Sunday, October 5, 2014

Simple Tenses



Paul goes to work at 9 every morning. 




The simple tenses are used to talk about regular or repeated actions:
present
past
future


The simple tenses are also used to talk about permanent situations:
present
past
future




theQuirks 


presentThe past and future simple can be used to talk about single events:







but in the present we are in the middle of it, so we have to use the present progressive:



pastThe present simple simple is used to talk about general truths, such as scientific facts:


pastThe present simple simple is also used in book and film reviews, because books and films always tell the same story:





We also use it for jokes and anecdotes, which always tell the same story, and in dramatic narrative:





Finally, we use it in sports and concert commentaries:



even though the events are taking place at the moment of speaking (it's a lot easier to comment live using the present simple, too).