every day.
Fred: Kate speaks English very well.
Roma: In this example, we are talking about about permanent or long-lasting situations.
Fred: I don’t like horror movies. Do you?
Roma: The simple present is also used to state facts, express preferences or ask questions.
Fred: California is in the United States.
Roma: We use the simple present when expressing general truth, facts and scientific laws about a specific thing.
Fred: The train leaves in five minutes.
Roma: In this example, we are talking about a time table or travel plan that is already scheduled. In this sense, it expresses a future action.
Fred: In her new movie, Angelina plays a troubled woman.
Roma: We also use the simple present when retelling things that happen in books or movies. Great examples, Fred. Now let’s see some sample conversations.
Annie: Thank you for coming. I just need to check some personal information.
Tsering: Sure, no problem.
Annie: Where are you from?
Tsering: I’m from Canada.
Annie: Do you live in San Francisco?
Tsering: Yes, I do.
Annie: What’s your address?
Tsering: I live at 145 Valencia Street.
Annie: Do you study?
Tsering: Yes, I do. I’m studying Literature.
Barney: Breakfast is my favorite meal.
Charlie: Well, people say it’s also the most important one.
Barney: What time do you have breakfast?
Charlie: I usually eat my breakfast at 7:30.
Barney: And what do you have for breakfast?
Charlie: I have pancakes and coffee.
Barney: Pancakes? Wow! That sounds good.
Charlie: Yeah! But I’m too lazy to cook. I just go to a coffee shop near my place.