The Simple Tense


Simple Present: expresses events or situations that exist always, usually or habitually; they exist now, they existed in the past, and they probably will exist in the future. (Examples: 1 and 2)

Simple Past: At a specific time in the past the action happened. The action began and ended in the past.
(Examples: 3 and 4)

Simple Future: At a specific time in the future the action will happen, but it has not started yet. (Examples: 5 and 6)


1. It rains in Seattle.

2. I exercise everyday.

3. It rained yesterday.

4. It rained non-stop last month.

5. It will snow tomorrow.

6. The forecast predicts snow next week.

Sample Sentence Structure Formula:

It rains in Seattle.
Subject + verb + Preposition + Direct object
It = Subject;  rains = verb;  in = preposition;  Seattle = Direct Object.

It rained yesterday.
Subject + verb + adverb
It = Subject;  rained = verb;  yesterday = adverb

It will snow tomorrow
Subject + Auxiliary Verb + Main Verb + adverb
It = Subject;  will = Auxiliary Verb;  snow = Main Verb;  tomorrow = Adverb




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