Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lesson 10: The Simple Present Tense

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Verbs in the present tense follow this pattern:


> singular form: the verb is with 's' or 'es' (sings, dances, plays)

> plural form: the verb is without 's' or 'es' (sing, dance, play)



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MAIN USE OF THE SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE OF A VERB.


>To express a habitual action: an action that happens all the time.

  • My mother cooks delicious food.
  • He always makes excuses.
  • She never comes to school late.


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**When a sentence contains a verb phrase 'to do', only the the verb phrase agrees with the subject in number; the main verb takes the form without 's' or 'es' regardless of the subject being singular or plural.

Example:

  • Incorrect: Does she sings in church?
  • Correct: Does she sing in church?

  • Incorrect: Does they sing in church?
  • Correct: Do they sing in church?

  • Incorrect: She doesn't goes to the school everyday.
  • Correct: She doesn't go to school everyday.

  • Incorrect: They doesn't go to the school everyday.
  • Correct: They don't go to the school everyday.


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Exercise:


Use the simple present tense of a verb in answering each question below.


Example:

>What do you before you go to work?
>I sing a song before I go to work.


1.) What do you do before you go to sleep?

2.) How often do you watch movies in the theater house?

3.) What do your mother usually cook for breakfast?

4.) At what age do you think children need the most attention form their parents?




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