Form of the Simple Present

How do we form the Simple Present?

We use the infinitive of the verb. In the 3rd person singular (he, she, it - or a name) we put an -s to the end of the infinitive.

infinitive → 3rd person singular (he, she, it) infinitive + -s

1. Affirmative sentences in the Simple Present

  • I play with a ball.
  • You play with a ball.
  • He plays with a ball.
  • She plays with a ball.
  • It plays with a ball.
  • We play with a ball.
  • You play with a ball.
  • They play with a ball.

he, she, it → Do not forget the -s.

2. Negative sentences in the Simple Present

We use the auxiliary do/does.

  • I do not play with a ball.
  • You do not play with a ball.
  • He does not play with a ball.
  • She does notplay with a ball.
  • It does not play with a ball.
  • We do not play with a ball.
  • You do not play with a ball.
  • They do not play with a ball.

Short/contracted forms in the Simple Present