Present Simple Tense


I/ you/ we/ they

He/ she/ it/ James


I/ you/ we/ they + bare infinitive

We go to bed early.

He/ she/ it/ James + Verb – s/ es
She goes to bed early.


I/ you/ we/ they + do not + bare infinitive
Do not = don’t
They don’t go to bed early.

He/ she/ it/ James + does not + bare infinitive
Does not = doesn’t

James doesn’t go to bed early.


Do + I/ you/ we/ they + bare infinitive?
Do they go to bed early?

Does + he/ she/ it/ James + bare infinitive?
Does she go to bed early?


  •  To describe habits, timetables, repeated actions or events
  • She usually wakes up at 6 o’clock.
  • To talk about general truths
  • The Sun rises in the East
  • To give instructions or directions
  • Don’t open that box. Throw it away.
  • To talk about something that is fixed in the future
  • The bus leaves at 8 pm. Hurry up!

Signal words:

Always, usually, often, sometimes, seldom, never, every day, every week, every month, every year, on Sundays, after school, before school


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