Rules of Using Simple Present Tense

Present Tense is used to determine the action of a verb in the present time. Based on how the words are placed, it can also be used to describe the past and future events.


Simple Present Tense takes the structure:

a. Ram + goes + to the market.
b. They + sleep + early at night.
c. The Earth + revolves + around the sun.
d. I + eat + cakes.

Here, (v1) or (v1 + s/es) represents the two different forms of the verb. Read Now:

Moving on, We will be discussing certain rules, and the uses of Simple Present Tense with Examples. Let’s Begin.

Rule 1 – Habitual Action

Simple Present Tense is used to express a Habit. Any action that you do either regularly or in a repeated manner.


For Example:

  1. I live in New Delhi.

  2. I get up at 8:00 AM every morning.

Rule 2 – Universal Truth

Simple Present Tense is used to express universal truth, principle and permanent activities like:


  1. Sun rises from the East and sets in the West.
  2. The River Ganga originates from the Himalayas.

Rule 3 – Possession

Simple Present Tense is used to express possession as following:


  1. I have a car.
  2. He owns a big building.

Rule 4 – Being Emotional

Simple Present Tense is used to express mental activity, emotions and feelings.


For Example:

  1. She trusts him.
  2. I consider that he is a good singer.

Rule 5 – Future Plan

Simple Present Tense is used to express fixed plan of future time as following:


  1. My brother returns tomorrow.
  2. I have my exams after 3 months.

Rule 6 – Conditional Sentences

In a conditional sentence, Simple Present Tense is used with the Subordinate Clause and Simple Future Tense is used with Principal Clause.


  1. If you wake up late, you might miss your bus.
  2. If I don’t work hard, I may fail the test.

Rule 7 – Exclamation

Simple Present Tense is used to in the exclamatory sentence starting with “Here” or “There“, as following:


  1. Here comes the bus!
  2. There goes the man!

Rule 8 – Live Programs

Simple Present Tense is used in radio or television programs for live broadcast or telecast, as following:


  1. In this movie, my elder brother plays the role of Ram.
  2. Dhoni runs after the ball, catches it and throws it on the stumps.

Rule 9 – The Writer States

Simple Present Tense is used to express an author’s statement.

For Example:

  1. Shakespeare says, “The course of my love never runs smooth”.
  2. The Bhagwad Gita says, “What goes around, comes around”.

Rule 10 – Living History

Simple Present Tense is used to show the past events of History in live form.


For Example:

  1. Finally, Ram kills Ravan.
  2. Babur crosses the plains, Ibrahim opposes him with a large army.
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