Subject + base verb
|Examples:||I walk||They run|
|You kill||He/ she/ it waits*|
|We eat||*Note: add -s to the verb when the subject is he, she, or it. If the verb ends in -y, change the -y to an -i and add -es.
Use present simple when explaining how something is or usually is. More specifically, present simple is used for:
– Gravity prevents us from floating around.
2. General truths and stereotypes
– Doctors are treated with more respect than educators.
3. Common occurrences
– Students often ignore teachers after a big lunch.
– I pull my hair when marking tests.
5. Feelings and preferences
– I enjoy holidays. I don’t really like the stress of work. I prefer holidays to work stress.
6. Discussing or reviewing literature
– In Catch 22, Joseph Heller illustrates the illogical chasm that occasionally forms between reality and practicability.