Glossary: present tense
The present tense is a grammatical marking on verbs which often, but not always, expresses present time. (See also inflection.) E.g. the verb in She sounds tired is a present tense form (compare the past tense form in She sounded tired).
Verbs in the present tense are commonly used to:
- talk about the present
- talk about the future.
They may take a suffix –s (depending on the subject).
See also tense.
- Jamal goes to the pool every day. [describes a habit that exists now]
- He can swim. [describes a state that is true now]
- The bus arrives at three. [scheduled now]
- My friends are coming to play. [describes a plan in progress now]