When you were a kid, did you play hide and seek? The challenge of finding someone who is hidden can be a lot of fun. Some children enjoy thinking of a hiding place they believe that no one will look. Others like the excitement of searching and then finding their friends in an unusual location.
Geocaching is a game for adults that uses a GPS device and specific coordinates to find something that’s been hidden out in the world. The object that’s hidden isn’t that important. Finding the location is what matters. Usually the geocaching receptacle is not in a place where it can be stumbled upon by chance. You really have to search for it!
Neither Gary nor Julie have tried geocaching, but they’re both interested in the game. Read on in today’s English lesson.
Gary: Do you like games, Julie?
Julie: I love games.
Gary: Do you like in person, real life, outside of your home type games?
Julie: Are you talking about geocaching?
Gary: You totally got it! Yes. It’s such a cool game.
Julie: I’ve never done it, but I have stumbled upon several of them when I’ve been out on hikes.
Gary: Did you have a GPS device, or the coordinates of a location? Nothing!
Julie: No, it was purely by chance.
Julie: It’s really cool to find them. Is the actual thing that you put the objects in, is that called the geocache? Is there a name for the receptacle that they put stuff in, or is that just “the box?”
Gary: I have to admit I don’t know. I think it’s just “the box” thing.
Julie: OK. What do you do when you find it? You just say, “Yay! I found it.”?
Gary: Honestly, I’ve never done it. I don’t know anyone who ever has. That’s why I was curious if you were interested in games like that, if you had done that.
Julie: Let’s get some people together and try it.
Gary wants to know more about geocaching. He has heard of it, but none of his friends have gone geocaching, and neither has Gary. He seems excited about this game that happens outdoors and uses GPS to find coordinates.
Julie has never gone geocaching either, but she has found some geocaching boxes when hiking. While she seems to like the idea of the game as well, Julie has as many questions as Gary. With so little information, it seems unlikely that the friends can learn how to play on their own.
Have you ever been geocaching? What did you enjoy about it?
Simple Present Tense
Julie says, “I love games.” She uses the simple present tense.
We use the simple present tense to talk about regular or habitual actions. Julie regularly enjoys games.
For most verbs in the simple present tense, you must add an “s” to the end of the verb for he/she/it, as in, “Devan hates the holidays.” However, for some verbs, you have to add -es for he/she/it, as in, “She watches a lot of TV,” or, “He misses his mom.”
So, how do you know when -es is necessary? One rule to remember is that any verb ending in -ch, -sh or -ss needs to end with -es, not s, for he/she/it.
For the other pronouns, I/you/we/they, regular verbs simply take the basic verb form. For example, “I play basketball,” or, “We love watching movies.”
And remember, you can use “always” in front of a simple present verb to indicate that something happens all the time.
Which is correct, “The cat likes its toy mouse,” or, “The cat like its toy mouse”?