The present simple tense isn't always so "simple" for learners but I promise this explanation will make things much clearer. In this section, we'll look at the different uses of the present tense.
[Note: Click here to learn how to form the present simple.
We use the present simple to talk about things that are generally true or to state facts.
We use this tense to talk about situations that are mostly permanent, jobs or hobbies and things that always happen.
We use the present simple to describe how often we do things, from never to always and everything in between. Sometimes this describes a routine or habit (on Saturdays, once a week, usually, every summer, always. We also use this to describe something we don't do regularly: now and then, once in awhile, rarely, sometimes, when I'm tired).
Remember: Adverbs of frequency (e.g., never, rarely, sometimes, usually, always) come before the verb.
We use the present simple tense for actions and events that are set by a timetable. This is often something that is set by an organization. Please note that this can actually describe an event happening in the future.
We use the simple present with verbs that express opinions, states, feelings and emotions (not actions).
Common stative verbs include:
be, belong, seem, realize, think, believe, understand, like, love, hate, hear, smell, see, think, understand, want, wish.
If you need to review how to form the present simple tense please check this page. I go over the positive and negative forms, questions, spelling and give lots of examples.
Present Simple Usage