Present Simple - One Minute Grammar

CleAnn / Trinidad and Tabagoflaf

What is a typical evening for you?

When I'm back home in Trinidad and Tobago, I spend my typical evenings just relaxing. I go outside, I sit in my porch. I read the newspapers, I read a book and I just enjoy the breeze and the relaxation. Sometimes I might even go to the beach with some of my friends, it's a lot of fun. And it's very relaxing because I get to be near the seaside, I get to be near the water and I get to take a nice bath. And so I think for me, that's the ideal way to spend an evening. At home, in Trinidad and Tobago, just relaxing. 

Simple Present

We use the present simple to talk about constant situations or actions that happen on a regular basis.

I play tennis. I do not play golf.
You have a nice car. You do not know him.
He works here. He does not work at home.
She has a cat. She does not have a dog.
They love it. They do not use it much.
We live close to each other. We do not meet often.

WH Questions - Use the auxiliary verb 'do' and 'does' before the subject to make questions.

(Q) What do you do?
(A) I work at home.
(N) I don’t work in an office.

(Q) When do you get to work?
(A) I get to work at 8.
(N) I don’t arrive until 8:30.

(Q) Where do go on the weekend?
(A) I play soccer in the park.
(N) I don’t stay at home.

(Q) Who do you talk to every day?
(A) I talk with my friends.
(N) I don’t talk with my sister.

(Q) How do you get to work?
(A) I drive to work.
(N) I do not take the bus.

Simple Present + Y/N Questions

(Q) Do you live close to here?
(A) Yes, I live down the street.
(N) No, I live far away.

Short Answers

(A) Yes, I do.
(N) No, I don’t.

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Listen to four short conversations using the present simple tense.