Listed below are uses with examples, and the structure of the present simple tense.
Permanent or long-lasting situations
Where do you work?
The store opens at 9 o'clock.
She lives in New York.
Regular habits and daily routines
I usuallyget up at 7 o'clock.
She doesn't often go to the cinema.
When do they usually have lunch?
The Earth revolves around the Sun.
What does 'strange' mean?
Water doesn't boil at 20 degrees.
I love walking around late at night during the summer.
She hates flying!
What do you like? I don't want to live in Texas.
Opinions and states of mind
He doesn't agree with you.
I think he is a wonderful student.
What do you consider your best accomplishment?
Timetables and schedules
The plane leaves at 4 p.m.
When do courses begin this semester?
The train doesn't arrive until 10.35.
Simple vs. Simple Progressive
Simple Progressive Tenses(past, present, and future)Simple Tenses(past, present, and future)
Used to emphasize thecontinuous nature of any given activity.
I was watching television at 8 o'clock last night.
Fred is speaking on the telephone at the moment.
They will be eating lunch at Harold's tomorrow.1)
Used to talk aboutrepeated, regular or habitual activities.
I went to school at 8 o'clock when I was achild.
I usually take the bus to work.
He'll commute to work after he moves.2)
ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS INTERSECTED BY A NON-CONTINUOUS ACTIVITY
I was watching television when Susan telephoned.
They will be working in the garden when you arrive.2)
The boys bought some new coats yesterday.
They will arrive at 7 o'clock3)
TWO CONTINUOUS ACTIVITIES OCCURING AT THE
TWO HABITUAL EVENTS