When Should I Use The Present Simple Tense?

The present simple is an English tense that is distinctly familiar to all of us. However, not everyone understands its usage precisely. Hope that my sharing below will be valuable to you.

- In general, the simple present expresses events or situations that exist always, usually,  habitually; they exist now,  have existed in the past,  and probably will exist in the future.


Annie reads books every day.
It snows in Alaska.

- The simple present says that something was true in the past,  is true in the present,  and will be true in the future.  It expresses general statements of fact and general truths.


Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.
The world is round.

- The simple present is used to express habitual or everyday activities.


I often drink orange juice for breakfast.
She goes to school at 7 every morning. 

- * The simple present can also be used to express future time in a sentence concerning events that are on a definite schedule or timetable.

These sentences usually contain future time words. Only a few verbs are used in this way: e.g.,  open,  close,  begin,  end, start,  finish, arrive,  leave,  come,  return.


The store opens at 7:00 tomorrow morning.
The plane arrives at 5:00 this afternoon.

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