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The basis of the English language is in understanding its verbs and how we can form sentences.

 

We can form to be with the full form I am or the contraction I´m

SUBJECT TO BE CONTRACTION
I AM I´M
YOU ARE YOU´RE
HE/SHE/IT IS HE´S
WE ARE YOU´RE
YOU (ALL) ARE YOU´RE
THEY ARE YOU´RE

 

 

Present simple: Subject + verb

  1. We use the present simple to talk about habitual actions

I always brush my teeth at 7am

  1. We use the present simple to talk about routines

I start work at 8am every day

  1. We use the present simple to talk about permanent situations

I work in a language school in Spain

  1. We use the present simple to talk about truths

Water boils at 100ºC

 

Adverbs of frequency:

Adverbs of frequency are used to talk about the frequency with which we do certain actions. They are essential for talking about daily routines and the present day.

*Be careful with word order. Between the subject and verb

BE:

I am always tired when I finish work.

He isn´t usually late for school.

VERBS:

You never get up at 5:00 am.

We almost never make dinner for our parents.

See our post on adverbs of frequency HERE

 

 

Present continuous: Subject + be + gerund

  1. We use the present continuous to talk about actions in progress now

I am writing a new article for the Guardian right now

  1. We use the present continuous to talk about temporary situations

I am currently doing a German course at upverb

  1. We use the present continuous to talk about annoying situations

You are always arriving late to work

  1. We use the situations to talk about amusing situations

You are always telling the funniest stories

 

 

We do not usually use the present continuous for stative verbs:

AGREE APPEAR BELIEVE BELONG CONCERN
CONSIST CONTAIN DEPEND DESERVE DISAGREE
DISLIKE DOUBT FEEL FIT HATE
HEAR IMAGINE IMPRESS INCLUDE INVOLVE
KNOW LIKE MATTER MEAN MIND
NEED PREFER SEEM UNDERSTAND WANT

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