Hi everybody,

Why do all the Grammar books use the expressions "simple present" and "simple past", although all the other tenses start with the tense-marker and add the aspect-marker then: present progressive, present perfect, present perfect progressive, past progressive, past perfect, past perfect progressive.
Couldn't it be more logical to then say "present simple" and "past simple"?

Yours, D.S. Elfers
My guess is just tradition. Even then, I've read and heard both names.

Best wishes, Clive

71,300 English pages for "the present simple".
42,700 English pages for "the simple present".