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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 ...
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SAT Writing Question

Upon considering the facts of the case; he quickly made a decision and sent the police. A. When he considered B. Considering C. Upon Considering D. When Considering Hello everyone, I ...
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Is it possible to write

Is it possible to write: they were driving for an hour, then they stopped near the cafe. ? I mean, are the tenses I've used correct?
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Is it grammatical to use redundant past tense?

is it grammatically correct to use "have" or "has" before a past tense verb? for example, which is more correct: (1) "Some called for..." vs. (2) "Some have called for..." or similarly, (3) "Some ...
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When can past indefinite tense be used instead of past continuous tense?

"I answered the phone in my apartment and heard the sloping drawl of one of my students , Travis. " Miss Diana , " he said , "Could you come on down the stairs a minute?" It was early May on the ...
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Do you ever use 'is' in a past tense narrative?

It's a story written in the past tense, but once I named the characters I found myself saying 'is' instead of 'was' and couldn't decide if it was right or wrong. IS: Mom loved our movie nights ...
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“Every-day” in Past Tense

Can the adverb "every day" be used in Simple Past Tense? I've seen plenty of online journalists writing articles by putting "every day" in the Simple Past Tense's sentence. So.....Is this correct? ...
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Past or present tense when talking about firsts that happened in the past?

When talking about firsts that happened in the past, is it okay to use the present tense? For instance, if we want to talk about George Washington being the first president of the United States, ...
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Is this question asked in the right manner?

"Do you think the children enjoyed their meal?" As you can see, this question started with the "Present Tense's auxiliary verb" which was "Do". Why can we still use Past Tense's verb (enjoyed) then? ...
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What's the difference between “I felt ill because I had drunk six cups of coffee.” and “I felt ill because I drank six cups of coffee. ” [closed]

I think both of them are correct. But i suspect there is a difference in meaning. I don't know what.
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“Which verb to use in a reporting clause?”

Direct: he said, “It used to be a lovely quiet street.” Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street. Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet ...
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grammar of “try as I might”

I understand the phrase "try as I might..." to mean "I'm trying very hard and still..." and I'm comfortable using it in the present tense. However, I don't understand the grammar of the phrase and ...
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“did she tell” or “has she told”: should we use simple past or present perfect here?

Stella isn't here, did she tell you where she was going? Stella isn't here, has she told you where she was going? That is, should simple past or present perfect tense be used? It is an ...
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A second past-form: “dig” / “digged” / “digged”

I've been digging through the Internet and I can't find any legit answers to this question, even in English dictionaries. Probably because this particular usage is rarely used in the past tense. ...
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Past Perfect and Past Simple in AmE

I've recently been told that Past Perfect and Past Simple tenses are interchangeable in AmE. I know that it is possible to use the Past Simple tense instead of the Present Perfect one in AmE but have ...
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“can give” or “could give” as second verb in a past sentence [closed]

I have the following 2 sentences: "what Pablo said can give you a hint" "what Pablo said could give you a hint" Are they both correct? if no, which one and why? Thank you very much
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Using the word 'former' in this context?

I'm writing a document about my study progress. I'm about to refer to the tutor I had last year for a certain school subject that I didn't pass. So I have to write about catching up and handing in the ...