Simple Present Tense
Last week we discussed how the simple future tense is used to express actions or situations that have not happened yet. The present tense is used to describe (1) habitual or repeated actions and (2) general statements that are always true. Sometimes students make the mistake that the present simple tense is used to describe actions occurring right now, but this is not true! The words always and usually are often used with the simple present tense.
- We always celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday in January every year.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires many people all over the world.
- They give speeches every week in their US Issues class.
- I am . . .
- You are . . .
- He(, she, or it) is . . .
- We are . . .
- You (plural) are . . .
- They are . . .
- "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"I have a dream today!"