Simple Present Third Person

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We know learning new vocabulary is always fun, especially when you can use the words to discuss how often, or how well you can complete an activity! This is why we have created the following exercises to help you improve your English!

When is the simple present tense used:
• To express habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes:
I bite my nails (habit); I work in Milan (unchanging situation); Toronto is a large city (general truth)
• To give instructions or directions:
You drive for two hundred meters, then you turn left.
• To express fixed arrangements, present or future:
Your meeting starts at 09.00
• To express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as, until:
He’ll give the gift to you when you come next Saturday.

When to use “s”, “es”, and “ies”
• In the third person singular the verb always ends in -s:
he wants, she needs, he gives, she thinks.
• If a verb ends in a vowel followed by “y”: The “y” remains, and only “-s” is added.
he plays, she enjoys, he says.
• If a verb ends in a consonant followed by “y”: The “y” is changed to “i,” and “-es” is added.
he cries, she studies, he carries.
• Negative and question forms use DOES (= the third person of the auxiliary ‘DO’) + the infinitive of the verb.
He wants a new computer. Does he want an laptop? He does not want a desktop computer.

Now it is your turn to practice!

Practice Questions:
Fill in the blank with the correct answer:

Simple Present Third Person

This quiz is all about the simple present in the third person. Test your knowledge and see how well you do!

Does and Do

Test your knowledge on ‘DOES’ – the third person of the auxiliary ‘DO’

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