In this English lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the present simple tense when talking about daily routines.

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What is your normal daily routine?

Your routine is your normal everyday activities. The things that you usually do on a normal school or work day.

I take the bus to school.

I take the bus to school.

How to write about your simple daily routine:
1. Use the present simple tense.

Forming the present simple tense is simple – use the base form of the verb.

  • I play
  • You work
  • They swim

Remember – if you are using the third person singular (he/she/it) you need to add s to the verb.

  • He plays
  • She jumps
  • It kicks

Example sentences with the simple present tense:

  • I clean my teeth at 7:00.
  • I go to sleep at 11:00.
2. Use adverbs of frequency.

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always, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, hardly ever, rarely, never 

I always clean my teeth before I go to school. 

I sometimes have hot chocolate in the evening.


Get up and wake up have different meanings.

Wake up – means to open your eyes, to be awake.

Get up – means to stand up, get out of bed.

Example Daily Routine:

Lisa is a student at university. Here is her daily routine.

  1. I always wake up at 7:00 in the morning.
  2. I usually have breakfast at 7:30.
  3. I catch the bus to university at 8:00.
  4. I usually start studying at 8:30.
  5. I always have lunch at noon.
  6. I finish university at 4:15 in the afternoon.
  7. I sometimes go to the cinema with my friends in the evening.
  8. I usually have dinner with my family at about 7:00 in the evening.
  9. I never go to bed before 11 o’clock.
  10. I often go to bed at midnight.


Midday or noon = 12:00 in the day.

Midnight = 12:00 at night.

It’s your turn! Have a go at writing your daily routine.


I always have lunch at noon.

I always have lunch at noon.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.