ESL Beginning High Grammar: Simple Present-Affirmative and Negative Sentences

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The simple present form is used to describe routine activities. For example, saying, “I brush my teeth”, implies that I brush my teeth regularly. We will use the following phrases in the simple present to make negative and affirmative sentences.

  • Have a dangerous job
  • Have an interesting job
  • Need a driver’s license
  • Stand all day
  • Wear a uniform
  • Wear an ID badge
  • Work in a court
  • Work outside
  • Work inside

Here is an example, using a firefighter, of a negative and positive sentence that you can make.

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Present Affirmative: He has a dangerous job.

Present Negative: He does not work in a court.

Find different jobs and practice creating a present affirmative and present negative sentence for each job. Here are some jobs as an example:

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Gardener

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Astronaut

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Taxi Driver

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Teacher

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