“s” “es” or “ies” in Present Simple

Verbs ending in “s”, “es” and “ies” in the Present Simple tense

In the   Present Simple verb form    3rd (third) person singular

we add “s”, “es” or “ies” at the end of the verb

  • I run

  • You run

  • He/she/it runs

  • We run

  • You run

  • They run

There are three ways to make the “S form”:

          by adding “s” to the end of a verb (run >runs, sit >sits,see >sees, play > plays)

          by adding “es” to the end of the verb (watch > watches, guess > guesses)

          by changing final “y” to “ies” (study > studies, party > parties, fly > flies)

–       irregular forms 

*see table below for difference between verbs finishing with vowel + y (stay, play etc) and verbs finishing with consonant + y (cry, fly, study etc)

See more examples of verbs with “s”, “es” and “ies”

Spelling of third person singular forms in Present Simple Tense

Most verbs: Add “s” to inf

Work ->

works

Sit ->

sits

Stay ->

stays*

See ->

sees

know ->

knows

Live ->

lives
Verbs ending with consonant and “y”:
Change “y” for “ies”

Cry->

cries*

Hurry->

hurries*

Fly->

flies*

Imply->

implies*

Try->

tries*

 

 
Verbs ending in sibilant sounds –s, -z, -ch, -sh, or -x

Push->

pushes

Fix->

Fixes

Catch->

catches

Confess->

confesses

Buzz->

buzzes

Finish->

finishes
Verbs ending with “o”
Verb “have”

Go->

goes

Do->

does

Have->

has

 

 

 

Think about these verbs, what group do they go in?

spy, rush, get, play, tax, employ, sew, follow, fight, boil, deny, meet, look, reach, display, pass, fry, echo, teach, ask, touch, kiss, send, buy. fax, hiss

See ANSWERS in the completed table

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Examples: 

  • Work:   I work in London; They work in Berlin; He works in an office
  • Study: You study English; we study geography; she studies French
  • Finish:  I finish early; you finish late; John finishes tomorrow
  • Pass:   You pass your exams; they pass their exams; Maria passes her exams
  • Do:     They do their homework; we do our homework; She does her homework
  • Have:  We have a nice car; you have a big car; Fred has a black car

English Grammar exercise: Present Simple

How to use WISH and IF ONLY

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