Questions about the Simple Past tense.

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A question about present perfect tense and simple past tense with if clause

I've been thinking of an enquiry, turning in my head, and as I couldn't get a satisfactory answer,or rather, people around me did not answer it confidently, I suspect the answers given by them. So I ...
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doubt about past simple and present perfect in an action passed but without time words

I don't know if this site is for native language or no. I hope you can help me. I have a doubt about past simple and present perfect. Which of the follow options is correct? They had made the ...
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Does simple past always indicate an event that happened at a 'specific time' in the past?

From what I understand, the verb tense 'simple past' is used for an event that happened at a specific time in the past. The sentence 'Sam played tennis yesterday.' is simple past because it happened ...
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For … since : simple past, present perfect and present perfect continuous [migrated]

In which cases we use the expressions with " for and since" in simple past, present perfect and present perfect continuous? ex: for I've been waiting for two hours. We haven't seen each other for a ...
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Past Simple VS Past Continues

They came, four by four, down the vast hall between double rows of columns. The drum beat dully. No voice spoke, no eye watched. Torches carried by black-clad girls burned reddish in the shafts of ...
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Why not present perfect in “Nobody told me”

There is a song by John Lennon called "Nobody Told Me". It goes like this: Nobody told me there'd be days like these / Strange days indeed As ESL learners we are told that in the presence of a ...
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“was reconstructed by…” / "has been reconstructed by… (simple past vs. present perfect)

I'm editing a book in which the following formulation appears frequently in the notes: "This article has been reconstructed by [...]. The sources for this reconstruction are [...]. The text has been ...
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I'm confused. Present perfect or simple past? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "I never lied to you." & "I've never lied to you."? It would be of great help if you provided me with examples, as well. Thank you. :)
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Past Perfect with the word “within”

My question is about the use of the Past Perfect Simple in the following excerpt: Back in 1995, when Bezos was shipping books from his garage, Pierre Omidyar, a software programmer, started coding a ...
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Which tense do I use when describing the past in a story that's written in simple present?

As mentioned above, the story is written in simple present. The character, however, has an internal monologue about the past. Do I use simple past or past perfect?
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I want that my teammates run faster. Did I write the underlined part of sentence below right [closed]

I want that my teammates run faster. Did I write the underlined part of sentence below right? "I screamed for my teammates to they run quicker"
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What are the differences between “When did she move in?” & “When has she moved in?” [duplicate]

I am a bit confused! I am not sure whether the native English speakers choose to use "When did she move in?" or "When has she moved in?". If we use simple past tense, we imply that the specific time ...
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Are past perfect and simple past interchangeable when describing events that happen for some time in the past?

I'm using an exercise from the Purdue Owl to understand tense usage. The exercise, which uses an excerpt from Alex Haley's Roots, can be found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/2/22/51 ...
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Past Simple with “this week” [closed]

Is there a mistake in the sentence "He didn't do his homework this week"? I mean is it possible to use Past Simple
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“you checked” or “you have checked”

/** * @returns {string} The type of the variable that you checked/have checked. */ function check($var) { } Should I use checked or have checked in the above comment? Why? Note: I don’t know why ...
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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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I didn't phone Peter this morning / I haven't phoned Peter this morning [duplicate]

Example: I'm calling Peter at work at 9:00 this morning. He isn't answering, and the only way for me to call him is at work. At 10:00 in the morning, I finish my work, as usual. I leave my business ...
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Why past perfect and not simple past was used in this case? [duplicate]

I'm watching "World War 2" show and narrator said: This was fertile ground for a new breed of rabble rousing right wing politicians. Among them Adolf Hitler. Hitler HAD BEEN born in Austria. He HAD ...
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Past Simple or Present Perfect with “Never”? [duplicate]

I have this example in my practice book where I need to use the Past Simple or Present Perfect: My grandfather died before I was born. I have never met him. The right answer is "I never met him"....
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Can the choice between Present Perfect vs Past Simple be influenced by external events?

