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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What tense do you use to refer to an adult's childhood as a child prodigy?

I'm currently writing a biography of a fictional character. Should I write "X is a child prodigy" or "X was a child prodigy" if X is currently an adult? My gut tells me to go with a past tense since X ...
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kindly help me rating my english grammar and style in this cv cover letter cause i am not native [closed]

    I am pleased writing you for applying a position in your financial affairs department as a financial accountant,   For the past 4 years I have worked as an accountant, where I have developed ...
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had not vs did not - past perfect [closed]

I recently watched a YouTube tutorial which talks about right usage of past perfect tense. For negative sentences in past perfect, a simple rule to frame sentences is - Subject + hadn't + main verb ...
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Which tense should a time traveller use? [closed]

In the book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams attempts to lay out the basics of which tense to use when describing time travel: In it guests take (willan on-take) their ...
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“will be …” vs. “are presented in section …” (tenses in scientific writing)

I'm writing my bachelor thesis in English in a German language environment so I was unable to get help from my supervisor on language related questions (neither of the languages is my first language). ...
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Which is correct - “is started” or “has been started” [closed]

Please let me know which one is correct: Some machine is started. Some machine has been started. Additional information: I am reviewing message for software product. There when a user clicks ...
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ARE verses IS proper usage

The Lions are playing the Redskins and Buffalo is playing Cleveland tonight. For those who may not know, the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are American ...
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Using “literary present” with past perfect

It's standard for scholars in the humanities to write about the contents of a book in the present tense, but write about the factual details of the book or author in the past tense. My question has to ...
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Present perfect VS infinitive verb

I was wondering why the first sentence below (where the verb "have scored" is present perfect form) is wrong while the second sentence (where the verb "to score" is infinitive) is correct. He ...
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We have just received great email from the Google, which has brightened up our day.

Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I mean, first of all, should I use present perfect in this part of the sentence? I guess so because in the later part of my message I am talking about ...
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Words that are their own past tense

Does anyone know of a particular "rule" to know which words are their own past tense (such as "hurt"), and aren't modified for time? I'd like an easy rule to tell my students
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Using present continuous passive (is being) for describing repeating (undesirable) actions

I am trying to understand if it is possible to build sentences in such a way, I feel like I have seen somewhere using this tense in the same way I am trying to use it. Is it possible to use Present ...
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Why is the past tense used here instead of the present tense?

Why is the past tense used here instead of the present tense? It should make one focused. Why can you use this sentence? I thought word make can only be used with the present tense like this: ...
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Dumbledore's note for Harry or question about sequence of tenses [duplicate]

When I was re-watching the well-known movie about the boy who lived I noticed that the tenses in the note from Dumbledore (spoiler, sorry ><) don't really correspond, or do they? Here's what I ...
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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Can someone explain to me which sentence is grammatically correct…?

I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the acknowledgement receipts of two files that I had submitted. or I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the ...
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Talking about general truths but within a context that uses past tense

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware that the Earth is round. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware that the Earth was round. What is the ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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present perfect vs past perfect usage [duplicate]

In indirect speech present perfect tense is back shifted to past perfect tense. For example - John said, "I have written a letter." (Direct speech) John said that he had written a letter. (Indirect ...
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Past perfect tense vs present perfect tense usage

David got a message telling him that he has/had won the prize. Here which is to be used ? Has or had ?
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Past continuous reporting verb in indirect speech

In indirect speech if the reporting verb is in past tense, then the verb in subordinate clause will also be in past tense. Ex- He said that he was going to see movie. What tense will be used in ...
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Indicative Past vs Present with Write [duplicate]

Write tenses and formations I always get told off for saying I wrote an email and told I should say I have written an email. Why? When should you use these different tenses. Or point me towards a ...
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What is the difference between “could've” and “could of”? [duplicate]

I have seen people using could of instead of could have. Are both of them correct? Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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What is the difference between these sentences? [closed]

What is the difference between these sentences? I read that all of them can be used in the same situation. So which to choose? When I was young I used to live in a house. When I was young I lived in ...
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk with a ...
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Future indefinite tense

Is it possible to use "will" twice in a sentence? If not then when it is possible? It will rain tomorrow and we will enjoy. Is it correct? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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Is this phrase past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

The following phrase I ain't got no money Is it meant to be used for a past action (I didn't get no money) or is it used to mean (I don't get no money right now)? What confuses me is the usage ...
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Tense question: “invest and get” or “invested and got”?

Later in the game, after you invest sufficient skill points into combat skills and get better fighting gear, combat becomes easier. or Later in the game, after you invested sufficient skill ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Can you switch verb tenses when telling a story, set in the recent past, and describing a living person?

Which of the following, if either, is correct? Each line is the beginning of a new paragraph, but still in the same time (i.e., not swapping between past and present). This morning I left class ...
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What tense to use in a when/if clause?

“I’m afraid I’ll have to take it away when you’ve finished” Is this good English? Shouldn't we use simple present tense in "when" clause when the main sentence is simple future tense? Is “I’m afraid ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Describing completed action [closed]

So, I was having a fight with an English grammar expert with my little knowledge on the following sentence : Products are already being checked. My opponent was telling me that my sentence was ...
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“Should be done by” or “should have been done by”? [duplicate]

Which of these should I use? My test result should be done by last Wednesday. or My test result should have been done by last Wednesday. What is the difference in meaning?
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What tense is “I see that …” [closed]

For example, in "I see that you have a new car." the "I see" seems to imply something like "I am seeing now" or "I noticed", rather than the usual present simple tense connotation of a habit or ...
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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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Correct Tenses in a Messy Sentence

In need of an opinion on the tenses in a rather convoluted sentence: Tomas then said that Jacobs had sent an update to Director Stevens, in which he stated that if Stevens finds the H5 solution ...
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Question on hypotheticals

In the following sentence: We need to approach the two experts and convince them to help. Their contribution will be huge and will advance this field in the company." Regarding the latter half, ...
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Grammar: Did Jim ask you whether you are a virgin? VS Did Jim ask you whether you were a virgin? [duplicate]

How do I form a question based on the following details: At 1pm on Sunday Jim: Are you a virgin? Jane: Yes nothing happened from 1pm to 9pm At 9pm on Sunday: Did Jim ask you whether you were a ...
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Is “What did you just say” grammaticaly correct?

Should I say: What did you just say? or What have you just said? I find the first one more common. The English grammar textbooks I've read emphasized that "just" refers to the present ...
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Difference in meaning: past perfect and simple past

She lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. or She had lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. Being a non-native speaker, sometimes i get confused.
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Past perfect and perfect continuous: a difference in meaning? [closed]

The pavement was wet, it had been raining. The pavement was wet, it had rained. What's the difference?
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Sequence of Verb Tense when it comes to if condition

Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence? If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her. ...
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Correct usage of past tenses [closed]

When are these sentences most correct and why? It was a pretty village and all the houses were restored. It was a pretty village and all the houses had been restored. It was a pretty ...
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Is “text” an acceptable past tense? [closed]

Please clarify the correct tense of the word text. Every time I hear somebody say "I text my friend," or "I checked my texts' " it makes me cringe. I understand and use the correct tense, but if I ...
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Tense of a zero conditional when the main clause is in present perfect

I'm not sure about the terminology so I'll just give examples. Present simple: In 19th century, if you wanted to go to Japan, you had to sail. Past simple: Today, if you want to go to ...
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Did I use Past tenses correctly in this sentence? [closed]

Is the sentence A: I used to play guitar, but now that I have bought a harmonica, I mostly play harmonica. more correct than sentence B: I have played guitar earlier, but now that I have ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination [closed]

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...