While perusing ShreevatsaR's answer to this question, it occurred to me that my own verbal usage is out of step with what I see in current American literature. When speaking in the past tense, I ...
Why do people sometimes use the past perfect form of a verb when the past would suffice? (e.g. “you had mentioned”)
I noticed that my American friends tend to use the past perfect form when they use the verb mention in its past form, almost despite of the context of the sentence. I hear them say "you had ...
and only have different pronunciations?
Why isn't the present tense used? I am wondering if you would like to come for dinner.
I forgot versus I had forgot. What is the difference between the two phrases?
The past tense of to occur is occurred (not occured), but the past tense of to listen is listened (not listenned). Why? What is the general rule that is applied to make the past tense of a verb?
When is the present perfect tense used instead of the past tense? I know that the present perfect tense is used when some adverbs (e.g., never, ever) are present in the sentence; the same is true ...