Granny talks Present Simple

We don’t have to go Greek philosophers to learn grammar, but we need to read, books or articles. Well, and the first and most important thing is to work that grammar guidance out. Let us begin with Oxford Dictionaries, for verb tenses.

Here we have a SCREENSHOT or →LIVE PAGE, for the now Oxford-powered Lexico.

The tense of a verb tells you when a person did something or when something existed or happened. In English, there a three main tenses, the present, the past, and the future.


This is trouble enough, we stop here. The trouble is highlighted.

  • Grammatical tenses are not clocks or chronicles, and they don’t tell, when. If we tell when, it is our knowledge to give the date, hour, or other circumstance.
  • When we look up Lexico for the word OR, we can read it joins alternatives, synonyms, or it tells afterthought.

For an ALTERNATIVE, we couldn’t really insist that things either exist or happen. Non-existent things don’t happen, but things may exist and never happen in our lives, so existing and happening are not SYNONYMS, either. Finally, football and baseball would be synonyms, in a thing happening to be no AFTERTHOUGHT.

Well, we don’t have to go Greek philosophers. We can use the word or for an APPOSITION, that is, to add other word senses:
What are you going to have for your vitamin C?
Orange, lemon, or grapefruit.

  • The present, past, or future are the grammatical time, not tenses. We have about 12 tenses in English, and we make those out reckoning on the grammatical time and Aspect. We have a GUMPTION SET.
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Let us see some more trouble.

The present tense is also called the present simple or simple present. It’s mainly used in the following ways:

  • to describe things that are currently happening or that are currently or always the case;
  • to talk about something that exists or happens regularly;
  • to refer to a future situation in certain cases and in some subordinate clauses.


We don’t really have one present tense in English. The grammatical time is the same for all the world, the present, past, or future, and we have 4 Aspects for each of these grammatical time extents, so this makes four present tenses and the Present Simple is one of them.

We can see the trouble grows, so let us learn about WORDNET SYNSETS to work on word sense. The words currently and always look two different ideas to reckon about life.

CURRENT things can be modern or new; a current position could be the actual place something is; current events are those live or on-going; and a current report would be up-to-date or the latest.

Things that ALWAYS happen can be constant, incessant, or perpetual, and we say something is always possible, if it can happen any time; if we say that something is always to be, we mean it is forever.

Well, PRESENT matters also happen to take place NOW. What is current belongs with what is now. Matters that are always, belong with what is possible now, but they also were and will be possible. The word current is an idea about the present only. The word always brings the past and the future too.

WordNet is really good, tells a lot about words, and we are into some more, but the stage we are now definitions may get us entangled in words. Let us think about a ground like we were standing. We give ground to our thought. This is what “down to earth” is a figure for.

We can grant an entire such cognitive extent or ground.

We can grant only a part of such a ground, view matters as in an area.

Let us step onto our ground for a test. It compares the Present Simple and the Present Progressive. Some grammar books or articles may have the Progressive for the Continuous.

We have a SCREENSHOT and a link to Oxford University LIVE PAGE. We think for what examples we stay ON the entire cognitive ground, and for which we are as IN an area.

Feel welcome to compare GRANNY’S RESULT, all OK. Granny envisioned as in, on, in, on, on, in, but mind you, this does not mean granny just did options.

Granny used the GUMPTION SET, because grammar is not like a program, to have options. The people who were making the page for the Present Simple were maybe thinking abut the Progressive too. We can reckon on the Progressive right next.