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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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Difference of “I visited / have visited the museum many times when I was a university student.” [on hold]

(a) I visited the museum many times when I was a university student. (b) I have visited the museum many times when I was a university student. What is the difference between (a) and (b)?
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Change of tenses

What is the past progressive form of- "I was ill"? Can it be changed at all? I think it cannot be changed but in a bit hesitation. Clarify the answer with reason.
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using if for past event

Which one is grammatically correct? Situation: I already bought coffee. 1) I told myself I'd buy coffee if I find my book. 2) I told myself I'd buy coffee if I found my book. Thanks.
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The Use of the Present Perfect. What is natural?

Sometimes, I got really confused by the use of the Present Perfect tense. Given the fact, that we don't have this structure in Russian, all we can is to base our knowledge on grammar rules. The ...
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“I love” versus “I've loved” usage [migrated]

Which quote is proper? "I believe in love at first sight because I've loved my mom since I opened my eyes." or "I believe in love at first sight because I love my mom since I opened my ...
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I didn't phone Peter this morning / I haven't phoned Peter this morning

Example: I'm calling Peter at work at 9:00 this morning. He isn't answering, and the only way for me to call him is at work. At 10:00 in the morning, I finish my work, as usual. I leave my business ...
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'The thing is done with' tense

In need some help describing this writing style: A procedure can be written as "The bowl is washed with water, then....." or "The bowl was washed with water, then...." The second version is third ...
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The difference between “have been able to” and “was able to”

I have been able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (1) Does (1) mean that I bought the house? I was able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (2) I was able to ...
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Why past perfect and not simple past was used in this case? [duplicate]

I'm watching "World War 2" show and narrator said: This was fertile ground for a new breed of rabble rousing right wing politicians. Among them Adolf Hitler. Hitler HAD BEEN born in Austria. He HAD ...
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expressing uncertainty in the past: “could be” vs. “would have been”

Yesterday I wrote the below snippet in an email, but looking at it again it doesn't sound right: Last term I did way too much teaching related stuff (my fault, didn’t really know how much time ...
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Had been or was? [migrated]

Can anyone please help me here? Please, don't vote negatively, I just wish to get an answer for this, thank you. Ok everyone, so which one is correct and why? "Beckham hasn't had an injury in 3 ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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Can the present tense be used in the past tense to refer to something that always happens or to something that hasn't happened yet? [duplicate]

I'm new here so please excuse me if this question's already been asked, I just couldn't seem to find it anywhere. What I want to know is, can the present tense be used in the past tense? Let's say ...
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When describing my personal opinions, should I use “one thing I was sure”, “was that” or “is that”? [closed]

When describing my personal thoughts back in a few years ago. Should I use: One thing I was sure though, is that ... or One thing I was sure though, was that ... To me, it sounds more correct ...
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Verbs whose simple past tense can be used as continuous [closed]

I was wondering whether there are any verbs whose past tense could be used as a continuous verb like "head." Is "head" the only verb whose past tense can be used as a present continuous verb? I ...
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The sun has shined/shone its shine? [duplicate]

I'm working on some lyrics here, and I'm not sure what would be correct/best: After the sun has shined its shine After the sun has shone its shine Google returns more results for the ...
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Do we use the present or the past after “when” in a conditional sentence?

He said we would get married when we get older. or He said we would get married when we got older. Which tense of the verb get should be used?
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Do I need Past perfect tense when the order of verbs is from first to last?

I am learning about the past perfect tense and I'm beginning to think that the tense is never really required for the sentence to be grammatical. It is mainly a tense to help clarify the order of the ...
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how do we use past perfect tense? [closed]

I have a bit of confusion regarding the use of past perfect tense. I read it in a grammar book that we use past perfect tense when we are describing an action before an action in the past. I read the ...
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Why are there many internet grammar lesson examples using past perfect with “before” but not with “after”? [closed]

I know that I have to use past perfect when using before. I had eaten before I swam. But why don't I need to use past perfect with after? I swam after I ate. Thank you guys for the ...
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How to say “I had cleaned at home”? [closed]

I can't find a similar sentence in Google. I'm trying to say that I already have done cleaning in my apartments and in the process of it I ... etc. Is "A couple months ago, we had cleaned at the ...
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“ Did you were at home ? ” or “Were you at home ?” [closed]

I don't know when I should use "Did you were..." and when I should use "Were you...". For example, Why do we say: "Were you at home last night?" but not "Did you were at home last night?"
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Perfect Continuous

I know we use Past Perfect Continuous when an event in the past continue up until another event in the past: I had been talking with her for over an hour before Tony arrived. Can we use it when ...
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If you have a sentence that implies that something happened in the past, do you talk about it in past tense if it is an event in a book?

