The simple present tense is used to discuss permanant situations and the frequency of events. To have    Short form    Other Verbs (to work)
I have                   I’ve                       I work
he has                   he’s                       He works
she has                 she’s                     She works
it has                     it’s                         It works
you have            you’ve                 you work
we have               we’ve                   we work
they have           they’ve               they work
+    Statements
–    Questions    Short answer
+    Short answer
+Statement        -Statement          ?Question      +Short Answer       -Short Answer
I work.                   I don’t work.        Do I work?    Yes, I do.                  No, I don’t.
He works.      He doesn’t work.    Does he work?    Yes, he does.    No, he doesn’t.
She works.   She doesn’t work.    Does she work?  Yes, she does No, she doesn’t.
It works.    It doesn’t work.        Does it work?    Yes, it does.          No, it doesn’t.
You work.    You don’t work.    Do you work?    Yes you do.          No, you don’t.
We work.    We don’t work.        Do we work?    Yes we do.                 No, we don’t.
They work.    They don’t work.    Do they work?    Yes they do.    No, they don’t.

Regular or permanent situations

When something happens regularly or is a permanent situation we usually use the simple present tense. When using the simple present the verb (with the exception of the auxiliary verbs) remains in the dictionary form (verb + s with he/she/it).


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