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Now and Always

We use the present tense for statements that are true now and for things that always happen.

Here are two examples:

       John has a headache.
        As you can see, his head hurts NOW. It doesn't always hurt this way.

      It always rains in Seattle.
         Because it rains in Seattle, people drink a lot of coffee.
        Well okay, it doesn't always rain, but it sure rains often in Seattle.

Words like now, always, and never are called adverbs of frequency. They tell us how often something happens. Between always and never there are several of these adverbs. They are usually, often, sometimes, rarely or seldom. You will see these adverbs often.

Now click the next page to learn about the helping verbs for present tense.


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