How to use Simple Present Tense?

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How to use Simple Present Tense? :

The simple present can also be used in other ways.
It can be used to tell about past events in a dramatic way.

1. Now King Paurus leads his army and attacks Alexander.
2. The police arrive and fire into the air. The mob runs off.

We can use this tense when we are quoting from books, newspapers, notices, etc. We see the written statement as existing in the present.

1. Keats says, “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.”
2. It says in the paper that they have decided to go on strike.
3. The notice says, “No parking.”
4. The letter explains everything.

We can use this tense to say or ask what the right way to do something is.

1. You turn left at the church.
2. You click on this icon, look. That’s how to do it.
3. Which switch do I press to turn it off?
4. “How do I get to the station from here?”

This tense is used in commentaries on games to describe actions while they are happening.

Sanjay kicks the ball to the middle of the field. Vinod takes it with his left foot and runs forward with it and shorts, but the ball hits the post.

This tense is used in newspaper headlines to describe past events.

1. PRESIDENT RESIGNS. (The President resigned.)
2. FIRE DESTROYS CLUB. (A fire destroyed the club.)
3. RAIL FARES GO UP. (Rail fares went up.)
4. EARTHQUAKE KILLS 500. (The earthquake killed 500 people.)

Sometimes we do things by saying special words like promise, agree, swear, order, request, etc. The simple present is used in such cases.

1. I promise to buy you a laptop.
2. I agree to the idea.
3. I swear I saw tears in her eyes.
4. I request you to talk softly.
5. I suggest that you should read this book.

In a similar way, the simple present is used in formal statements and in business communication.

We enclose our cheque for Rs. 12,650 in settlement of your invoice no. 9213.

I write to inform you that your application for scholarship is being considered.

I’m writing to inform you…..would be less formal.

The simple present is used with certain verbs (like know, understand, remember, believe, like, love, want, belong, contain, etc) which are not normally used in the present continuous though the reference is to the present moment.

1. I know the answer.
2. Do you understand me?
3. I believe you are right.
4. He wants to talk to you.
5. This bag contains books.

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