Present Simple

Present simple - positive

In the third person (he, she, it) form, the verb takes an s.

For example:

I/we/you/they do have work read like eat drink
He/she/it does has works reads likes eats drinks


Things Mr Bean does every Monday morning.

Every Monday Mr Bean wakes up at 6.00 am.
He gets up at 6.15 am,
and goes to the bathroom.
He usually has a shower,
then he has a shave and brushes his teeth.
He eats breakfast at about 7.00 am.
After breakfast he reads the newspaper.
At 7.30 am he goes to work.

Spelling Tip:

Words ending in -s / -sh/ -ch:-

es after -s / -sh/ -ch: for example toss > tosses - crash > crashes - scratch > scratches

Words ending in -y:-

-y becomes -ies : For example worry > worries - cry > cries


do > does - go > goes

Using a spell checker

Computers can correct spelling mistakes.

Many word processing programs contain a spell-check program, they are wonderful! Some programs can correct the spelling of up to 80,000 words and this can save you time and worry, but there are problems with computer spell-checkers.

  1. They only work if you can spell quite well already.
  2. They cannot correct mistakes which are just wrong words e.g. there/their - to/two/too etc.
  3. They can't check all foreign words, special invented words or unusual speech dialects e.g. bon appetite!
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