When Should I Use The Present Simple Tense?

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Present Simple Infographic Present Uses
1: We use the present simple when something is generally or always true. 2: Similarly, we need to use this tense for a situation that we think is more or less permanent. (See the present continuous for temporary situations.) 3: The next use is for habits or things that we do regularly. We often use adverbs of frequency (such as 'often', 'always' and 'sometimes') in this case, as well as expressions like 'every Sunday' or 'twice a month'. (See the present continuous for new, temporary or annoying habits). 4: We can also use the present simple for short actions that are happening now. The actions are so short that they are finished almost as soon as you've said the sentence. This is often used with sports commentary, or in demonstrations. Future Uses
5: We use the present simple to talk about the future when we are discussing a timetable or a fixed plan. Usually, the timetable is fixed by an organisation, not by us. 6: We also use the present simple to talk about the future after words like ' 'when', 'until', 'after', 'before' and 'as soon as'. These are sometimes called subordinate clauses of time. Conditional Uses
7: We use the present simple in the first and the zero conditionals. (See the conditionals section for more information.)

Read more about the difference between the present simple and the present continuous here.
Try an exercise about using the present simple here.

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