Present Simple and Continuous Tense

In the following pages you will read about the use of Present Simple and Present Continuous Tense.

1. The Present Simple Tense


The present tense is the base form of the verb:

I speak English.

But the third person (she/he/it) adds an -s:

She speaks English.

Questions are formed by adding the auxiliary verb DO:

Do you speak English?    or

Does she speak English?

Negatives are formed by adding the auxiliary verb DO and NOT:

You do not speak English.

He does not (doesn't) speak English.


Watch the following movie taken from the British Council website to get a better picture of one of the uses of the Present Simple Tense: