What do you do



The Present Simple - "I do."

textThe verb to dotext

We use the Present Simple tense to talk about regular or permanent actions.

Present Simple

In the third person (he, she, it) form, the verb takes an s. For example:-

I/we/you/they do have work read like eat drink
He/she/it does has works reads likes eats drinks

Things Mr Bean does every Monday morning.

wake up Every Monday Mr Bean wakes up at 6.00 am.
get up He gets up at 6.15 am,
bathroom and goes to the bathroom.
shower He usually has a shower,
shave/brush then he has a shave and brushes his teeth.
Eat breakfast 7:00 He eats breakfast at about 7.00 am.
read the newspaper After breakfast he reads the newspaper.
work At 7.30 am he goes to work, but
what does he do?

What do you do?

If someone asks you "What do you do?", they are asking you what your job is.

The usual response is, "I am a ... ".

For example: "I am a teacher."

You can also respond with a response that explains what you "do". For example: "I teach English."

Look at the image at the top of the page and see if you can work out what they do.

Now you try:-

Spelling Tip:

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

Using a spell checker

Spell checker

Computers can help you with your spelling, by pointing out any mistakes.

Many word processing programs contain a spell-check program, and they are wonderful, and this can save you time and worry, but there are problems with computer spell-checkers. If you don't believe us, look here: Spelling Checker Joke

  1. They only work if you can spell quite well already.
  2. They cannot correct mistakes which are actual words e.g. there/their - to/two/too etc.
  3. They often cannot check words "borrowed" from other languages, special invented words or words from dialects e.g. bon appetite!
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You made your way to the bottom of the page! As a reward you get to practise your English a bit more.

Test the present simple - fill in the gaps using the verbs given -

Fill It

Sing It

Listen to this song, and read the lyrics. Maybe sing along. It is great for practising your English.

"I do, I do, I do, I do, I do"

Print Version - You can print this lesson out here


Week 11