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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Tenses and modals. Must have been vs. had to be

I have a question regarding modals: must have/had to. When an author of a book, that's written in past tense, chooses to use modal "must" he has to use its past tense form: The car crashed. The ...
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Using more than one tense in one sentence

i want to ask how to use more than one tense in one sentence. And if so, which of these are correct? I have to take a picture of the cake before it is gone. I had to take a picture of the cake ...
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past perfect or past simple passive?

The following is a text from a test. The test was on tenses, namely the past perfect. Some of the students wrote an answer that I first marked wrong but now am no longer certain. Here's the text: ...
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Should it be “Who drank all the soda?” or “Who's drunk all the soda?”

This was the fill in the blank question in my English book: Who _______ all the soda? Not me. I haven't had any soda at all since last week. So my question is: should it be "drank" or "has drunk"...
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difference between: [closed]

Which is the difference between I have been waiting for the bus for 15 minutes. I have waited for the bus for 15 minutes. I waited for the bus for 15 minutes.
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“If that were to happen” or “was to happen”? [duplicate]

When are "if that were to happen" and "if that was to happen" used?
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What is the verb tense for this sentence?

These butterflies find the same forests to spend the winter in that their predecessors had found generations ago. The sentence is correct, but I need to understand the verb tense. Specifically, ...
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Could Present Perfect Continuous form a grammatical tautology in some sentences?

I have joined a grammar MOOC starting with an introduction to English tenses. One of the practice questions left me confused. The question is as follows: Do these two sentences have similar ...
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I thought it would have happened.- Is it a correct sentence? [migrated]

"I thought it would have happened" If it is a correct sentence, what kind of sentence it is? Is it Future Perfect sentence said in the past? Please explain what does it means clearly as I am ...
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Perfect tense clarification

I was looking for some sort of clarification on the following two sentences: There have been many authors who have written comedies. There have been many authors who had written comedies. ...
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Trying to understand the sentence: “doesn't” vs “will not” [closed]

While doing an exercise, I came across the following sentence: If a Carl doesn't come to the party, I'll be really upset. Shouldn't be it like this? If a Carl will not come to the party, I'...
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reported speech (advise) [closed]

I wonder if one should use past tense after "advise"? I found these two examples, and it seems to me that they are not following the same rule. Why is that? Reuters UK-Jul 5, 2016 Lawyers have ...
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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 have four children - Simple Present Tense or Something else?

I'm studying english and have been reading about Tenses. It is my understanding that Perfect tense sentences use HAVE, HAD or WILL HAVE as auxiliary verbs. Some examples of different tenses have ...
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“I'd the house to myself” Is this incorrect? [duplicate]

"I'd the house to myself." Since "I'd" can be a contraction of I had, would it work in this case for "I had the house to myself?"
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Past tense and the phrase “who knows what”

The phrase "who knows what" and other variations of it refer to unknown things, for a lack of a better descriptor. When writing a story in the past tense, would this phrase change? His pocket ...
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Which is correct here? Came vs Come

This seems like a simple question but I'm stuck. I'm writing about Millennials and want to reference their background. Which is correct (and why)? Below is the sentence and (because it may be ...
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“In addition to ensure”?

If a corporation's stock is publicly traded, the financial statements must be audited by a CPA firm in addition to adhere to rules by SEC. The idea is that adhere to is going back to join financial ...
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third conditional with past simple? [closed]

In the third conditional it is correct to say "I would have attended if I had known he was giving a lecture." (past progressive) Why can't I say "I would have attended if I had know he gave a ...
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not only.. but also

Why is this sentence incorrect: "Not only this transformation changes the preference of respondents, but it also converts the scale" and I was asked to write: "Not only does this transformation ...
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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Validity of the phrase “I had wrote to her” [closed]

I recently got corrected on another community on this platform. I wrote: "An email I had wrote to her", and it was courteously changed to "I had written to her" which still makes sense, however, I ...
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at Red Lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at Red Lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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“five years since I have been playing tennis” [closed]

Can anyone tell me whether this sentence is grammatically correct or not? It's been 5 years since I have been playing tennis now. Whats wrong in this sentence?
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“Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”? [migrated]

