A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time and/or completeness and continuance of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.

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“If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be…” What does this mean?

I'm translating a book, which involves logic and quoted the sentence from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: "If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ...
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present or future with “whichever … sooner”?

Recently I was writing a formal letter to governmental bodies for some request. And one of the sentences was this: I will leave the State by the time of expiration of my permission or my intended ...
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Which is correct? where does? where did? [migrated]

Which is more appropriate to say? Where does Yuji buy the guitar? or Where did Yuji buy the guitar?
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Which is the most appropriate verb tense and mood for this text?

Access or use of this system without authorization or in excess of authorization either express or implied may subject violators to criminal and civil action. On top of that we would probably ...
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past perfect tense and comma usage in Churchill's book

I'm reading a book called "My early life" by Winston Churchill. "I was working in the saloon of the Indiaman, and had reached an exciting point in my story." 1) why did he put comma before "and had ...
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have lived vs have been living [duplicate]

Present Prefect- "I have lived in this town for 12 years." Present Perfect Continuous- "I have been living in this town for 12 years." In the context that I have been living in this town for 12 ...
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Sweet song came/come from sad felling [closed]

which one of this is grammertically correct? Sweet song came from sad feelings. Sweet song come from sad feelings.
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“He has told me” vs. “he told me” [duplicate]

What are the differences between "he has told me" and "he told me"? I want to say "he has told me, he was love you".
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Did I know + loved or Did I know + love [on hold]

Which of the following sentence is correct and why? Please help. Not until he died, did I know how much I loved him. Not until he died, did I know how much I love him.
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How to ask “why would I have regretted it”?

If someone asked me if I regretted something, how can I express if even his/her assumption that I regretted something surprises me? In my mother tongue I would answer with a question like "why would I ...
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I am not quite sure how to use “will had”, “had” and “had been” [migrated]

I am not quite sure how to use "will had", "had" and "had been" to make sentences. All I know is... I will have eaten my breakfast by 2pm. I have finished my project already. I have ...
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What verb tense is “are having to”? [closed]

In the sentence: Sadly we are having to stop providing this service. What verb tense is used in are having to?
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“It had now been two weeks since he had left the house” [migrated]

It had now been two weeks since he had left the house. Is this use of since correct? Is the tense of the verb after it correct?
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Why “hadn’t gone” and not “didn’t go”?

I came across this sentence: We thought that Joe didn’t go to the museum with the rest of the class. It says it’s an incorrect construction and it should be: We thought that Joe hadn’t gone ...
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In writing and speaking, which one can I use? have took or taken [closed]

Which one is correct? I have took the class or I have taken the class? Would it be ok it I use I have took in spoken language?
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What tenses should be used after “in case of”?

What tense should be used after "in case" or "in case of"? For instance, is the following sentence correct? "Just imagine that in case of a dispute with her husband she leaves home."
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Is this the right use of “laid”? [duplicate]

The campfire crackled. Hunter laid in his sleeping bag and gazed up at the stars.
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Choice of tense to describe continuing status of an object

Hi I am so confused by the English tenses when I try to describe, for example a status change, something happened in the past, just at a point in time, but is still true until now. Please list those ...
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Correct tense for “I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies” [closed]

Whats the correct way of saying this? I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies I wish I've had more time so i could've baked some cookies
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Sorry I'm late, the car wouldn't start this morning!

This sentence is used in a Grammar book. I wonder why they used "wouldn't start"? Thanks so much!
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“We met when we were studying” vs. “when we had studied” [migrated]

Which one is correct? We met when we were studying in North Korea. We met when we had studied in North Korea. Could you give me a detailed explanation please?
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“I would give you all the help you needed” vs. “would need” vs. “need”

If you were ever in trouble, I would give you all the help you needed. Can you explain the tense choice for the bolded verb? How about "all the help you would need" or "all the help you need"?
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“Will have been seen” is it gramatically correct? [migrated]

I want to write a sentence which says that in the future current events at some point in time might start to be seen differently. It would be fun to know which events from the present will be seen ...
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Verb tense in short flashbacks

I am writing a short story (approx. 650 words) in the past tense, and one paragraph of this story (100-125 words) is written as a flashback. I originally planned to write the entire flashback ...
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What tense to use for research results/statistics

My question is similar to this one and this one. However, I think I need further elaboration to understand at what points I am supposed to use present tense, and where to use past tense. Now, my ...
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Difference between “What do you came for” and “What did you come for”?

