The present simple at CEFR Level A1

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The present simple at CEFR Level A1The present simple at CEFR Level A1. In English grammar, the present simple is used to talk about habits and routines. Here is an example of the present simple in a sentence:

I work on weekdays.

The present simple can also be used to talk about something you don’t do.

I don’t eat meat.

The present simple verb can change if you talk about other people.

Positive +Negative –
Iworkdon’t work.
Youworkdon’t work.
Weworkdon’t work.
Heworksdoesn’t work.
Sheworksdoesn’t work.
Itworksdoesn’t work.
Theyworkdon’t work.

The present simple also changes if you ask questions about other people.

DoIwork?
Doyouwork?
Dowework?
Doeshework?
Doesshework?
Doesitwork?
Dotheywork?

For he, she or it, the present simple changes:


I missHe missesverb ends in ‘s’add +es
I flyHe fliesverbs ends in consonant + ‘y’add +ies
I washHe washesverb ends in ‘sh’add +es
I fixHe fixesverb ends in ‘x’add +es
I buzzIt buzzesverb ends in ‘z’add +es

Another change that happens with the present simple is with have.

I have a new car.I don’t have a new car.Do I have a new car?
You have a new car.You don’t have a new car.Do you have a new car?
We have a new car.We don’t have a new car.Do we have a new car?
He has a new car.He doesn’t have a new car.Does he have a new car?
She has a new car.She doesn’t have a new car.Does she have a new car?
It has new tyres.It doesn’t have new tyres.Does it have new tyres?
They have a new car.They don’t have new car.Do they have a new car?

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