Two of the most common verb tenses in English are the present simple and future simple tenses. The former is used for actions or states of being happening right now, while the latter is for actions or conditions that will occur in the future.
Review these tenses’ functions and correct forms, then test your understanding through a quiz. This printable PDF quiz comprises three parts that will surely challenge you!
Present Simple vs. Future Simple Tense
The present simple tense is used when:
- The action or state of being is happening right now.
- The action or state of being happens regularly.
- The statement expresses a general truth.
We form it by adding -s or –es to the root verb when the subject is singular and in the third person. Otherwise, we keep the root verb. For example:
- I see him all the time.
- She sees him all the time.
- You see him all the time.
- My friends see him all the time.
The future simple tense is commonly used for actions that start in the future. We form it by using the auxiliary verb will with the root verb. For example:
- I will drive the car tomorrow.
- She will disinfect her room later.
- Her classmates will go to the zoo after the examination.
Final Word on Present Simple and Future Simple
Did these exercises help you master the present simple and future simple verb tenses? I hope it did. Check your answers using the answer key, and keep practicing until you get a perfect score. Remember:
- The present simple tense is for actions that are happening now or regularly.
- The future simple tense is for future actions.