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Signal words for the Present Simple

What are signal words for the Present Simple?

These words tell you what tense you have to use. For the Present Simple these are adverbs of frequency:

  • always
  • often
  • frequently
  • never
  • occasionally
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • usually

Other time phrases can occur, such as:

  • every day
  • every week
  • every year
  • every Thursday
  • on Saturdays
  • after school
  • at the weekend