Present Simple

The present simple form is used for verbs that express an action happening right now. It's also known as the –s form because the present simple form is made up of the base form plus –s.

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P.S. If a verb ends in o, x, ss, sh, ch, or zz, add –es to the end to make the present simple form. When a verb that is more than one syllable ends in a consonant + y, you can make the present simple form by changing the y to an i and adding –es.

 

Examples

" Diane prefers crunchy peanut butter; Hannah likes creamy."

In this nutty example, prefers and likes are both verbs in the present simple form. However, only Diane has the correct opinion.

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" Aaron only washes his hair once a month."

Here, you can see that some verbs are put in the present simple form by adding –es.

" Connor worries that his closet is filled with monsters."

We repeat: when a verb that is more than one syllable ends in a consonant + y, you can make the present simple form by changing the y to an i and adding –es.