Daisy is chatting to her brother Oliver, and his best mate Alfie, about her new boyfriend. Daisy and Oliver’s mum is working in Thailand this week.

We use the present simple to talk about repeated actions or events, permanent states or things which are always true. To find out more about the present simple, read and listen to the conversation below.

Can you give me some examples?

Yes, of course. We use the present simple to talk about things which are repeated every day, every week, every year, etc.

I usually get up at 7 o'clock.
During the week I have swimming practice on Mondays, I do taekwondo on Tuesdays and tennis on Thursdays.
We always go on holiday in the summer.

I see. And you use words for explaining more about the time too.

Yes, we often use adverbs of frequency sometimes, often, usually or other time expressions like on Mondays, twice a week or in the summer.

What about permanent states? What does that mean?

Permanent states are situations or feelings which are not temporary.

I like him a lot.
Sophie works as a travel writer.
They live in London.

We also use the present simple for general facts, for example when talking about science or geography.

Thailand is really hot at this time of year.
Snakes live on the ground, in trees and in water.

So what do I need to know about forming the present simple?

The main thing is that the third person singular forms end in -s or -es. That's for he, she or it.

He watches black and white films at his cinema club on Wednesdays.
He thinks chess is a sport!

OK, and the other forms don't end in -s  or -es?  I watch TV a lot. We think Coldplay are boring.

Correct!

What about questions and negatives?

For most verbs we use the present simple of the verb do/does + subject + infinitive without to to form questions.

Do you see him on Wednesdays then?
Does Jack like sports?

For negatives we use the subject + do/does + not + infinitive without to.

Daisy and Jack don't go out together much at the weekend.
I don't think Coldplay are boring.

To go back to the idea of permanent and temporary things, what about this sentence: Is your mum in Thailand this week? Isn't that temporary?

Yes, it is. That's a very good point. Normally we use the present simple for permanent states, and the present continuous for temporary states, but some verbs are thought of as State Verbs and they are not usually used in the continuous form.

And the verb to be is one of those verbs?

Exactly! So even though staying in Thailand is temporary, we use the present simple with the verb to be. Here's another example:

How's Daisy? Is she with you?   

But that isn't the question form you just told me about! Where's the do?

Ah, no. I said 'for most verbs we use do in questions'. The verb to be is different and so are modal verbs like can. We'll look at the verb to be separately because it's different and very common.

What are the other state verbs?

We'll look at those when we look at the Present Continuous. Any more questions?

Yes, what about: The train leaves at 5 in the morning? Isn't that talking about an event in the future?

Yes, it is, but it's also a repeated event. This is sometimes called the 'timetable future'.

OK, I have a maths class in a minute, so I have to go.

Good use of the 'timetable future'! Bye!

 

Discussion

Tell us about your typical day. Remember to use the present simple!

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ecpgazi26 23 September, 2022 - 21:31

I wake up at 6 am on weekdays.I have my breakfast and go to school by school bus.School starts at 8 am.I have my lunch there.I come back home about half past three.I do my homework and have some rest.I usually go to bed at 10.30 pm. On weekends it's all different.I wake up at 10 am.I go to volleyball course or go out with my friends.Also I study for my lessons (especially maths). I watch things or read books.I go to bed around 12 pm.

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goldenhour 23 September, 2022 - 20:24

I get up at 6:00 first. I brush my teeth and have breakfast after that. I'm going to school and I have classes. I finish classes at 15.10 and go home. I usually do my homework at 16:00. I have dinner at 18.00. I usually go to bed at 23:30.

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omeraltug 23 September, 2022 - 17:08

İ get up at 6.20 am.Then i brush my teeth and get dressed. Then i go to school by school bus and first class start at 8.00 am.After that i have lunch in dinning hall. Our classes finish at 3.10 pm. Then i have a rest and have dinner. After that i study at 7-7.30 pm. İ finish mu studies usually 9-9.30 pm. Finally i brush my teeth and sleep.

