The Present Simple Tense – Carter’s breakfast routine

We use the Simple Present tense more than any other tense in English.
One way we use it is to describe routine actions and things we do regularly.  Let Carter (the dog with human hands) show you how it works. Listen to him describe his breakfast routine and you’ll hear lots of examples.
Notice we form negatives with do and not. (I don’t drink coffee. I don’t need a napkin.)

Click here to learn English adverbs of frequency with Carter
Click here to see Carter ordering food in a restaurant
Click here to see more grammar videos.

Carter’s breakfast routine video script

It’s breakfast time!
I don’t drink coffee. I drink tea.
I read the newspaper.
Then I plan my day.
I check the weather.
It’s going to be sunny today. Yay! That’s terrific!
Next I have some milk and cereal.
More please. It’s great.
Then I call Trixie.
Hey Trixie. What are we doing today?
You’re busy? With Rover? Hmph!
I eat my toast with honey. Lots of honey. Lots and lots of honey.
Napkin? I don’t need a napkin.
I finish with a banana.
It’s delicious.
How do you start your day?

Click here to see this video with a clickable transcript
Click here to learn English adverbs of frequency with Carter
Click here to see Carter ordering food in a restaurant
Click here to see more grammar videos.

4 thoughts on “The Present Simple Tense – Carter’s breakfast routine

  • September 12, 2016 at 8:06 am
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    Thanks for these informative, useful videos! Sometimes my classes seem to overhear my explanations- bringing a new ‘teacher’ into the classroom is sometimes more effective. And such delightful teachers! Well done!

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    • September 13, 2016 at 9:04 am
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      Thanks so much Miriam. It’s great to hear they are useful.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    A million thanks for all the wonderful videos that you share with everyone.

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    • September 28, 2018 at 1:48 am
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      So glad you like them Amel! Thanks for writing.

      Reply

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