The present tense is a grammatical tense that locates a situation or event in present time.

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Did you still want vs Do you still want

Is it grammatically correct to ask: "Did you still want to go to the park today?" Or should it be: "Do you still want to go to the park today?"
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Present Perfect Progressive in scientific writing?

Scientific writing is generally supposed to be written in present tense (focus on proof of the existence of the result, not how the author arrived at it). However, I have a case where this results in ...
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convert into present tense [on hold]

This is the introductory phase of novel (Shadow in Wonderland); the author just explains his thoughts about the first visit to a Royal free Hospital. He had taken a start of his story from the ...
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Difference between “What time do you come to class every day?” and “What time do you go to class every day?”

Could someone please explain me the difference between the following? A: What time do you go to class every day? B: At 8:00 A: What time do you come to class every day? B: At 8:00 I ...
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Why is this sentence infelicitous?

Consider the sentence: I saw her cry. Why is it, then, that we can't say: I saw her be crying. And instead say: I saw her crying. ? Why is the second sentence infelicitous?
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“She's being obnoxious” - is my intuition correct?

Consider the sentence: She's being obnoxious. I know what the sentence means: she is not usually obnoxious, but she is right now. Now, what I'm interested in is why the verb be here in the ...
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To tell the name of a person I met in the past

I have a basic grammar question about the past tense. If I met a guy yesterday, which tense should I use about his name today? For example, "Yesterday I met a guy, his name is/was John."
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Are or Were? Which linking verb would satisfy this sentence [closed]

In 2003, around 80% of North America's population (are/were) urban area residents. Is the whole sentence grammatically correct?
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What tense is “I see that …” [closed]

For example, in "I see that you have a new car." the "I see" seems to imply something like "I am seeing now" or "I noticed", rather than the usual present simple tense connotation of a habit or ...
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“Complicated” or “complicating”

Can anyone tell me why sentence (A) is wrong, and (B) is correct? (A) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicating." (B) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicated." To me, ...
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Difference between two verb tenses

She is reading a lot these days. She has been reading a lot these days. Which one is correct? Is there any real difference between them?
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Use of past or present tense in references?

Helping a friend with a poorly translated English paper and wondered about this: the source has the writer make reference to documents prepared the 1990s (agreements prepared but never signed by ...
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What is the best word for this sentence? [closed]

I want to use the following sentence in my paper. However, I'm not sure if the usage is correct or not: The results indicated that the infiltration of xanthan into sandy soils increased ...
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Can you please explain differences in following phrases: [duplicate]

Can you please explain differences in following phrases: I am thinking I thinking I think I have been thinking
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What time suits you?

I am new on this forum, English is my second language so every now and then I come across some very confusing rules. Here is my first question: What time suits you? Why do we use "s" with suit? ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination [closed]

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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Simple present exercise - Rohan and Sania - Is the subject considered plural?

I'm doing a simple present tense exercise, but I've come across a problem. Rohan and Sania_______(like) to play card games. Being native speaker I know that 'like' sounds (and probably is) correct. ...
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Using Past-tense or Present-tense for verbs

I found a perfect example on the internet about what I am trying to ask. Take a look at this: "Mr. Dilger wants to see you." Mr. Bruce went on to say. "It's about the same thing. I thought I'd ...
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Referring to results in past or present tense [closed]

When I am reporting the status of some results, should I use past tense? For example, would it be correct to say, when the test result was announced in the past, "Your test result was failed. I am ...
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What is his name again? vs. What was his name again?

Which sentence from the title sounds more natural when asking for clarification about something which has already been discussed? Is one tense preferable overall? Take the following examples: ...
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asked + lived/lives

I asked where he lives/lived. I'm confused between lives or lived. Some say only lived can be used while others say both lived and lives can be used.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Present tense

'Why does the fact that John has a girlfriend bothers me so much?' Is this grammatically correct? I mean the tenses. 'Does' and 'bothers' sound a little awkward to me.
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use of present simple vs present continuous

Which of these is correct ? "The day of my visit approaches" "The day of my visit is approaching" Thank you!
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When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”

I know that "Would you mind… ?" (the Present Conditional) is more polite than "Do you mind…?" (the Simple Present), and also, that they have to be completed this way: "Do you mind if I do sth?/Would ...
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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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Non-progressive eventive sentences in the present tense

When using a non-progressive eventive sentence in the present tense, it typically cannot describe a particular event: it often describes a habit or a generalization. E.g. if one says "John smokes a ...
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“You have” or “You've got” a message?