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Levitating 22 September, 2022 - 20:17

I wake up at 7 a.m. after wash my face and I have breakfast after that go to the school and listen lesson. Finish my school I'll take the bus and go home. 1 hour rest after start my homework and ı study english then ı have dinner and study lesson finally ı go to the bed at 12 p.m.

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lehaibinh1903 5 August, 2022 - 10:15

I wake up at 6 a.m. and brush my teeth. Then i have pasta or cereal for my breakfast. At 7 a.m., I read a comic book. At 8 a.m., I practice English by doing quizlet. Next, I go to my cousin’s to play video game. I come home for lunch at 10:30 a.m. I take a nap and then I have a piano class from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. I watch tv for thirty minutes. Sometimes I read some comic bocks I have. I have dinner from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. i watch tv then go to bed :)

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cherry00 23 July, 2022 - 18:31

I get up at 6.45 a.m, I have breakfast, I wear clothes and I go to school. It starts at 7.50 a.m. I go home at 2.00 p.m. and I have lunch. Then I watch TV and I do my homework from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. I have a shower and at 8 p.m. I have dinner. I watch TV or I read a book and at 22.30 I go to bed.

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Capixt 21 June, 2022 - 17:28

I wake up at 7 a.m. and I exercise then, I take a shower and eat my breackfast. Then I study from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the afternoon I practice the piano and make my homework then I have english clase to 4 from 7. And that's it :)

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Curry30 10 May, 2022 - 11:02

I get up at 6.20 in the morning, have breakfast, get ready, brush my teeth and leave the house. I take the bike and go to the station to take the train, I take the train and arrive at the other station. I am with my friends and I walk to school, I arrive at school I do my lessons usually are 6 hours. I take the train and arrive at the station, take the bike and go home. When I get home I eat and go out with friends until 7. I come home I eat and around 10.30 / 11.00 pm I brush my teeth and go to bed.

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Brunito1445 17 March, 2022 - 21:30

Usually the days of school I wake up at 7am and I get ready to go to school, at noon When I arrive at my house lunch and then I lay down for a bit. I get up from a nap and I'm going to play sports, then I do my homework, I take a shower I have dinner and at 12 am I lay down

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NoSeJuju 15 March, 2022 - 19:15

This is my routine. First, I get up at 7.00 o'clock. I brush my teeth and after that i have breakfast. I go to the school and have classes. I finish classes at 12.50 hours and go back home. I usually go to the gym at 16.00 o'clock and often finish at 17.00 o'clock. I have dinner at 21.00 o'clock. I usually go to bed at 23.30 hours.

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Celest3 14 March, 2022 - 18:24

On school days I get up at 6.50 am, I get ready (brush my teeth, get dressed, and have breakfast) and I go to school. When I arriva home, I have lunch, I do some homework, exercise and read for then have a shower, dinner, brush my teeth and go to bed.

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Maygab 7 March, 2022 - 02:47

I usually get up at 6.00 a.m o´clock, I take a shower, I have breakfast, start my lessons at 2.00 p.m., I have lunch, I finish my classes 7:00 pm I have dinner with my family, I watches tv series, I sleeps at eleven or twelve o´clock.

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blackCat7 7 March, 2022 - 01:52

My day stars at 6 o'clock, i get up, was, have breakfast and go to school. After finishing my classes, i get home and to do my home work. I have dinner at 6:30 pm and go to bed at 10:00 pm.

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Bergerpast 7 March, 2022 - 01:41

I wake up at 8:00 am. I have breakfast and take a shower after study english. I have lunch at 2:00 pm. I watch movies at night.

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Aleb 7 March, 2022 - 01:21

Usually on Mondays I get up at 6:30 am, brush my teeth, get dressed, and take my first virtual class at 7 am. Ay 9 am I make muy breakfast, make muy bed am continue with muy classes at 10 pm, do homework and go to bed ay 1 am.
Tuesday at Friday I get up at 8 am, make my breakfast, get dressed and make my bed. Do my homework and start my classes at 10 am, go to school if necessary, come home at 2:30 pm, do homework, make my lunch, do more homework and go to bed ay 12 am.

