Lesson 6b: Present Tense Verbs

The following lesson and worksheets will teach you how to use the simple present tense and the present progressive tense correctly in all your writing.

The verb changes to express something that happens in the simple present or the present progressive time.

The Simple Present Verb Tense is a timeless truth, something that is happening all the time, actions that we do all the time, The present tense verbs tells about activities that we do again and again. We use the Present Progressive Verb Tense to talk about actions that are in progress right now at the moment of speaking. They are activities that are continuing. The verb, "To Be" plus the "ing" of the verb make the present progressive verb tense. See the verb "To Be" chart below.
buy buying
break breaking
choose choosing
cost costing
drink drinking
eat eating
fly flying
pay paying
ring ringing
see seeing
send sending
write writing


Present Tense Verb "To Be"
Singular Noun and Verb Plural Noun and Verb
I am We are
You are You are
She is, He is, It is They are

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Present Tense Verbs Worksheets


Present Tense Time Words
We may use time words to tell about our present tense actions. We use time words to explain what we are doing right now. Time words also tell how often an action is happening.
always 100% ~ all of the time
usually 95% ~ most of the time
often 80% ~ frequently
sometimes 40% ~ occasionally
seldom 5% ~ almost never, rarely
never 0% ~ none of the time, never

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Writing Tip

The verb is the word we use to indicate the time of an event. Events may happen in the present tense, i.e. right now or the past tense, ie; yesterday, four hours ago, or future tense, i.e. tomorrow, in ten minutes.