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Verb - to read


Present tense - read

He reads

Let's break it down.

Subject + verb + nounnoun phrase

Anna reads a book.

I read a book. 

She reads a book.

He reads a book.

You read a book.

It reads a book.

Note that the subjects (he, she and it) change the verb so there is an 's' at the end. 


A: What does Anna do in the evening?

B: She reads a magazine. 

Past tense - read
He read a newspaper

Let's break it down.

Subject + verb + nounnoun phrase

He read a newspaper.

I read a newspaper. 

She read a newspaper.

He read a newspaper.

You read a newspaper.

It read a newspaper. 


A: What did Anna do last night?

B: She read her Kindle. 

Continuous tense - reading
He is reading a file

Let's break it down.

Subject + verb 'be' + continuous verb + nounnoun phrase

The doctor is reading a file.

I am reading a file. 

She is reading a file.

He is reading a file.

You are reading a file.

It is reading a file.


A: What are you reading?

B: I'm reading a book on dinosaurs. 

A: Are you reading anything interesting?

B: Yes, I'm reading a biography of Charles Dickens. 

A: What's your brother doing? 

B: He's reading his favourite book.

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