The word "present" has a few different meanings. Notice the pronunciation of this word. The accent is on the first syllable: prez ent.
A present is a gift:
- Children receive a lot of presents on Christmas Day.
- Hubert gave his wife a present for her birthday.
- Look at all the presents!
The word "present" can also be used as an adjective or as a noun when referring to things that are happening now or every day:
- At the present time, you can get a good deal on a house because rates are low.
- They have no plans for the future at present.
- It’s important to know how to use the present tense in English.
- It’s good to live in the present, but you also have to think about and plan for the future.
- This present problem must be addressed immediately.
- Who is your present English teacher?
- Where do you live at present?
- What is your present address?
Sometimes this word is used when a person is available or in person so that you can talk face to face:
- When the teacher called the students’ names, they answered with the words "here" or "present."
- Catherine is not present in school today.
- Dr. Williams is not present today. He’ll be in his office tomorrow.
Note: When the accent is on the second syllable,
it means to give or show. Click here to learn how "present" might be used as a verb.
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December 17, 2013