I know what "What did you come for" is the Past Simple, but what is "What do you came for"? Verb "came" is a reference to the Past, but i've never seen construction like this. Is "What do you came ...
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Is this written in the active voice even though it's written in the past tense? How to tell? [duplicate]

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford was vandalised on Sunday after unknown marauders poured diesel liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable. The same pitch was ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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rewrite active voice to active voice, or passive to passive?

Is it possible to rewrite a sentence and retain the same 'voice'? We've been looking at active and passive voice in class, and how to rewrite from one to the other - but no one has mentioned Av to Av, ...
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Is the concept of “backshifted past tense” in reported speech applicable to other types of subordinate clauses?

BACKGROUND Cambridge Grammar of the English Language has this portion regarding backshift on page 154: Backsift not confined to indirect reported speech We introduced a concept of a ...
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I keep on finding exceptions of the rule that changes from present tense to past [closed]

I keep on finding exceptions that doesn't fit into the rule that a grammar book suggests. One of them is about changing regular verbs to past simple. It says, if the verb ends in a vowel + a ...
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proper usage of didn't had or didnt have [closed]

Its a simple ask as it doesn't appear to be wrong while using it in emails etc. I didn't had breakfast or i didnt have breakfast. Which one of above is better in grammatical manner.
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“Where have you been?” or “Where had you been?” [closed]

Which usage is correct? Where have you been? Where had you been? Can we ask Where had you been as a past tense? Can I answer I had been which happened in the past? Is the rhyme Pussy ...
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Questions on modals,tenses [on hold]

I'm not sure whether I used the right tenses? They say that he might not have done all he could to keep her safe There are many things he could have done over the years to keep her safe,but he ...
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Present tense and conditional tense in a stated past tense

I have a question about using past and conditional tenses in a context that refers to something told in the past. I think I’ve seen both forms used in films/books, etc., but I'm not sure about it ...
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Present perfect vs. present question

I have been reading Tonio Korger by Thomas Mann, translated by David Luke. Here is a sentence about which I have a question: He worked in silence, in invisible privacy, for he utterly despised ...
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Is Chrome's “this webpage is not found” correct?

Chrome's webpage not found page (I'm running 39.0.2171.13 beta), says "this wepage is not found": This seems wrong to me. I would say, "this webpage could not be found". "Is not found" seems to ...
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Verb after 'never' is in what tense?

Does it need to be in base form, present tense , past tense , past participle or continual tense ? EXAMPLE: She never (*forget/ forgets/ forgot / forgotten/ forgetting ) to do her homework.
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learning tenses

I was wondering if I am correct about in the following sentences as I am learning about tenses. If I buy 5,000 boxes of tea,what discount will you offer us? is this present simple for if i buy ...
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Purpose of Subjunctive Past [duplicate]

What is exactly a subjunctive past? When do we use it? Could anyone please give some examples of the occasions we use the Subjunctive Past?
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were vs. are usage

Which of this is appropriate? When you were born, we were so happy because you are a boy. Or When you were born, we were so happy because you were a boy. I stumbled upon this on Facebook. ...
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What is the purpose of past future tense?

When I learn english, I noticed that all the tenses can be obtained by turning on and off a certain boolean flag. Okay, I am a programmer. So it's easier for me to understand it that way. Though I ...
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'if we were to go with them' vs 'if we were to have gone with them'

What is the difference between the two tenses? 1. If we were to go with them. 2. If we were to have gone with them.
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“Had been planning” or “were planning” What is the difference? [duplicate]

We_________(had been planning /were planning) to felicitate John at our annual cultural fest when the news of his death______(had arrived /arrived). Can someone tell me which one to use and ...
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Past perfect example confusion

My text definition of past perfect tense tells me that it is used to refer to an action that is completed at some point in the past and before the commencement of another past action. I came across ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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An abrupt change of tense in a dialogue

Here is the script of a dialogue between the presenter Lucy Worsley and Alexandra Loske, from the University of Sussex, talking about Princess Charlotte's laboring Lucy: He's talking here about a ...
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Use of sit with have not [closed]

I know that third form of sit is sat and "have" uses third form with it,but still I have seen articles documented with "have not sit" inplace of "have not sat",which of the two is correct.Am I missing ...
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Shifting verb tenses when reporting past events

In the following sentence, is it appropriate to shift the tense? (The tense which is shifted is in italics); They were lucky enough to have escaped the clutches of the Giant. However, they had ...
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Correct usage of the word “do” in this context

I have the following sentence: "In other words, Rule 5 has a balancing test and the limiting factors, which restrict admissibility the same way that 6(a) & 6(b) do." In this case, what should be ...