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Present Indefinite Tense

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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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Tense is a common word which means stressed but did you know that tense also has grammatical significance in English language. Tense is one of the main component of English language and the grammar is standing on the pillar of tenses.

Today I will discuss about one type of tenses that is present tense. Let’s start with tense in general.


Tense is described as the quality of a verb which occurs in a sentence and which describes the time frame of the action taking place. In simpler terms, the occurrence of action of a sentence is depicted by the tense of that sentence.


He likes bananas.

In the above example, the verb likes indicates that the action is taking place right now and is not an event of the past or future, thus we know that the tense of this sentence is present.

The basic categorization of tense is that it can exist in three forms which are past, present and future. This means that a verb also comes in three forms i.e. past, present and future.

Present Tense

A verb is said to be in present tense when the action it is describing is taking place right now or in the present.


She sings well.

This example makes use of first form of verb i.e. sings and thus it indicates that the action is of present.

But is doesn’t end there. The present tense is further divided into different forms and types which include present indefinite tense, present continuous tense, present perfect tense and present perfect continuous tense.

Today I will talk about present indefinite tense.

Present Indefinite Tense

Present indefinite is used to describe action that is either happening right now or that happens regularly or routinely. The first form of verb is used with either an –s or an –es depending on the situation.


Sara writes excellent articles.

The above example uses present indefinite tense to depict an action that is ongoing and makes use of an s with the first form of verb indicating singular noun.

They love to read books.

This other example also indicates the usage of present indefinite tense as the action is of present no –s or –es is used with first form of verb as the noun is plural.




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