The question is in the title. Which one is correct? And if they're both correct, how do they differ? Especially when you're teaching a concept and say: The first thing that "occurs to me" is... ...
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Tense usage in relation to date of birth of deceased individuals [duplicate]

Let's say Bob passed away. Would we say, "Bob's birthdate was xxx" or "Bob's birthdate is xxx"? Birthdates don't change, which makes me inclined to use 'is', but sounds a little weird if the person is ...
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Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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Past tense means politeness? [closed]

Questions asked using past tense, some examples like: "Would you mind...?", "Could you please...?", "Should I do...?", "Did you want...?" It seems people are using past tense in these sort of ...
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tense agreement [closed]

Raphael ranks among the greatest artists of all time. Yet they say he once sold what has since become a masterpiece for a bit of food. One evening the great painter saw a mother singing to her ...
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If you were listening…, you might wonder

This is part of Obama's commencement speech: Which brings me to my third point: Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. (Applause.) These are qualities ...
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Tense for something that occurs after something else in the past [closed]

I was wondering what the proper tense would be to describe a later action in a sentence that is written in a past tense. For instance: He listened as his parents told him what would be expected of ...
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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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What does this sentence mean in flannery o' connor's short story? [closed]

I was reading 'A good man is hard to find' and I could not understand this: It isn't a soul in this green world of God's that you can trust", She said. "And I don't count nobody out of that, not ...
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Does “I have been waiting for you” mean that “I am still waiting”?

Assume that I was waiting for someone for several hours and finally, he/she arrived to the meeting late. I wonder whether I say "I have been waiting for you", it means that I am still "waiting" or not....
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Use of the phrase: “currently has been”

When I want to say a program at this moment has been continuously used for year. Is it okay to say: The program currently has been used for over a year.' And if not, what is the best, concise ...
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could past perfect tense and present perfect tense coexist in a compound sentence. Please do not mark as duplicate if you have not read the question [duplicate]

Mike ( had broken | broke ) his mother's vase last night but he has not told her yet. Question: Some argue it must use "broke" instead of "had broken" because "last night" could not be used with past ...
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Using “had” vs “have” in conjunction with “previous”

This is a rather pedantic question and the only reason I ask is because something sounds wrong to me. Say someone is giving instructions to a person to write down a name they used to go by but no ...
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Use of have become over is becoming [closed]

Can anyone please explain this to me that why are we using "have become" and not "is becoming" in the following sentence:- These days transport have become cheaper than ever before
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Why isn't the progressive a “tense”? [duplicate]

Why aren't the 'progressive' verbal constructions (such as 'I am talking') regarded as tenses in traditional grammar? "There is no consensus, not even among linguists, about what constitutes a tense."...
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The practical differences between tenses

The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and usage, p.81, says: "The simple tenses (generally) refer to actions that take place at a single moment in time…The three perfect tenses, on the other ...
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What tense should I use in the following case? [closed]

I'm describing something in the past tense. However, that something repeats over and over again. What is more correct? A ball destroyed a vase. It was an infinite loop. The ball bounced up. It hit ...
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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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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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Can you use “get” in a past tense sentence

I had a voice over where I was asked to record the following line in a script: "Our small initiative turned into a sizeable movement with the support of influencers, who helped spread the word and ...
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which tense should be used in the following statement?

Please call me when you are going to lunch. or Please call me when u go to lunch.
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The Use of Past Perfect in the exercise [closed]

In one of my English books there is an exercise to practise the past perfect simple and continuous. And I don't really get the reson why it is said 'I HAD HAD breakfast', but not 'By the time I HAD ...
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Can we mix tenses in the same paragraph? [duplicate]

From an Indian thriller TV show called Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Ajinkya manages to find his mother but is shocked to know she had never transformed. He managed to kill Vikrant but that wouldn’t be the ...
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Can you tell me what tense is: “if + simple past, would + infinitive”? [closed]

She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today. It is easy to understand , if he had not been greedy he would have been alive today. But, what does the above mean?
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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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Do tenses in conditional sentences conflict with the verb tenses in a sentence?

OK, we all know that “The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past.” Source Example 1. Mary had studied English before she moved to New York. — ...