What is meant by 'an external event'? For example, death. Let there be two celebrities, one who is still alive (Leonardo DiCaprio), and one who is dead (Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the "...
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“I burned the toast” vs. “I've burned the toast”

I have a question about a sentence I read in the comic strip Garfield. Garfield's owner, Jon, brings him a burnt piece of toast saying, I burned the toast. Well, once there's no time ...
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Usage of ‘had’ in past tense (Past perfect vs. Simple past) [duplicate]

Which of following is correct? If both are correct, then in which context can the second one be used? I met with an accident. I had met with an accident. Further, I learnt that in past ...
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Simple past of the verb subset

What is the simple past of the verb "subset?" The simple past of "set" is "set." But, I see it written as "subsetted," as in: "Each row in the matrix specifies the location of one value, where each ...
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“ Did you were at home ? ” or “Were you at home ?” [closed]

I don't know when I should use "Did you were..." and when I should use "Were you...". For example, Why do we say: "Were you at home last night?" but not "Did you were at home last night?"
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Present perfect or past simple another situation

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of the author's books; Gregor gave me the first book of the series. I know it ...
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Present perfect or past simple why

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of his books, Gregor gave me the first book. I know it sounds wrong if you say: ...
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“hadn't thought” vs. “didn't think”

Which is correct? It was late and I was trying to do your package quickly and hadn't thought that I could put everything together. or It was late and I was trying to do your package quickly ...
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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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How often do people use “would” when they are talking about past events?

I've recently learned from a grammar book that in English we can use "would" to describe repeated actions in the past. Actually, I try reading a lot books in English, listening to songs, aticles from ...
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Past Simple vs Past Perfect 79

The company would demand a payment since she (missed)/(had missed) the last. 'had missed' is correct here because it happened during some time in the past before scecific event(deadline of period ...
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Should I use Past Simple or Past Perfect in this sentence? [duplicate]

He (broke)/(had broken) his leg in March and had been in hospital for about five weeks. I think it should be (had broken) because it happened before he went to hospital. Is it correct?
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“I thought we talked…” vs. “I thought we had talked…” [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker and I find English quite difficult and confusing and one of the reasons is because of its tenses—which I find challenging and rewarding once everything becomes clear—...
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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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“I am sorry. I didn't greet you” or “I am sorry. I haven't greeted you?”

By Googling I found that usually simple past tense is used after "I am sorry" and this also sounds better to me. But is it possible to use present perfect for it, in particular for British speakers? ...
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I've just bought vs. I just bought vs. I bought [duplicate]

I bought an English grammar book 3 weeks ago. Is it correct to use any of the following sentences interchangeably to tell my friend that I bought the book, or is there a difference in meaning between ...
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“papers that (have been / were) published”: which is better? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? 1) During my career I have worked on papers that have been published. 2) During my career I have worked on papers that were published.
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Past simple Vs Present Perfect (obviously)

I have read this text about a man who has spent a terrible holiday (in the island of Thassos) due to the disorganisation of the travel company. In fact the text consists in the complaint letter that ...
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Was removed vs has been removed [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker and would like to know the difference between these two: 1. Profile was removed 2. Profile has been removed Yes I know it is Past Simple vs Present Perfetc. For me, the ...
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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What is the difference between “broke” and “was broken”?

What is the difference between "broke" and "be broken" in the following? The pot broke as I kicked it. The pot was broken as I kicked it.
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Present perfect or past simple - “the best movie I (saw/'ve seen) this year”

I know the rule is to use past simple when you specify the time when the described action happened, but I strangely dislike this sentence and I'm not sure if the rule applies: "It's the best movie I ...
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The usage of “if” in sentences that deal with what is possible to happen in the future [closed]

I recently came up with a problem to form sentences with a particular structure. I thought that I already knew how to form such sentences subconsciously, but by listening to native speakers ...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect together

An original line from Stratfor's Decade Forecast: 2015-2025, published in February: The world has been restructuring itself since 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia and the subprime financial ...
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Past perfect and simple perfect difference

This is an excerpt from a newspaper. In September 2014 the Delhi high court had restrained the institute from using words like...... Why are we using "had" here.. Can we use past indefinite?
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Why is the present perfect used for a past action? [duplicate]

I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately about tenses. But please bear with me here. NASA scientists have decided to delay the space shuttle's launch in order to determine whether ...
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Past Perfect Confusion

In a book these two forms are acceptable: Before a complete version of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women appeared in 1880, the book had been published in two separate volumes. AND ...
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Past Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and ...
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Is it normal to use the present perfect to confirm a statement in the simple past?

Is it normal to use the present perfect to confirm a statement in the simple past ? Q : I visited Paris last year. A : Oh, you have visited Paris ? Q : She travelled through Eastern ...
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Where have you been for your last vacation?

I'm about to work at an English Hagwon in Korea. Hagwon is the Korean term for a private language school so unique to this nation only. I received this textbook and on its first page there are some ...
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The ambulance is on its way. There's been an accident?

Why hasn't the simple past been used rather than the present perfect in this sentence ''The ambulance is on its way to Beck's house. There's been an accident'' Why not: ''there was an accident'' It ...