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Do you often visit your grandparents? – I visit them every week.

Does Derek watch television every day? – No, he doesn’t. His parents don’t allow him to waste time on it.

PRESENT INDEFINITE IS USED in the following cases:

  1.  for permanent states, repeated actions and daily routines, e.g.

Mr. Freeman works in a bank. (permanent state)

He takes the train to work every morning. (daily routine/repeated actions)

We don’t usually watch television in the morning. (repeated action)

Do you always get up at one and the same time? (daily routine)

  1.  for general truths and laws of nature, e.g.

The sun sets in the west.  

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

  1.  for timetables (planes, trains, etc.) and programmes, e.g.  

The plane from Brussels arrives 8:30.

When does this shop open?

  1.  for sports commentaries, reviews and narration, opera and theatre librettos, stage directions, e.g.  

Peterson overtakes Williams and wins the race. (sports commentary)

Mike Dalton plays the part of Macbeth. (review)

Then the prince gets on his horse and quickly rides away. (narration)

  1.  to give instructions or directions (instead of the imperative mood), e.g.  

You sprinkle some cheese on the pizza and then you bake it, (instead of:  “Sprinkle some cheese on the pizza...”)

  1.  in adverbial clauses of time and condition after the following conjunctions:

when  if unless before  till  until

while  after in case as long as  as soon as

The children won’t go to the park unless they do all their homework.

As soon as Bertha arrives at the station, she will sent us a telegram.


Don’t confuse adverbial clauses of time and condition and object clauses:

Adverbial clauses of time and condition

(only present tenses)

Object clauses

(any tense)

Ask Sonia to phone me (when?) when she comes home.  – (time)  

Ask Sonia to phone me (on what condition?) if she comes before 9 p.m. (condition)

Do you know (what?) when Sonia will come home?  

I wonder (what?) if Sonia will come before 9 p.m.  

  1.  with stative verbs instead of Present Continuous, e.g.  

I hate when it drizzles like this.

The cake smells delicious.

  1.  The Present Simple is used with the following time expressions (adverbial modifiers of time:











from time to time

now and then   


in the morning/afternoon/ evening

at night, at the weekend,

on Mondays, etc.

Does he ever visit you nowadays?

Pat occasionally writes postcards to her distant relatives.

  1.  To make sentences in Present Indefinite more emphatic auxiliary verbs “do” or “does” are added in affirmative sentences, e.g.  

I do want to meet your parents. – Я дійсно хочу зустрітися з твоїми батьками.

Fiona does insist on your going to Kiev. – Фіона все-таки наполягає на твоїй поїздці до Києва.

  1.  Note should be taken about questions to the subject which are asked without an auxiliary verb and with the direct order of words, e.g.  

Who usually cooks in your family? – Our mum does.

Paula and Jack sometimes visit us at the weekends. –  Sorry, I didn’t catch you. Who visits you at the weekends? – Paula and Jack do.

         A short answer to the questions of this type are formed with the auxiliary verb “do” or “does”.


Semantically the verb can be classified from different points of view. All the verbs can fall into several groups:


to run, to walk, to dress                also called state or statal

to be, to see, to know

Most STATIVE VERBS DESCRIBE a state rather than an action and therefore do not normally have continuous tenses, e.g.  

Do you know our new neighbours’ name?  

Listen!  Do you hear anything strange?


1. verbs which express likes and dislikes, wishes and emotions

to like to love to dislike to enjoy to detest  to prefer

to adore to hate to want  to wish to envy  to hope

to fear  to care

Don’t lie to me! I hate when people lie.

What do you feel when you look at your neighbour’s new house? – I envy them

  1.  verbs of the senses (verbs of sense perception)

to see  to hear   to smell     to taste to sense to sound    to  feel

Jim must be at home.

I can see his car parked outside.

  1.  verbs of mental perception

to know    to believe  to understand          to realize  to remember

to forget    to notice  to recognize          to think  to seem

to see (= understand)  to expect (= think)         to imagine  to suppose

I expect they will be late.

Jack now realizes that a job like that was very difficult for him.

Do you believe now that I was right?

  1.  verbs of possession

to have           to belong           to own           to possess

Do you know who this pictures belong to?

My uncle owns a hotel.

  1.  some other verbs such as 

to be  to contain to include  to fit  to need  to matter

to cost  to mean to owe to require  to weigh to keep

Martin owes me 15 dollars.

This dress fits you perfectly.

The bag costs a lot.


  •  Some verbs can be either dynamic or stative according to the context, in which they are used, e.g.  

I can’t see anything, it’s too dark here. (a stative verb)

I’m seeing Mary in the morning. (= I’m meeting her. – a dynamic verb)

  •  The verb “to be” used in indefinite aspect denotes a person’s character, occupation, age, etc, or a permanent state, while used in the continuous aspect means a person’s behaviour, a temporary situation, and is usually used with adjectives such as careful, silly, (im)polite, lazy, etc.), e.g.  

What are you doing at the moment? – I’m being lazy, just for a change.

Stop talking back to me. You are being impolite.

  •  The verb “to enjoy” can be used in the continuous aspect to express specific preference, e.g.

I'm enjoying this party a lot. (specific preference)

I enjoy going to parties. (I enjoy parties in general.)

  •  The verbs “to look” (when we refer to a person's appearance), “to feel” (= experience a particular emotion), “to hurt” and “to ache” can be used in either the continuous or simple tenses with no difference in meaning, e.g.

You look/are looking great today.

How are you feeling today? = How do you feel today?

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