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The present tense - Easy Learning Grammar French

What is the present tense?
The present tense is used to talk about what is true at the moment, what happens regularly and what is happening now, for example, I’m a student, I travel to college by train, I’m studying languages.
  • You use a verb in the present tense to talk about:
  • things that are happening now
  • It’s raining.
  • The phone’s ringing.
  • things that happen all the time or at certain intervals, or things that you do as a habit
  • It always snows in January.
  • I play football on Saturdays.
  • things that are true at the present time:
  • She’s not very well.
  • It’s a beautiful house.
  • There is more than one way to express the present tense in English. For example, you can say either I give, I am giving, or occasionally I do give. In French you use the same form (je donne) for all of these.
  • In English you can also use the present tense to talk about something that is going to happen in the near future. You can do the same in French.
Je vais en France le mois prochain.I’m going to France next month.
Nous prenons le train de dix heures.We’re getting the ten o’clock train.
TipAlthough English sometimes uses parts of the verb to be to form the present tense of other verbs (for example, I am listening, she’s talking), French NEVER uses the verb être in this way.

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