English Daily Workout: How to Form the Simple Present: Exercise

How to Form the Simple Present: Exercise

1. Formation of the Simple Present

The Simple Present of any verb other than the verb to be is formed from the bare infinitive of the verb. As shown in the following examples, the bare infinitive of a verb consists of the infinitive without the word to. The bare infinitive is the form in which English verbs are usually listed in dictionaries. For example:



InfinitiveBare Infinitive
  to be  be
  to walk  walk
  to work  work



In the Simple Present of verbs other than the verb to be, the form of the verb used with the subjects I , youwe and they is the same as the bare infinitive. The form of the verb used with the subjects hesheand it has the ending s added to the bare infinitive.

For example, the Simple Present of the verb to work is conjugated as follows:

I work
you work 
he works
she work
it work
we work 
they work

The form of the verb used with the subjects heshe and it is generally referred to as the third person singular.

Using the Simple Present tense, fill in the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs shown in brackets. For example:
      I ______ to the radio. (to listen)
      I listen to the radio.

      He _______ to the radio. (to listen)
      He listens to the radio.
Answers: 1. plays 2. play 3. like 4. likes 5. call 6. calls 7. practises 8. practise 9. shop 10. tastes