present simple +s answers

“s”, “es” or “ies” Third person singular

See instructions for use of “s” “es” and “ies” in Present Simple

Did you put all these verbs in the right place in the table?

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

Check the table for the answers:

Spelling of third person singular forms in Present Simple Tense
Most verbs: Add “s” to infinitiveWork -> worksKnow -> knows
Sit -> sitsGet -> gets
See -> seesLive -> lives
Sew -> sewsFollow -> follows
Boil -> boilsFight -> fights
Meet -> meetsLook -> looks
Send -> sendsAsk -> asks
verbs finishing with one vowel + "y": add "s" to infinitiveStay -> staysEmploy -> employs
Play -> playsDisplay -> displays
Buy -> buys
*Verbs ending with consonant and “y”: change "y" for "ies"Cry -> criesHurry -> hurries
Fly -> fliesImply -> implies
Try -> triesDeny -> denies
Fry -> friesStudy -> studies
Spy -> spiesWorry -> worries
Verbs ending in sibilant sounds –s, -z, -ch, -sh, or –x: add "es"Fix -> fixesPush -> pushes
Tax -> taxesRush -> rushes
Buzz -> buzzesFinish -> finishes
Fax -> faxesConfess -> confesses
Hiss -> hissesReach -> reaches
Kiss -> kisses Teach -> teaches
Pass -> passesTouch -> touches
Verbs ending with one “o” add “es”Go -> goesDo -> does
Echo -> echoesVeto -> vetoes
Verb “to have”Have -> has


Read the comments below to see:

  • why we add es, s, ies  in the third person singular of the Present simple

  • what is a “third person”

    where we put adverbs of time/frequency

    How to use ADVERBS

16 Responses to “present simple +s answers”

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  1. mishal says:

    he never eats breakfast is it correct or not

    • admin says:

      Hi Mishal,

      Of course, “He never eats breakfast” is grammatically correct. – although I always think that it’s better to eat breakfast 😉

      never, usually, often etc are one word adverbs of time/frequency which are used before the main verb:

      -She usually has cereals for breakfast.
      -The team often play on Sundays.
      -John has always lived in Birmingham.
      …. but after the verb “be”:

      -Fred is always happy.
      -Miriam was usually a very good student.

      For more information about adverbs you can start here:

  2. RICHA SHARMA says:

    Please tell me what exactly a third person is And please give some examples for that as well.

    • admin says:

      Richa Sharma
      Generally the grammar of verb forms in any language changes depending on who is doing an action. With the verb “to be” for example we say:
      1st. I am English
      2nd. You are a student
      3rd. John is an architect
      We separate into
      1st person (I) this refers to “me”:
      I am a teacher; I come from England; I live in a small town; I like reading; I went to school in England
      2nd person (you) this refers to “you” the person I am talking to or writing to:
      Do you like apples?; You are reading this; You wrote a comment on my web
      3rd (third) person (she, he, it, John, Mary, my mother etc) This refers to another person or thing that is not “me” or “you”
      David lives in London; He works in a bank; Maria studies Italian; She likes Italian food

      I will write an article about this and then I’ll send you the link. OK?

      • Jabbar says:

        I wok. you work. They work. He ,She,,It works
        I ,you.We,they buy. He, She ,It buys.
        I ,you.We,they cry. He, She,It cries
        I ,you.We,they fix it. He, She fixes it
        I ,you.We,they go. He, She,It goes
        I ,you.We,they have. He, She ,It has

        • admin says:

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  3. gringo says:

    Do you have any more examples? Can I download them?

    • rajni meshram says:

      ex:- me and my boyfriend wants to go to shimala
      is it correct sentence or not

      • admin says:

        Hi Rajni
        No, your example is not correct:
        “me and my boyfriend” is the equivalent of “we” and this means that “we want to go to Shimala” or “Me and my boyfriend want to go to Shimala”
        ONLY if we talk about one other person (she, he, my mother, my boyfriend) do we use wants (with “s”)
        Of course: “My boyfriend wants to go to Shimala with me” would be correct

        • rajni Meshram says:

          Thank you so much respected
          Sir/Madam for the response

          • admin says:

            It’s our pleasure.
            Don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have any other questions.

    • IbraheeM says:

      why we use (es) after (x-o-s-ss-sh-ch-zz) and not only (s) !? 😉

      • admin says:

        IbraheeM thank you for your question.

        We put “es” after (x-o-s-ss-sh-ch-zz) in the third person singular because of its pronunciation. With spelling in English (and probably other languages) we have to consider that the spoken language existed before reading and writing was established. Therefore the spelling of the words that end in sibilant sounds (x, s, ch, z, sh) reflects how we pronounce the words. This is because if we want to pronounce these verbs – miss, mix, match, mash with an additional “s” sound we need to add a vowel sound after the x, ss, ch, etc or it becomes extremely difficult to pronounce. So the spelling: misses, mixes, matches and mashes guide us to the correct prounciation for the written word.
        Also with verbs that finish with “ss” (miss, kiss) if we only put an “s” and not “es” would we spell them with 3 “s”: kisss, misss ?