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The simple form for verbs in English

simple form = base form = infinitive form

The simple form of the verb and the present tense form of the verb?

Helping verbs + the simple form

Use the simple form of the verb with helping verbs.

MAKE QUESTION:

  • Where do you live ?
    • I live in …

To make verbs negative:

helping verb + not + the simple form .

I do not live in …

To make past tense. use did.

Where did you go ? I went to work.

Will.

What time will you eat ?

Can .

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helping verbs simple past past participle
do live lived lived
does work worked worked
did want wanted wanted
will study studied studied
can go went gone
  see saw seen
  do did done
  have had had
  eat ate eaten

** Helping verbs are used with the simple form to make questions: **

  • Do you live in the United States?
  • Did you go to the store today?
  • When will we have dinner ?
  • What did you eat for breakfast ?

** Helping verbs are used with the simple form to make negative statements: **

  • He doesn't want any brocolli.
  • She didn't do her homework.
  • I can't see the menu.
  • We won't have enough time to finish.

The simple form is also known as “the base form” or “the infinitive.”