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 football.
  • You play football.
  • He plays football.
  • She plays football.
  • It plays football.
  • We play football.
  • You play football.
  • They play football.

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 football.
  • You do not play football.
  • He does not play football.
  • She does notplay football.
  • It does not play football.
  • We do not play football.
  • You do not play football.
  • They do not play football.

Short/contracted forms in the Simple Present