Simple Present Tense
Study these sentences from the lesson.
”¢ A fight
breaks out between two monkeys.
”¢ Film songs
blare out from the radios.
”¢ I wash it
down with Coca-Cola.
The italicised verbs are in the simple present tense. The writer
is here describing what he saw and heard but he uses the present
tense instead of the past tense. A narration or a story can be
made more dramatic or immediate by using the present tense in
Now look at the following sentences.
”¢ A small shrine
half protrudes from the stone platform on the riverbank.
”¢ Small shops
stand on the outer edge of the Stupa.
We use the simple present tense to speak about what is usually or
generally true. The sentences above describe facts. We also
use the simple present tense in sentences depicting
”¢ The sun
rises in the east.
”¢ The earth
revolves round the sun.
We can also refer to habitual actions using the simple present
”¢ He usually
takes a train instead of a bus to work.
”¢ We often
get fine drizzles in winter.
In these sentences words like everyday, often,
seldom, never, every month,
generally, usually, etc. may be used.
1. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in
(i) The heart is a pump that
____________(send) the blood circulating through our body. The
pumping action ____________(take place) when the left ventricle
of the heart ____________(contract). This ____________(force) the
blood out into the arteries, which ____________(expand) to
receive the oncoming blood.
(ii) The African lungfish can
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