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

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Can't or Couldn't?? [on hold]

i want to ask what's the difference between these sentences. Because Can't is present tense and happened is past tense. Could anyone explain it to me thank you! She Can't believe what happened to ...
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Using more than one tense in one sentence

i want to ask how to use more than one tense in one sentence. And if so, which of these are correct? I have to take a picture of the cake before it is gone. I had to take a picture of the cake ...
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difference between: [closed]

Which is the difference between I have been waiting for the bus for 15 minutes. I have waited for the bus for 15 minutes. I waited for the bus for 15 minutes.
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Simple or perfect [on hold]

Recently I wrote this sentence: I am sending you the edited mail as I typed the wrong data before. At first I was happy with it, but since then I ve been doubting the use of past simple in the second ...
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past simple or past perfect [closed]

Recently I wrote this sentence: I am sending you this mail again as I typed the wrong data before. At first I was happy with it, but since then I ve been doubting the use of past simple.. Isn't past ...
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English UK “My previous work experiences to date haven’t enabled me use any specialist knowledge” [closed]

My previous work experiences to date haven’t enabled me use any specialist knowledge. In the above sentence, my tutor highlighted the word "haven't" and commented "sense". What should I replace this ...
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Is this use case of the Present Continuous correct?

I lit upon a blog entry with the title "Are you eating buckwheat?". Are You Eating Buckwheat? Buckwheat may be one of the healthiest foods you're not eating. Along with having numerous health ...
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Negative sentence with do [migrated]

The positive sentence is: I do my homework at 6 pm. However, is this negative version correct? I don't do my homework at 6 pm. I'm confused about the double use of do.
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at Red Lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at Red Lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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Why describe the word information by using present perfect

I've always seen term information was described as "data that has been processed". Why don't we describe it as "data that is processed"? From what I understand, we're describing definition of term and ...
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What is a gift called that is given to you to possess and keep but can be taken back at any time?

I have this gift that was given to me as a present for my birthday, but was informed that is not mine permanently but to keep until my friend wants it back. What is that kind of gift called?
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Is it may or might?

I know that the past tense of may is might so, basically, if the truth of the situation is known, you use "might have." For example: If I were to go to the store but didn't, I would say: I might ...
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Why aren't these sentences correct?

​Hello everyone! I have a very easy question. Why aren't these sentences correct? -I haven't received an answer (on my mobile phone) for more than a week. -This offence is called XxXxXx and occurs ...
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Ending verb when talking about BOTH [closed]

In the sentence Both options compile and run without problems. what is the correct version of verb: compile or compiles (run or runs) ? On one hand we're talking about two subjects, thus plural ...
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Picture/ Cartoon Description - Describing somebody's clothing - “to wear” in present simple or continuous form?

If I need to describe somebody's clothing in a picture/photograph/cartoon description, would I need to use the verb "to wear" in the present simple or in the present continuous? Is "to wear" more of ...
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Since + present perfect

"Since the company downsixed, it's harder to get good internal customer service from Human Resources and Finance." Shouldn't it be "Since the company downsized, it has been harder to get..."? I ...
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Present Perfect usage in a sentence; continue with the same tense or move to Past Simple?

I've been rewriting a known quote: Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. I used the Present Perfect and turned the quote into: Curiosity has killed the cat, but ...
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Descriptions of frequency versus present tense

Is there ever a difference between descriptions of frequency and the present tense? For example, is there a difference between "I speak English." (referring to frequent speaking of English) and "I ...
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Conditionals in the past [closed]

If I have a conditional sentence of type 1, let`s say, "If it works out he will be awarded" how will it sound in the past, as if reported? Is it correct to say: "[Everybody thought that] if it worked ...
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It is conducted since 1996 as a republican festival biennially in one of the villages

Can we say (especially in AmE) "is conducted", not "has been conducted"? Thank you!
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“Where have I parked my car” or “where did I park my car” [duplicate]

I'm sometimes confused about the difference between present perfect and simple past sentences such as the ones in the title. In what kind of situation do you guys say "Where have I parked my car" or "...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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If I use 'would', can 'steps' follow?

A dissertation talks bout the usefulness of the approach it takes: "[a] study of this kind would be all the more useful if it steps beyond the polemics of grammar." If I use 'would', can 'steps' ...
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What tense is it when a commentator says “this is always happening” for a future move?

You hear it often when someone is commentating on a turn based strategy game like chess. For example it's white to play and black has the good move RxB which cannot be avoided. The commentator will ...
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Present Perfect Tense - Determine usage case

Present Perfect has two usage case: Case A: Say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. Case B: To show that something started in the past and has continued up until now. How ...
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Simple past or Past perfect or Present perfect?

The researcher finds a lot of articles about the famous cop having tampered with the evidence related to the arrests that he made. or The researcher finds a lot of articles about the famous cop ...
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Can you use would in a present sentence?

I know how you use "would" or "could" in a polite way like "I would love that" or "Could you please...." And I wanted to know if you could use it in a present sentence, like: While the other ...
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Does/did in the following sentence?

So the context is A: I play the piano every night before I go to bed. B: I thought I was the only one who does that/did that?? Because person B thought before that she was the only one who did it, ...
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Help for literature school work [duplicate]

One word to describe someone who is secretive or shy, possibly doesn't like to be around people and old?? I have been asked to describe this lady in one word but this is what I have come up with just ...
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Past Simple/Present Perfect. Result or fact? [duplicate]

The Oxford English Dictionary chose/has chosen the neologism 'omnishambles' as its Word Of The Year for 2012. It's a result. It was chosen. And is true now. In my opinion it's better with Present ...
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Gets older or Got older? [closed]

Is "I love her more when she got older." correct or "I love her more when she gets older."
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The usage of “was always”

Good evening everyone! Recentle I've been wondering if it's okey to use always with past simple. Here's a sentence I made up as an example: Baking cakes was always a hard task for me. Is it ...
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“Have you known” or “Did you know”? [duplicate]

Which tense should I use if for instance I'm talking about a curiosity and I want to ask if the person knew it?
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Passive and past tense

I have to write an abstract which present my research and results. Do you think the following sentences are right in terms of tense and using of passive together? 1."It has been observed that the ...
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When is “loved” a past participle and when is it simple past?

Some one asked this question: He is loved. This is something that I've always kind of wondered. In a sentence like this, is loved a verb or an adjective? Can it be considered either? The simple ...
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Gets vs. Getting

I am looking at the following two sentences: "I suppose it is made up of some sort of tissue that is getting harder as the animal is getting older." "I suppose it is made up of some sort of tissue ...
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difference between: I used to smoke. vs I use to smoke [closed]

I am comfused between I used to smoke. and I use to smoke. What is the meaning of both the sentences? Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Actually simple present is also ...
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Present simple with future meaning

Recently I watched the first Kung Fu Panda movie and there was a sentence with Present Simple: Thai Lung does not leave that prison. I have read several answers to related questions here, and I ...
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What is the name for the grammatical figure, where the present tense is substituted for a past event?

I am preparing a book for publication which contains the following passage: Stromberg in Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England (1954) noted that 'the critical moment in the ...
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Hiding the aux. verb and subject at the beginning of a question [duplicate]

I was watching 10 Things I Hate About You today, and at some point the protagonist's father starts up the following dialogue: Hello Katerine. Make anyone cry today? Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30. ...
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Can I use “could” and “would” in the present tense? [closed]

Is it correct to say: She speaks so fast that I couldn't understand her.
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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 [duplicate]

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.