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Unit 3 - Lesson 11 - The Present Simple Positive - "I do."
We use the Present Simple tense to talk about regular or permanent
In the third person (he, she, it) form, the verb takes an s. For example:-
|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.|
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
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