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  • When should you use simple-present verbs, and what do they look like?

  • Use the simple present for a general truth (or opinion), a regular activity, or a permanent

  • activity. Pine trees stay green all year. That is a

  • general truth. He goes to bed early on Sunday nights. That

  • is a regular activity.

  • She teaches children. That is a permanent activity.

  • Notice that some verbs end in s or es. For example,

  • She teaches children.

  • but

  • They teach children.

  • Why is there a difference? Look at this chart.

  • Notice that the verb drink works for most of the subjects. But third-person singular

  • subjects require an s or es on the end of the verb. Most verbs like these have an s

  • on the end. But if the verb normally ends with ch, sh, s, x, or z, then you need to

  • add es when the subject is third-person singular.

  • Use simple present verbs to tell what they do.

  • For example. You see the word He, the verb climb, and the word mountains.

  • Complete the sentence by saying, He climbs mountains. Notice that there is an s on the

  • end.

  • They help sick people. Notice that there is no s on the end.

  • She keeps people safe.

  • During Week 2 and Week 3 of this unit, I will talk more about present-tense verbs: both

  • simple-present verbs and present-progressive verbs. Some of these videos will focus on

  • negative forms, questions, contractions, and pronunciation.

  • For now, here is a little more practice for simple-present verbs.

  • Use simple present verbs to talk about these general truths.

  • Dogs hear high-pitched noises.

  • A mountain stream brings fresh water to the countryside.

  • Use simple present verbs to talk about these regular activities.

  • They stay a long time whenever they visit.

  • Paul washes the car on Saturdays.

  • She checks her email every morning.

  • Learn more about present-tense verbs by watching the videos for Week 2 and Week 3 of this unit.

  • Now, it's your turn. Use the simple present to tell us about one of your favorite regular

  • activities.

  • For example,

  • My wife and I watch a movie every Saturday night.

  • or

  • I read for thirty minutes every morning before work.

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When should you use simple-present verbs, and what do they look like?

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Simple present-tense verbs in English

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/11/23
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