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Shelmy 7 March, 2022 - 00:52

Hi. I usually get up at 5:00. After I take a shower and I have a breakfast. And then I leave my house and take the bus to the school. The school start 7:00. After school I go to the library and I study english.
After I go back home and eat dinner. I have a free time then I watch movie and relax with my family. I go to bed at 11:40.

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Addi 7 March, 2022 - 00:46

My day starts at 11:30 am I have coffee I go to the gym I return home I take a shower how do I start my classes finishing my classes I have dinner and then I go to work to leave at 5:30 am and sleep

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v01shebnik 22 January, 2022 - 16:41

My day starts at 6:30 o'clock. I have breakfast and go to school. After finishing my classes, I run to the gym or quantorium and return home. I have dinner, do my homework, read books or watch videos and go to bed.

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student53 18 December, 2021 - 19:21

My usual day starts at 8 am, I get up, wash, have breakfast, then go to school, then study until 2 pm, go home, rest for 1 hour and sit down to do my homework. I have dinner at 7:30 pm and go to bed at 11:00 pm.

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Sol04 14 October, 2021 - 09:18

I usually get up at 6.00 a.m and I prepare myself, I take the bus for school and start my lessons at 8.00 a.m. When I finish my classes, I go home and have lunch, then I do housework and I relax or go out. In the evening I Cook and have dinner with my mum, I do the washing-up and I watch Tv series, then I go to bed

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ilrxia 14 October, 2021 - 09:15

I usually wake up between 6/6.30 in the morning, then I drink a cappuccino and after that I brush my teeth. I go to school and in the afternoon I listen to music or I watch movies/tv series, I don’t play any sports but I like watching basketball, I like reading books and painting.
In the evening I have dinner with my family and I watch videos on youtube with my sibilings.
I always go to sleep late, that’s the reason why I always need coffee in the morning.

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Shark32_ 14 October, 2021 - 09:13

On school days, I usually wake up at 6,30 when my alarm rings on my phone.
Then I have breakfast, I clean my bedroom and I brush my teeth.
The school lessons always start at 8 o' clock and finish at 2.00 pm.
I go home and have lunch then I do my homework and study until dinner time at 8.00 pm.
Then I have a relaxing shower and I watch some movies or TV series and then I go to bed at Midnight because I'm very tired.

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Yuko 14 October, 2021 - 09:13

My typical day begins, at 7 am I get up, wash myself, have breakfast, then I go to school. When the school finishes, I go back home.

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bosskilla 14 October, 2021 - 09:12

in the afternoon I always go to the gym at 5:00pm and I spend 2 hours at the gym and after that I go to the driving school at 7:00pm. to learn more things about the law of the road.

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M4r1nell4 14 October, 2021 - 09:10

Every day, I wake up at 6:30 a.m., I have a breakfast with my boyfriend, I do my skincare and I get dressed. I go to school. Lessons finish at 2.00 p.m. I go home and have lunch. I do my homework and i go out with my friends. I go back home and i have dinner . I have a shower, watch Tv and I go to bed.

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Gianfrancioschio 14 October, 2021 - 09:04

Every day I get up at 7:30 a.m., I have breakfast with a cup of milk and two or three biscuits, I go to school at 8:30 a.m., I follow every lesson, I go home where there is a big big lunch waiting for me. I sleep for two hours, at 6:30 p.m. I go to play football in a little city close to mine, I return home and I have dinner. At 11:00 p.m. I brush my teeth and I go to bed.

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Diva69 14 October, 2021 - 09:01

I usually wake up at 6:30 am and I get up at 6:55 am, i take the bus to school at 7:20 am, then i go to school. I usually get out of school at 2:00 pm and I take the bus to go home at 2:35 pm.
I have lunch as soon as I get home and i start doing my homework,
after that I look through my instagram waiting for dinner. I have dinner at 7:30 pm and then I go to bed at 11:00 pm.

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Ema_tavo 31 August, 2021 - 13:46

I get up in the morning, I have breakfast. I make a plan for the day, that means that I choose how much homework I'm going to do and how much I'm going to play. I usually finish my homework in the afternoon.

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