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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Simple vs Continuous in the Past Tense and in the Future Tense

Even though I understand the difference between the simple and the continuous aspect of the English tense system, I sometimes struggle to understand what each of these two aspects expresses in some ...
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As sent to or as send to

In the sentence: The invoices, as sent to the customers by mail. When the invoices have already been sent. I suppose it would be sent. But when the sentence refers to the process of the sending ...
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A sentence with double negative

I came across the following sentence in Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five. "Trout would have gone upstairs if Billy hadn't asked him not to." If this sentence is considered independently, ...
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Why “Sleep well” after sleep?

I heard protagonists say "Sleep well?" after sleep in a movie and got curious; why is it "Sleep well", not "Slept well"? Shouldn't it be "Slept well"? Since they are not about to sleep, but already ...
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I will give you the money after my parents [give it/have given] it to me? [closed]

I will be giving something to someone after I get it from elsewhere. I will give you the money after my parents give it to me. I will give you the money after my parents have given it to ...
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what is wrong with “He related to the bears.”? [closed]

what is wrong with "He related to the bears." ?
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“Was wondering” + present tense (tense concordance?)

I need a native speaker's opinion here Do these sentences sound natural to you? 1- I was wondering what she thinks of me. 2- I was wondering how he is doing. 3- I was wondering if you agree ...
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“Already”, “yet” or something else?

My students have been working for making questions about newspaper articles, and I am checking their questions now. My question is about the usage of "already". The following sentences are from BBC, ...
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What's with the passive present perfect progressive?

I was taught that we made passive voice using be + the participle of the main verb, without changing the verb tense. E.g., I send letters. (present simple) Letters are sent. (present simple ...
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Is there a name for these verbs?

This is from a half-remembered class about -ing forms. Consider: Category A I'm knowing that. I'm needing it. I'm wanting this. I'm hating you. as against Category B ...
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Tense selection to describe previously-developed software [closed]

I am in the process of writing documentation for a software project. I would like to understand what would be the best tense to use for the description of the code/tools that had been (?) developed by ...
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Which one would sound better : “are used” or “being used”

This question is similar to this one but I'm trying to decide the tense to use in here : I often use "is being" and "are being" in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically? ...
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Correct form of the question in past tense [duplicate]

I have two sentences: Do other requests returned no results? Did other requests return no results? The first question is: Is both of the mentioned sentences are grammatically correct? I mean, ...
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Should I use the past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

I am struggling to choose the correct tense for this question: What were the names of the sons of Mahatma Gandhi? OR What are the names of the sons of Mahatma Ghandi? His sons have passed away so ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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What tense should I use to describe something that could be true, and is true? [closed]

haha, that is what I was going to say, then I figure someone would have already thought that line. Dang! context: I am surveying Quora home feed and saw an interesting comment. The above sentence ...
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I wonder whether the past tense is interchanged with the present tense [duplicate]

The reason I stopped smoking was that all my friends had already stopped smoking. The reason I stopped smoking is that all my friends had already stopped smoking. - I wonder if the verb "was" is ...
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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining” [closed]

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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A date “is”,“was”, or “will be” a Monday?

March 1st, 1999 is a Monday March 1st, 1999 was a Monday March 1st, 2099 is a Sunday March 1st, 2099 will be a Sunday Is there a preferred version? Do they have different meaning?
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Is this construction of the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Today I see ways how several aspects of filmmaking industry can be improved so that myriads of struggling filmmakers won’t be left overboard and can find their niche in this very complex business.
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Correct Verb Tense

I am writing a software description in which I am explaining the actions the end user can take with regard to his/her assumed previous actions. Is it grammatically correct to use present perfect for ...
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which tense is right to use? [closed]

In my test work I had such a question: Children who (to come) to the cinema tomorrow [pick a form of the verb "to come" to make a correct phrase] Which tense is right to use, the Future Simple ...
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which word is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which one is correct? After throwing their back in to the back of their car they……. more than a mile. A.drove B.Had driven C.Had been driven
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“went past” or “went passed”? [duplicate]

How about when there is this question: The cars went past it? or The cars went passed it?
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Use of Present simple tense (You stroll in…) [duplicate]

It's from the movie "The Mask" Situation: Someone has robbed the bank where Stanley Ipkiss works. Stanley's boss reprimands Stanley for being late: We have a crisis here, and you stroll in an hour ...
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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset? [closed]

It is normal to analyze a dataset in a paper. I am not sure when to use present/past tense to describe how you analyze the data and what your results are. Here I use a short example text to illustrate ...
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What is the historic present tense?

