Grammar Talks 2-02 | Beginner | Present Simple

Morning Routine

John and Sarah discuss what they do in the morning.
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Sarah: John, tell me about your day. What time do you wake-up?

John: Well, let's see. Some days I wake up early. Maybe about 6 o'clock. Yeah, sometimes I wake up at 6 o'clock.

When I get up early, I like to get ready for the day, take a shower and have breakfast. But other days, I don't like getting up early. Maybe I'll sleep in until 10:00 or 11:00.

Sarah: Wow.

John: Yeah. I like sleeping in late. So sometimes, I wake up at 11:00. On those days, if I know I won't wake up until 11:00, I'll take a shower the night before, before I go to bed. How about you, Sarah? When do you usually wake up?

Sarah: Well, I like everyday to be the same. So I wake up everyday at 8 o'clock.

John: 8:00.

Sarah: 8:00. And I always do the same thing. First, I make coffee right away. Then I wake up my kids and we have breakfast together at about 8:30.

John: Really?

Sarah: Yes. We usually have something easy like bread and yogurt and fruit.

John: I like to have coffee every morning whether I wake up at 6:00 or at 10:00. I'm still going to have coffee. But I often skip breakfast. Do you always eat breakfast everyday?

Sarah: Yes. If I don't eat breakfast, I'm so hungry. What about lunch? What time do you have lunch?

John: Lunch is the same everyday for me. I always eat lunch at 12:30 PM. So whenever I wake up, I do some things and then I always have lunch at 12:30 PM, just half past noon. And I always have a simple lunch. Maybe some soup or spaghetti or a sandwich. Something light, and it's always at half past noon. What time do you eat lunch?

Sarah: That's interesting. I have breakfast at the same time everyday but lunch is always at a different time.

John: Really?

Sarah: Because I'm busy in the morning. I go out, maybe I go shopping. Sometimes, I clean the house. So I might have lunch at 11 o'clock or 12 o'clock. Sometimes as late as 2:30.

John: Oh, that's getting late.

Sarah: Yes. But it's always easy lunch like you. Maybe crackers and cheese or a sandwich or a baked potato.

John: I see.

Present Simple

We use the present simple to talk about actions we do regularly.

Questions

What do you eat for breakfast?
Where do you eat lunch?
When do you eat dinner?

Affirmative

I eat toast and fruit.
I work at home.
I live near the station.

Negative

I do not eat cereal.
I do not work in town.
I do not live by my work.

Negative Contraction

I don't eat cereal.
I don't work in town.
I don't live by my work.

Yes / No Questions

Do you eat at home?

Yes, I do. / Yes, I eat at home.
No, I don't. / No, I don't eat at home.

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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