1. General time:
o Permanent situation
e.g. Alice works for an insurance company.
o Things that happen regularly.
e.g. I play volleyball every Friday.
Past Now Future
Past * * * * Now * * * Future
Simple Present 3
2. Not used for things happening just around
It usually snows in January.
Look. It is snowing. (Not… look. It snows.)
I play volleyball every Friday.
Where is Salman? He is playing volleyball.
(Not… He plays volleyball. )
Simple Present 4
3. Non-progressive verbs:
I like this drink very much. (Not… I am liking).
I believe you. (Not… I am believing you.)
I see what you mean. (Not… I am seeing…)
List of common verbs which are not used in
progressive forms may be found in this link:
Simple Present 5
4. Talking about the future:
His train arrives at 11:46.
I start my new job tomorrow.
He will sue anybody who touches his
possessions. (Not… will touch…)
I’ll phone you when I get home. (Not… will get)
Why don’t you take a day off tomorrow?
Simple Present 6