Here is a great example of the use of the simple present using one of the cutest and most viewed youtube videos ever.
This is another lesson in support of my book Understanding English verb forms http://bit.ly/9Kr9aT
I like you when ......
The simple present is not just about the present moment
Children learn the basic grammar of their language very quickly and they usually learn much of it from their mothers. Here is a very cute example. The little boy in the video clip is just learning to talk, but already he clearly understands how to use the simple present. Notice, he is not talking about the present moment. He is talking more generally.
1. When does the little boy say he likes his mother?
2. Does he say he likes his mother all the time?
1. He likes his mother when she gives him cookies (above photo right)
2. No. He only likes his mother when she gives him cookies, he says. He loves his mother but not all the time.
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