Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses Overview - Present Simple


We've seen the present tenses in isolation. Now, let's look at them together. Our first example is 'I play football every week.' This is the present simple tense and it has the structure 'subject I' + verb 'play'. This is quite a simple tense for students to form. However, they have to be aware of the third person singular form 'he', 'she' or 'it', which usually adds an '-s' or an '-es' to the end of the base form of the verb. 'I play football,' but 'He plays football.' Also, the question of negative forms using the auxiliary verb 'do' or 'does' 'Do you play football?' 'I don't play football.' 'Does she play football?' 'She doesn't play football.' The present simple tense is used to talk about habits, routines, facts and general truths and as such it's probably the most commonly used tense within the English language.

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I found unit 18 to be interesting. Unit 18 covered modals, phrasal verbs and passive voice. One of the basic rules for for modals is that the modals are used before the other verbs and it's purpose is to add meaning to the main verb. They are used to express the different obligation, possibilit, permission and prohibitions, ability and advice.In this unit I learned about different approaches to teaching and how to organize lessons. I should start by engaging students. I should then teach students the topic for the day. Finally, I should have an activity at the end of the lesson to check for comprehension and to allow students to practice the concepts that they have learned that day.