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

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Future Simple and Present Simple [on hold]

Are these sentence below correct? Thanks in andvance. 1. We go to cinema when they come. 2. We go to cinema, when they will come. (Can we say: When they will come, we go to cinema)
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Can I use “could” and “would” in the present tense? [on hold]

Is it correct to say: She speaks so fast that I couldn't understand her.
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The difference between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous [migrated]

My question is: why do we not say : I've gardened all day, which would be correct if we have finished gardening but we say: I've been gardening all day? We seem to do the same with other action ...
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The Present Perfect. [duplicate]

I can't see any difference between those two sentences in terms of the use of the Present Perfect : I've just cooked dinner I've just sent you the letter Would you be so nice to explain it to me? ...
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What is the difference, if any, between these two sentences? [closed]

What is the difference, if any, between the following two sentences? (1) The sun sets at 9 P.M. tomorrow. (2) The sun is setting at 9 P.M. tomorrow.
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

I do not know that this is a right place to ask such a question but I give it a try and if it doesn't so I will pack my bag and never gonna do this again in this place :D I came across this sentence ...
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Use of the word 'recently' with present simple [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? (It doesn't come naturally to me). "Are you happy or sad recently?"
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I hope you get better vs. I hope you will get better

I'm an English speaker, and someone asked me why we say: I hope you get better soon. rather than I hope you will get better soon. Technically, you can say both. But why is the first ("I ...
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“She has” vs. “she had” been trying to give up smoking for years

Which of the following sentences is correct: Cindy's very pleased with herself. She has finally given up smoking. She's (she has) been trying to give up for years. Cindy's very pleased with herself. ...
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Present tense for future scheduled program

I write course descriptions for an educational institution and am considering using the simple present. For e.g., "You learn how to" instead of "You will learn how to" and "We teach you what to do" ...
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Is present continuous necessary to describe a current ongoing process?

I realize that idiomatically the present continuous is used to describe a current ongoing process, but is the tense necessary? Could the present tense with a current adverb suffice? Is it grammatical ...
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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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Why don't you double the 'l' in the ing-form of ' to feel'?

One of the rules for forming the -ing form of verbs is that when the verb ends with an -l, you have to double the 'l'. But why don't you double the 'l' in 'feeling' then?
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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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Adjectives with “-ing” and “-ed” and Present Simple [closed]

I'm wondering if it's correct to use Adjectives ending with "ing" or "ed" in Present Simple. For example: She is stunning. He is boring. The Earth is amazing. I am always depressed. Is it Present ...
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In the present tense, can I use “ought to have” where “have” means “to possess”?

I'm not a native English speaker. All the examples of "ought to have" in my grammar book are in the past tense. But can I use it in the present tense to say that someone probably has something? ...
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Using 'Present Perfect' with 'in the past'

This came across when I was browsing an Australia gaming website, this is the whole sentence: "In the past, Hideo Kojima has been a regular at the PlayStation Awards when his games have won." ...
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「get+verb(passive)」 vs 「verb」

I can't tell what the difference is between the following two sentences: I need to get that figured out. I need to figure that out. I heard the first sentence from my friend and he is a native ...
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present or subjunctive

In the sentence "the tradition wants that it be always the same person who handles the teapot" (where "be" is a subjunctive), I was wondering if "handles" should not be replaced by the subjunctive ...
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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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A strange use instance of Present Simple in a sentence

I'm reading an article in the NYT. And it has the next paragraph: I watched Abraham interview half a dozen deportees. What he said was true: They were like him. To a middle-­aged farmer who had ...
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Why is it “says” not “said”?

The job of a student leader is onerous, he says, and you can become overwhelmed by the responsibilities and workload. “So you must set up an action framework, and follow it through,” he advises. ...
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“Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about” — why the progressive tense?

Consider the two sentences: Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about. Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I talk about. I think the first one should be ...
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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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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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Simple Present. They build a house next to mine. Why is it wrong?

Why is it wrong to say they build a house next to mine? The explanation i got was nobody is building a house every year or every month next to yours. The correct answer was they are building a house ...
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“I'm always (being) asked silly questions!” Doesn't the continuous verb form sound a bit awkward compared to the simple one?

In order to emphasise the annoying aspect of a habit – be it someone else's or one's own – a continuous tense instead of a simple one is used: People are always asking me silly questions! ...
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Unclear use of present tense in specific sentence

As a non-native speaker I'm having a hard time understanding why the author uses the present tense of 'begin' in the following sentence: Sess was thinking about that as the rain started in and the ...
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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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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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Does using 2 Present Simple verbs create ambiguity in their ordering?

One of the Facebook configuration features has the following label: "If you don't want a Facebook account after you pass away, you can request to have your account permanently deleted." My friend ...
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Where is the difference in meaning here? [closed]

Difference in meaning between: I haven’t eaten anything all day. I have not been eating all day. thank you very much :)
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In present-tense narrative, does “I spend the NEXT few hours…” make sense?

I'm writing a novel in present-tense. If all the actions are in the present-tense, e.g. as the character is experiencing them, does the phrase, "I spend the next few hours pondering about it" make ...
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“Why don't they help him?” Why do we use simple present here?

THE SETTING You are walking in the street and you see an old man on the other side stumble and fall to the ground. He tries to get up but he can’t. Nobody is helping him. You say, to no-one in ...
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Simple Present, Simple Past or Past perfect progressive? [duplicate]

Suppose if there's a web site which was out of service yesterday. And it's still down today. Which sentence below should I tell the web master? The web site is down/(out of service) since yesterday. ...
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Present continuous vs Present perfect continuous [closed]

I am waiting for you for almost an hour I have been waiting for you for almost an hour What's the difference? Are both OK?
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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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She's always knowing something she's not supposed to

She's always knowing something she's not supposed to. Is this sentence correct? Why? Why not? Are we dealing with a so called "present progressive"?
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Use of the present continuous to refer to timetabled events

One of the things that is constantly confusing for English language learners, but comes with ease to native speakers, is when to use present continuous and when to use present simple. Because of ...
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Which one is correct? (Present Perfect Continuous vs Present Perfect)

My sister and her boyfriend have not been going out together for a long time. Or My sister and her boyfriend have not gone out together for a long time.
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Present Continuous or Present Simple?

Could you tell me if the sentence below is grammatically correct? We usually grow vegetables in our garden, but this year we are not growing any. I'm not completely sure that in the second part of ...
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I work on Friday vs I work on Fridays

I found a grammar book that states the following: (Grammar In Use Intermediate by Cambridge unit 18 pg.36 Present Tenses ) Which means that it is OK to use the simple present form to describe the ...
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Big Jet Plane. “She drive me crazy”

I'm only learning English, so I'm sorry for my mistakes. Here's words from song Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane. She drive me crazy. I thought, here should be "she drives me crazy". Pls, ...
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Disagreement between “He's making…” and “He makes…” [closed]

The sentence is: He {the verb to make} rude comments about my clothes every time I see him! I filled in: He makes rude comments about my clothes every time I see him! My teacher said it ...
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Is it acceptable to use both 'written' and 'wrote' in the same surprising sentence? [closed]

In that project I wrote the most complex code I had ever written in my life. Is this grammatically correct?
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What's the tense for remarking a thing happened in the past? [closed]

Shall I change That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar is really funny. to That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar was really funny. ?