Structure of the simple past.
subject + verb (in past form) + complement.
example: I saw a movie yesterday
subject + auxiliary verb (did) + negacion + verb (infinitive) + complement.
example: He didn’t hear the telephone.
auxiliary verb (did) + subject + verb (infinitive) + complement?.
example: Did you have dinner last night?
Whit the verb to be.
for subjects I, He, Shse, It use was and for the others use were.
subject + verb (was/were) + complement.
example: He was last night.
subject + verb (was/were) + negacion + complement.
example: I wasn’t angry
verb (was/were) + subject + complement?.
example: Was Mark at school yesterday?
SIMPLE PRESENT STRUCTURE
Subject + Verb + Complement
- I like pizza
- She lives in Toronto
- We have a dog
- They go to school
Here are all the pronouns with the verbs in simple present:
I like pizza.
You like pizza.
He likes pizza.
She likes pizza.
It likes pizza.
We like pizza.
They like pizza.
The spelling for the verb in the third person differs depending on the ending of that verb:
- For verbs that end in -O, -CH, -SH, -SS, -X, or -Z we add (ES) in the third person.
go – goes
catch – catches
wash – washes
kiss – kisses
fix – fixes
buzz – buzzes
- For verbs that end in a consonant + Y, we remove the Y and add (IES).
marry – marries
study – studies
carry – carries
worry – worries
NOTE: For verbs that end in a vowel + Y, we just add (S).
play – plays
enjoy – enjoys
say – says
This table shows the difference between the third person pronouns. Notice the “s” on the end of the Word.
|I live in Vancouver.
||He lives in Vancouver.
|You play soccer.
||She plays soccer.
|Tom and Dan (they) like
|Tom (he) likes basketball.
|The books (they) look old.
||The book (it) looks old.
Negatives in simple present use do not or does not. They also
use be + not.
Do Not/Does Not
Subject + Do/Does + not + verb +complement
- I do not like pizza.
- She does not play baseball.
Be + Not
Negative sentences can also use the verb to be and not. They
look like these examples:
- I am not a doctor.
- She is not hungry.
- They are not from Africa.
Questions with verbs in the simple present use the auxiliary
Do/Does + Subject + Base Verb
- Do you like pizza?
- Does she play baseball?
The answers to do/does questions are always “yes” or “no”.
This is why they are Yes/No Questions.
Question: Do you like chocolate?
Answer: Yes I do.
No I do not.
Question: Does she have a brother?
Answer: Yes she does.
No she does not.
Negative sentences in simple present use do or does.
Subject + Do/Does + Not + Verb + complement.
- I do not like hockey
- She does not live in Brazil.
- Do not = Don’t
- Does not = Doesn’t
- They don’t have a dog.
- He doesn’t want a drink.
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Introduction to the topic:
The present perfect is used to talk about an action that happened at a time before now, but it is not specified when it happened because it doesn’t have relevance. Sometimes, we want to limit the time we are refering to by using expressions such as in the last week, in the last year, this week, this month, so far, up to now, etc. We can also use the Present Perfect to show that something started in the past and has continued up until now (“For two hours,” “for three days,” or “since Saturday”), with the use of non-continuous Verbs and non-continuous uses of mixed verbs.
Simple future has two different forms in English: will and going to. Although both forms can sometimes be used interchangeably, they often express two very different meanings. Both forms refer to specific time in future.
Affirmative sentences structure: Subject+ [will + verb] + complement
- I will help my mother later
- She will send some letters
- You will paint a beautiful picture for the art class
Sometimes, the form will can be used as a contraction à ’ll. With the last examples:
- I’ll help my mother later
- You’ll paint a beautiful picture for the art class
- She will send some letters**
**The contraction (’ll) is often used for the pronouns: I, you and we.
Negative sentences structure: Subject+ [will not + verb] + complement**
** “Will not” can be replaced with the contraction won’t
- I will not help my mother
- She won’t send some letter
- You will not paint a beautiful picture
Yes/No questions structure: Will + subject + verb + complement + ?
- Will you help your mother?
- Will she send some letters?
In Yes/No question, we should give either an affirmative or negative answer to that question.
- Will she send some letters?
Affirmative: Yes, she will. (The verb is omitted)
Negative: No, she will not/won’t. (The verb is omitted)
Wh-questions structure: Wh-word (what, which, when…) + Will + subject + verb + complement + ?
- What will she send? A: She will send letters
Form be going to
Affirmative sentences structure: Subject + [be going to + verb] + complement
- I am** going to send a letter tomorrow
- He is** going to join a gym the next month
- We are** going to perform a song tonight
** REMEMBER: We should conjugate the verb be according to the subject.
Negative sentences structure: Subject + [be not going to + verb] + complement
- I am not going to send a letter tomorrow
- We aren’t going to perform a song tonight.
Yes/No questions structure: Be + subject + going to verb + complement + ?
- Are you going to send a letter tomorrow?
Affirmative: Yes, I am
Negative: No, I am not
Wh-questions structure: Wh-word (what, which, when…) + Be + subject + going to verb + complement + ?
- What are you going to send tomorrow? A: I’m going to send a letter tomorrow
“Will” often suggests that a speaker will do something voluntarily. A voluntary action is one the speaker offers to do for someone else.
- I will paint your wall if you need it.
- She will translate the Japanese text, so Mr. Baratheon can read it.
- I won’t help Mary because she was very mean with me.
- A: I’m really hungry
B: I’ll make some sandwiches
USE 2 “Will” to Express a Promise
- I will give you a beautiful gift for Christmas
- If I win the elections the next year, I will solve poverty in Costa Rica
- You won’t tell anyone my secret, right?
USE 3 “Be going to” to express a Plan/Arrangement
“Be going to” expresses that something is a plan. It expresses the idea that a person intends to do something in the future. It does not matter whether the plan is realistic or not.
- He is going to meet the president next Wednesday.
- I am going to spend my vacation in Russia.
- Are you going to invite Cersei to the party tonight?
- I’m not going to be an actor when I grow up.
Both “will” and “be going to” can express the idea of a general prediction about the future. Predictions are guesses about what might happen in the future.
- In the year 5894, a post-human race will invade the planet
- In the year 5894, a post-human race is going to invade the planet
If we add an “if”, it is mandatory to use will.
- I don’t know if Oscar Arias will win the elections in 2018
- Be careful! You are going to fall
- Look at those hungry lions. I think they are going to bite our bodies