PRESENT SIMPLE

It is no wonder that human existence has been of description by philosophers and literary people. To discuss the Present Simple, we may get to mind "general facts that are always true and permanent" — now. Granny has a way.

The matter here comes from the CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY.
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CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY, THE PRESENT SIMPLE; CLICK TO ENLARGE

"We use the present simple to talk about general facts that are always true and permanent about the world:
Ten times ten makes one hundred. (10 x 10 = 100)
There is always a holiday on the last Monday in August in the UK.
Time passes very quickly when you get older.
We use the present simple to talk about general facts that we think are true and permanent at the present time:
I really love my job."

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Generally true things, as 10x10 makes 100, hold for the Present, as well as the Past, and the Future.

Granny does not live in the UK, yet for a "general fact that is always true and permanent about the world", Granny would not bet a fiver there always will be a holiday on the last Monday in August, in the UK. Holidays are made by country or state authorities, and people happen to change resolves. In Scotland, the summer bank holiday is on the first Monday of August. The last Monday in August is more like celebrating the end of the season, honestly, a bit prohibitively about pleasure.

"To bet a fiver" is a saying, between Jemma and Bob, on how probable things are. The kids do not literally bet, and Granny never goes into gambling, either.

Let us compare Oxford, for the Present Simple.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, THE SIMPLE; CLICK TO ENLARGE
We may read we can use the Present Simple "to describe things that are currently happening or that are currently or always the case."

What the case is or is not, depends quite often on what people think and do. Granny says we cannot have grammar for an opinion poll or statistic. We also could not have to go Greek philosophers, to chat. Besides, Granny would not have the variable {IN} (in the Present Progressive, "are currently happening") define the variable {ON} (the Simple Aspect).

We can combine variables {ON} and {TO}, or {TO} and {IN}, but variables {ON} and {IN} always remain distinct. We have to be on an extent to perceive in what area we are, but the variable {IN} sets borders.

If you feel like more advanced tips, as on the Modal net, see Travel in Grammar, Chapter 9.2. The Modal TIME FRAME

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Let us Granny take an Oxford test on the Present Simple, to see what the cases are.

1. Shhh! Be quiet. I am studying.
2. We don't usually watch TV in the evening.
3. They are going for a coffee now.
4. Do you always wear a suit for work? 
5. We normally get up at 7.30 a.m.
6. He is not working today.


In this test, everything depends on what people think and decide. We need more of an objective foundation, for our grammar, to learn deciding on our own. We can seek this foundation in our three-dimensional reality, and language patterns.

Objectively, we people live ON Earth. We give at least psychological borders to areas IN which we are, and we learn ways TO places, as well as locations AT places.


Let Granny think about these cognitive variables and the Oxford test. Granny is going to decide what she would envision ON a cognitive extent, and what would belong IN a select area more.

1. Shhh! Be quiet. I am studying. 
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {IN}

2. We don't usually watch TV in the evening.
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {ON}
3. They are going for a coffee now.
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {IN}

4. Do you always wear a suit for work? 
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {ON}

5. We normally get up at 7.30 a.m.
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {IN}

6. He is not working today.
SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABLE: {IN}.

This way, Granny can view activities and events without wondering what is always true, or what is not. Would this mean that Granny has the Aspects for options? Feel welcome to read Travel in Grammar,