I don't know whether the title is clear or not, so I'll try to give an adequate example: From these brief references in the Lord of the Rings, you can picture what Middle-earth is like before he ...
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Two past perfect verbs from an Arthur Conan Doyle story

I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room. Why are there two past perfect verbs in this entene? Is it the same as saying: I had come to these conclusions before ever ...
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Past Perfect - Which one is right?

Which variation of this sentence is correct? The meeting had gone on for hours and finished ten minutes ago when the partners left. The meeting had gone on for hours and had finished ten minutes ...
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Can I use a noun phrase with “after” or “before” to talk about specific past events or “past perfect” is required?

I know that gerunds can be used with before or after in the present tense when talking about facts: I always turn off the lights before going to bed. But can I use a gerund with "after" or ...
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Present perfect or past simple another situation

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of the author's books; Gregor gave me the first book of the series. I know it ...
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Present perfect or past simple why

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of his books, Gregor gave me the first book. I know it sounds wrong if you say: ...
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To be “hung, drawn and quartered”, or to be “hanged, drawn and quartered”?

I have always used the former, both as an idiom (to be severely punished, often used as a superlative in jest) and in reference to the historical form of capital punishment. I have always used hanged ...
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How do I say “now it holds” in past tense?

I'm writing a short story, and came across a weird grammar issue. Here's a simplified snippet: The holding cell was spacious, originally intended to hold a dozen prisoners. But now it held a ...
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Cast Away in Past Tense? [closed]

What's the past tense for cast away? Is it right to say 'I was cast away 3 months ago'? I am a bit confused about this after reading this: Can "casted" be the past tense of ...
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Should I describe a book I've read in the past or present tense?

For example, should I say, "Recently, I finished a novel that was called The Pyrates. The plot of it was that a hero called Avery was sent by the King of England blah, blah, blah." OR "Recently I ...
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Should you use past or present tense in a sentence if it ends in something like in olden and modern times?

Large amounts of gold weren’t worth much and merely had to be gotten ridden of in olden times like in modern times.' OR Large amounts of gold aren't worth much and merely have to be gotten rid of ...
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How often do people use “would” when they are talking about past events?

I've recently learned from a grammar book that in English we can use "would" to describe repeated actions in the past. Actually, I try reading a lot books in English, listening to songs, aticles from ...
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“Took into consideration” or “Taken into consideration”

Do I say "took into consideration" or "taken into consideration"? For example, do I say when looking at shoes, "The first thing "took/taken" into consideration is how fashionable they are."?
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Can I use an emphatic “did” in the passive past tense?

Can I use the emphatic did in the past passive, or is it only for the active tense? For example: "The Romans did build the bridges!" (active voice) How would I say that in the passive voice? I ...
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Is it wrong to use “Did you ever” in a sentence?

My German friend thinks that it is wrong to use "Did you ever" in the sentence "Did you ever fly a kite"? She is telling me it is wrong because you must use "Have" with "Ever", which would make the ...
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“and you received this” or “and you have received this”

For me following sounds better: Wrong password entered. If you are sure the password is correct and you received this file as an e-mail attachment, please first save the file locally. ...but ...
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Passive voice. Past Continuous or Present Perfect?

Nothing (was)/(has) ever heard of David. I think that correct answer is "has" because it's result. But in the answer section it's said that correct option is "was". Which one is correct and why? ...
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Usage of Past Perfect in “After something…”

I have been doing a couple of SAT and exam writing problems and I have noticed this following trend. Usually you have a couple of sentences like this: "After she had eaten her food she went ...
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My mom told me I **WAS/AM** a good cook [duplicate]

I don't fully comprehend the use of past tense. Well, it is used when you are explaining something that occurs in the past but let's say if I say 1)It took me ages to notice that the guy WAS/IS from ...
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Has been Vs had been

I had a story, from two days ago, till now; i.e, it just ended/solved. Which tense, the present perfect or the past perfect should I use and why? It has been a tortuous journey. It had been a ...
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How many hours did you spend/spent studying for the test? [closed]

I'm pretty confused on which sentence is grammatically correct just because online and in person, everyone says it differently: How many hours did you spend studying for the test? or is it: ...
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Past Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous in this case?

Which one is correct? Her friends had thought of calling the police when she came in. Her friends had thought to call the police when she came in. Her friends had been thinking of calling ...
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“I thought we talked…” vs. “I thought we had talked…” [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker and I find English quite difficult and confusing and one of the reasons is because of its tenses—which I find challenging and rewarding once everything becomes ...
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Past perfect or simple past with 'ago'?

As a non-native speaker but a teacher of the English language I've come across the following question reading a pupil's report: Should she use the simple past or past perfect in her sentence? Last ...
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Use of FROM with Past Continuous

Can we use from when we are talking about the beginning of a period of time in Past Continuous but without indicating when that period of time stopped. For example: We were playing in the garden ...
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how to introduce section content in a thesis [closed]

In my thesis work I want to explain the content of a section, my question is which is the best form to introduce the section, for example: In this section are described the technologies ... or In ...