GRAMMAR – Simple Present Tense

When do we use the SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE?

When something is generally or always true (FACTS or STATES).
The book is on the table.
The tables aren’t blue.
Why is the door open?
People need water.

For a situation that we think is somewhat permanent.
I live in Brazil.
She doesn’t eat meat.
I am a teacher.
Do you have a car?

For habits or things we do regularly.
I watch TV in the evening.
We usually eat Sunday lunch together.
I have a karate class on Mondays.
He drinks coffee with breakfast.

When we are telling jokes.
A horse walks into a bar.
The barman sees him.
The barman asks: Why the long face?

To talk about the future when we are discussing a timetable or a plan.
The movie starts at 8 pm.
What time does the train leave?
The class ends at 7:45 pm.
The ship doesn’t sail at 3 pm.

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