I learned that the historical present may be used to create an effect of immediacy in narratives. I have a question about the historic present tense. Why don't we use the progressive tense instead of ...
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When to use present continuous for describing near future instead of using will or going to

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states "USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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Sequence of tenses when some temporary action is still true

I got confused with the rule of the sequence of tenses. I found that when the action in the subordinate clause is a habitual action or general truth, we can use the present tense in the clause even if ...
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Tense usage with dead writers' work

My friend and I discussed some books and their authors the other day. And the question arose. Is it possible to say Do you like what he writes about? using Present Simple, although writer did that ...
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“so close to doing” vs “about to do” [duplicate]

In the phrase "I was about to do", the verb "do" is used in the infinitive. In the phrase "I was so close to doing", the verb "do" is used in the present participle. Why the difference?
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Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time?

Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time? For example A person who lived during 1790 could truthfully claim that Washington ...
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What would you do if I told you+subordinate clause

there are a couple of sentences that I have been having trouble with lately. I'll start with an example: I'd be lying if I said I have never considered moving.(referring to the present) That's how ...
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Is 'walked' the correct tense in this paragraph? [closed]

The next folder she opened contained something that neither of them had expected: five photos of Emily’s brother. They had been taken while James walked through a glass door.
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How to use the verb 'burst' [duplicate]

If a balloon bursts, then how should I tell about it to another person right after this event occurred? the balloon has burst the balloon had burst the balloon has been burst the balloon had been ...
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Simple or perfect form of gerund [closed]

I just wondering if the meaning of the following sentences are equivalent? I know the difference between past and perfect tenses. So I'm just trying to ask if I can use first sentence instead of the ...
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Children will be children vs Children are children

Children will be children. They always have been noisy. Why use future tense in the first sentence and present prefect tense in the second sentence? If it's same meaning to "Children are children. ...
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What tense should I use when writing about an autobiography? [closed]

I'm writing an essay comparing the views of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. In parts of it I explain quotes from the story. (The quotes are in 1st person past-tense.) Should I use the ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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Future Progressive tense [duplicate]

I'm quite good at English,but not adept in it. Over a period of time I've gotten a good grip over it and I could ponder a lot about grammar in detail. I've doubt regarding the following Qs. and need ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [closed]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [closed]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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“if he doesn't” versus “if he won't” [closed]

Steve will be really disappointed if he _______ get a ticket. 1) doesn't 2) won't which one is correct? in my opinion, both answers are fine. :( but I know I'm wrong Q_q
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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 ...
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Grammar and dead relatives

When referring to a relationship with a blood relative who has died, would you say, for instance, “John is Sue’s father,” or “John was Sue’s father”? If he has passed, does he cease being her father, ...
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Correct way to describe and handle be'ed in English:

I want to reward you -> You should be rewarded. I want to be nice to you -> You should be be'd nice to. What's the fancy linguistic way to describe this gap in English, and what's the right way to ...
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Does “X was sick the past two weeks” mean X is still sick?

How would I say I was sick for two weeks before now (because now I am not sick anymore)? Would it be like this: I was sick the past two weeks. I ask this because from what I have found ‘the ...
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Tense Usage in Scientific Paper for analysis

I'm curious what tense is typically used in a scientific paper for analysis of one's own work/scientific observations. Specifically, I'm wondering what is commonly used in a situation such as this: ...
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Why is this sentence ungrammatical? [closed]

"If they would have been painted this afternoon, the walls would be completely dry by tomorrow evening." The quoted sentence is ungrammatical. I believe it has something to do with tense, but I do ...