Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Simple Negatives and Questions

 

For statements in the negative form, what we have to do is add the auxiliary verb 'to do'. For subjects 'I', 'you', 'we' and 'they', we simply leave 'do' as 'do', use the word 'not', and keep the base form of the verb now for the negative statements. However, for 'he', 'she' and 'it', we have to conjugate our auxiliary verb into 'does'. We still use 'not' and we still keep the base form of the verb. The pattern performing questions is very very similar to the pattern performing negative statements. However, what we've done is invert our subject and our auxiliary verb so that the questions read the auxiliary verb first. Of course, again, we use 'do' for 'I', 'you', 'we' and 'they' and use 'does' for 'he', 'she' and 'it'. In both cases, we've left our verb form as the base form of the verb as there's no need to change it.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

In Unit 11 I learned the importance of teaching new receptive skills to English language learners. Aspects of receptive skills include: reading and listening. Aspects of productive skills include: speaking and writing. There are many reasons to learn these skills, all of which are equally important for overall knowledge of the English language.Learning about the tenses has been a great review. As a native English learner, the tense names and what they mean has been hard for me to remember. Because this is an area where I have struggled, I feel I will be able to connect with my students better. Using the charts and examples in this unit, I have a better understanding of this content.