I know it's common to say "You've got a message" and I'm wondering whether it's also correct to say "You have a message"?
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Verbs not normally used in the present continuous

I found the information below in a grammar book: The following verbs are not normally used in the present continuous : like, love, hate, want, need, prefer, know, realize, suppose, mean, ...
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Use of Present simple tense (You stroll in…) [duplicate]

It's from the movie "The Mask" Situation: Someone has robbed the bank where Stanley Ipkiss works. Stanley's boss reprimands Stanley for being late: We have a crisis here, and you stroll in an hour ...
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What is the historic present tense?

I learned that the historical present may be used to create an effect of immediacy in narratives. I have a question about the historic present tense. Why don't we use the progressive tense instead of ...
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Present instead of future?

I keep noticing that native speakers often times use present tense when, to my mind, they should use future: If you go straight, you (will) see a building. I can (will be able to) give you $5 ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous for future actions

I know we can use both Present Simple and Present Continuous to describe future actions. But I don't know when to use the correct form. For example: We fly to Paris next week. We are flying to ...
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Tense usage with dead writers' work

My friend and I discussed some books and their authors the other day. And the question arose. Is it possible to say Do you like what he writes about? using Present Simple, although writer did that ...
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usage of HAS in tenses [duplicate]

"she RETURNED 2 days ago and she HAS KNOWN me for 2 yrs" Why in the 2nd sentences we have used "HAS" and not in 1st sentence?
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Present tense in Flashback story for something that is still true now?

I'm wondering whether I should use the present tense for a descriptive statement but in a past context. For example: (1) I went to the zoo and saw a giraffe last week. (2) Giraffe is a mammal with ...
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''When'' condition? When we've finished, we'll have

I had a question in an exam and I don't understand why I was wrong. 1) When we finish the painting we'll have a cup of tea. I PUT THIS ANSWER AND WAS WRONG 2) When we've finished the painting, ...
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using “if” - when to use present tense, and when to use past tense?

As a native speaker of English, these two sentences sound acceptable to me: A full refund can be claimed if the school fails to provide a textbook. A full refund could be claimed if the ...
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Simple Present in different meanings and usages [closed]

The authors of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language tell us that Simple Present has different meanings and usages. State present Eternal truths Q:"Earth is flat" was believed truth, how ...
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Passive Voice vs Present Perfect Passive Voice

Neither Jeremy nor his friends have been informed about the accident by the traffic police. Why is the present perfect passive voice (have been informed) used in the sentence? Is it correct to use ...
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Two verbs of present perfect

I just read an article on Newyork times and I found a sentence having 2 present perfect verbs : After more than a year of speculation, Mr. Draghi, the never-predictable head of the European ...
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“What time do you swim?” vs “What time do you go swimming?”

What's the difference? The English curriculum is really weird in Japan, which is why the country is ranked very low in ESL.
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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Two questions - present progressive

I know that saying "I just saw her" is correct, but people also say "I've just arrived", so saying "I've just seen her" is also correct? Maybe it's a UK/US difference ? If it's correct, then "Just" ...
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Ca you use Past Perfect in combination with Present Tense?

Can you use Past Perfect with Present Tense? Example 1: The whole house is on fire. Her only child is taken by the flames of fire. Before this doomed night, for many weeks, Maria had had the ...
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Mixing tenses in past tense fiction

In past tense works (novels, etc.) is there a place for some present tense verbs, such as "think" or "know" or "was." Example: I turned to leave, and he didn't try to stop me. I think I surprised ...
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What verb tense does the phrase “is been living” belong to? [closed]

I have seen the following phrase: We're been living here since April. And I'm confused what is the verb tense that is used here. I thought it might be Present Perfect Continuous, which is a ...
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Time given us or time given to us

I read this quote online: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" - J. R. R. Tolkien Is it just a relaxation of pronunciation of "the time that [god] has given us" ? ...
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“Every day” and present continuous vs simple present [duplicate]

Every day I'm eating vegetables. I eat vegetables every day. Can someone explain if there's a nuance in meaning of the two? If there's a better situation to use one than the other? (doesn't have to ...
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Present perfect or past perfect? [duplicate]

Since I have stopped working, I started to learn English at home. Since I had stopped working,I started learning English at home. Are both questions having the same meaning in this context?
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finish, is finished, have finished

Could you help me about this question? I am confused about how to use "finish" with "when". For example: When your class is finished, could you wait for me at the bank? When your class ...