The simple present tense is also known as the present simple. It is used to show:
- I brush my teeth twice a day.
- We go to the movies on Saturdays.
(b) Universal truths or facts
- Water contains oxygen.
- Our planet revolves around the sun.
Words in red are verbs (action words). If the noun is singular, you need to add the letter “-s” or “-es”. However, “you” and “I” are followed by a singular verb, so do not add the letter “-s”.
Spelling Rules for Verbs (Simple Present) and Plural Nouns
Most verbs in the simple present tense, and plural nouns end in “-s“, but some end in “-es“. How would you determine which one to use? Here are some of the rules:
|-s||misses, kisses, buses|
|-ay, -uy, oy||pays, buys, toys|
There are other examples as you learn more words. The rules are the same though.