Mastering the Simple Present Tense: A Step-by-Step Guide with Exercises


Welcome to our English learning platform, dedicated to enhancing your language skills. In this article, we’ll delve into the simple present tense, an essential cornerstone of English grammar. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive guide and interactive exercises to solidify your understanding.

Understanding the Simple Present Tense

The simple present tense is used to describe actions, habits, and situations that are happening now or are generally true. It’s a fundamental tense that helps you express everyday activities and facts. Let’s break it down step by step.

Forming the Simple Present Tense

To form the simple present tense, use the base form of the verb (infinitive) for most subjects. However, for third-person singular subjects (he, she, it), add -s or -es to the verb.


  • I read novels.
  • She watches movies.
  • They play basketball.

Using the Simple Present Tense

  1. Habits and Routines: Use the simple present to describe actions you do regularly.
  • She drinks coffee every morning.
  1. Facts and General Truths: State facts that are true in general.
  • The Earth revolves around the Sun.
  1. Scheduled Events: Use the simple present to express future events in a fixed schedule.
  • The train arrives at 5 PM.
  1. Opinions and Beliefs: Express opinions and beliefs with the simple present tense.
  • I believe in hard work.

Exercises to Reinforce Your Learning

Exercise 1: Fill in the Blanks

Complete the following sentences with the appropriate form of the verb in the simple present tense.

  1. She usually __ (go) to the gym after work.
  2. They __ (eat) lunch at noon every day.
  3. My cat __ (sleep) on the windowsill in the afternoon.
  4. The sun __ (rise) in the east.
  5. He __ (not like) spicy food.

Exercise 2: Choose the Correct Verb

Select the correct form of the verb for each sentence.

  1. My brother __ (plays / play) the guitar.
  2. The birds __ (sings / sing) in the morning.
  3. She __ (watches / watch) television every evening.
  4. The train __ (leaves / leave) at 8 AM.
  5. They __ (doesn’t / don’t) usually eat fast food.


Congratulations! You’ve taken a significant step toward mastering the simple present tense. By understanding its usage, forming the tense correctly, and practicing with interactive exercises, you’re well on your way to confident English communication. Keep practicing and integrating the simple present tense into your conversations—it’s an invaluable tool for expressing everyday actions and facts accurately. Happy learning!

Remember, our website offers a range of interactive PDF exercises to further enhance your grasp of the simple present tense and other essential grammar concepts. Keep exploring and advancing your English skills with us!

Present Tense Quiz

Welcome to your Present Tense QUIZ

She (eat) breakfast every morning.

They (play) soccer on Saturdays.

I (like) to read books in my free time.

We (go) to the park on Sundays.

He (watch) TV after school.

PDF Exercises


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