Using Le Présent where English uses Present Tense (current actions, habits and situations)

Look at these sentences:

Tous les jours, je me lève à 6 heures.Every day, I wake up at 6.

Les lions mangent de la viande.Lions eat meat.

Le téléphone sonne.The phone rings.

 

Notice that le Présent is used to refer to current actions, timeless facts and habitual actions. In these examples, it translates to the Present tense in English*.

 

*but be aware as this is not always the case! It can also imply Present Continuous or Immediate Future actions depending on context - see these other lessons:

Using Le Présent for immediate/near future actions

Using Le Présent for ongoing actions where English uses Present Continuous

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Examples and resources

Les lions mangent de la viande.Lions eat meat.
Tous les jours, je me lève à 6 heures.Every day, I wake up at 6.
Le téléphone sonne.The phone rings.

Current actions


Je suis dans la doucheI am in the shower

Habitual actions


Je prends le train tous les matinsI take the train every morning

Timeless facts


La lune tourne autour de la TerreThe moon goes round the Earth
Thinking...