Simple Tense

The Simple Tense Explained with Examples

The Simple tense simply indicates that actions or states of being happen in four ways, which include the following:

  • Now (in the present time)
  • Yesterday (sometime in the past)
  • Tomorrow (sometime in the future)
  • Habitually (over and over again across time)

The simple tense has three aspects; they include:

The Simple Present

The simple presentOpens in new window expresses something that is habitual or an everyday activity, that is happening right now; it describes a present situation. Words like always, usually, never, every day, and twice a week are usually used to indicate this verb tense.

Examples include:
  • A mile is 5,280 feet.
  • My dad shaves twice in a week.
  • I usually study for two hours every night.

2.   The Simple Past

The simple pastOpens in new window shows action that happened and finished at a point in the past. We often use words like before, yesterday, in the past, years ago, and many other words to indicate the simple past tense. With most verbs, this verb tense is indicated by adding –ed at the end of the verb.

Examples include:
  • He bought a new shirt last week.
  • I talked to Gretchen about her exercise schemes before she left for work this morning.
  • Andy participated in today’s debate.

3.   The Simple Future

The simple futureOpens in new window tense shows that an action will happen at some point in the future. Words like tomorrow, next week or month, in the coming years, etc. are used to indicate this tense. To construct the simple future tense, the auxiliary verb willOpens in new window, is usually added in front of the main verb.

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Examples include:
  • I will go the barber shop tomorrow.
  • Prime School will start admission scheme for the new session on Monday next week.
  • When I’m older, I’ll play with my grandchildren daily.

The chart below summarizes how a verb is conjugated in simple tense.

Presentbase form of verbI eat
He/She eats
PastPast participle of verbI ate
They ate
Futurewill + base form of verbI will eat
He/she will eat