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Sunday, 15 July 2012

SIMPLE PRESENT NEGATIVE & INTERROGATIVE FORMS



SIMPLE PRESENT - NEGATIVE & INTERROGATIVE

 

Introduction


In the simple present tense, negative forms and question forms are made using the auxiliary verb DO. This page explains the rules.

 

1. Forming a negative

Negatives in the simple present are formed by adding don't or doesn't before the simple form of the verb: 


Subject Auxiliary Example
I don't I don't sing
You don't You don't sing
He doesn't He doesn't sing
She doesn't She doesn't sing
It doesn't It doesn't sing
We don't We don't sing
They don't They don't sing


In other words, only third person singular subjects (he, she and it) have doesn't — the rest have don't.

 

2. Forming a yes/no question

Yes/no questions are also created using the auxiliary DO. This time, the auxiliary is placed before the subject. Here are the rules:

Auxiliary Subject Example
Do I Do I sing?
Do you Do you sing?
Does he Does he sing?
Does she Does she sing?
Does it Does it sing?
Do we Do we sing?
Do they Do they sing?

 

3. Forming a WH- question

WH- questions (using words such as WHAT, WHEN, or WHERE) are also created by putting the auxiliary DO before the subject. So, you add the WH- word at the beginning; then the auxiliary and the subject. Here are some examples:

Statement Yes/no question WH- question
I sing Do I sing? What do I sing?
You fight. Do you fight? Why do you fight?
He lives Does he live? Where does he live?

Watch the following Power Point Presentation about Simple Present Tense to understand this tense better

The present-simple-tense
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And now... As one of my teachers used to tell me 'PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT'... Let's practise!!


Click on the exercises below to practise simple present tense

EXERCISE 1

EXERCISE 2

EXERCISE 3

EXERCISE 4

EXERCISE 5

EXERCISE 6




AND FINALLY, TRY THIS GAME!!

 




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