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

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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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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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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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Past Continuous signal word from.. to [on hold]

please clarify me on the usage of Past Continuous tense. Some grammar books (written by non English authors) suggest using signal word from.. to.. with Past Continuous. e.g. We were plaing tennis from ...
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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 this,...
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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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Uses of Present Perfect [migrated]

I have a book that says "we use present perfect for something that happened in the past without a specific time and still continue until now". Then what should I use if it happened in the past with a ...
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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 “What is your major?” mean “What do you study?”

Please notice this example situation: A: What are you studying in college? B: I'm studying Computer-Engineering. I think we can also say: A: What is your major? B: My major is Computer-...
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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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“The train will leave” vs. “is going to leave” vs. “leaves” vs. “is leaving”

From the grammatical point of view all are correct, just the meaning are different, please bring your clarification, thank you. The Train will leave at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The Train is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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What tense is “If I were a bird, I could fly”

The sentence is not referring to any time past, present of future. It's just referring to an imaginary condition which has never existed and seemingly will never exist. Still, the sentence and other ...
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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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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 ...
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past/present tense when telling a story in spoken English

I've noticed that, in daily conversations, when people are telling stories in the past, they often shift the tense back and forth between the past and the present - even they're native speakers. For ...
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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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Present Simple or Present Continuous [closed]

I have to write an email to inform other people about some error that occurred. I want to write: It is returning "value 1" instead of "value 2" when I select something which is causing the error. ...
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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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I hope you live / I hope you will live

What is a correct way to say it: I hope you live for many years. or I hope you will live for many years? I am really confused by it since I've seen quotes of famous writers that said live but an ...
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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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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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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 ...