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  1. the tense used to talk about habitual actions, behaviour, or states in the present. The simple present consists of the infinitive of a verb, or the infinitive with an ‘s’, for exampleunderstand’ and ‘arrives’ in the sentencesI understand the question’, and ‘The train arrives at six’. The auxiliaries ‘do’ and ‘does’ are used in questions and negatives, for example in the sentences ‘Do you help your parents with the housework?’ and ‘She doesn’t use her mobile much’.
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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