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Q: Why isn't he answering? A: 1) He must have already slept 2) … must have been sleeping?

I didn't reply to a ping in the chatroom. The English enthusiast suggested this about me at the time: He must have already slept. Hours (and dreams) later, I came back, I saw the above ...
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Referring to something belonging to goblin: is it “its” thing or “his” thing? [closed]

I'm writing tutorial for fantasy game with said goblin acting as an example. Now, I need to relate to the thing belonging to that goblin, let's say it's an apple. Is it his apple or its apple? Shall I ...
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Aspect (simple, perfect and progressive): What are the differences?

Could you please explain to me the differences between the simple, progressive and perfect aspects. 'Simple aspect' means completed action (action starts and finishes) but I don't really understand ...
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“Before it was too late” vs. “before it would be too late”

What is the difference between the sentences below? Mary decided to get pregnant before it was too late. Mary decided to get pregnant before it would be too late.
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“Would you mind if I use” vs. “would you mind if I used” [duplicate]

Would you mind if I use/used your mobile? One of my friends said used is wrong here. But I think it's grammatical. Who is right?
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Progessive or simple aspect?

Is he still smoking? vs Does he still smoke? Which aspect would be correct, progessive or simple? In my opinion, the first question sounds somehow better, however, I think the second question is ...
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Using 'will' vs. 'would' in this sentence

I'd like to know which one of the following is correct: I would like to have a job which I will like and which will earn me a lot of money. I would like to have a job which I would like and ...
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is + past participle

What would be the correct name for the following formula: is + past participle. Would this be the present perfect? An example sentence would be- The meat is stored in the freezer.
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Is “he should be seventeen” correct?

Is the following sentence correct to describe a young man? He should be seventeen. My colleague was absolutely sure it was correct. I disagreed, so we had a bit of an argument. I would agree on ...
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“He was so desperate that he would have given anything” vs. “that he did give anything”

A: I heard he promised to buy her anything she wants. B: Right. He was so desperate that he would have given anything to win her over. In sentence B, instead of "would have given," is "did ...
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Is “attempt” a durative or a punctual verb?

I think it’s punctual because an attempt in my view is a specific action and not a process, but I’d appreciate your thoughts on it.
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How many tenses are there in English?

Do we have 16 tenses in English? With future present past future in the past in these forms simple continuous perfect perfect continuous Can we manipulate these together to create English ...
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Whose tense is it, anyway?

I have questions which perhaps should be posted to Linguistics.SE; but since my primary concern is to discover what terminology in discussing English grammar and usage on ELU (and in similar ...
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Please, don't - I'm not

“Please, don't mock me.” “Oh, no, I don't! I’m not! I'm completely serious about that.” This is a correction I received from a proofreader of my story. How does that work? What happens here so ...