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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

1
vote
2answers
58 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
447 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
245 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
87 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
60 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
115 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
68 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
111 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
36 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
34 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
76 views

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" ...
0
votes
0answers
120 views

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 ...