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.)
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.
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
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