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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Which one of these is correct?

1 It would make him to being / to be a good person. Which one ,and why?Do both? 2 There is an idiom , 'turn on head'.Eg- turn the game on its head. It will turn the placement on its head. But 'It ...
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What tense should I use in the following case?

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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Are these grammatically correct sentences-also tensewise?

1 Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. It should be 'who has committed'? 2 Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran ...
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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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Use of Tense after “if it” [on hold]

if it rains i will take an umbrella (Talking about future) if it had rained i would have taken an umbrella (talking of rain if happened in past) Do you find any error in these sentences
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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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Use of tense in “By this time”

By this time tomorrow he will have reached London (correct says my book) But i want to say my brother is coming home tomorrow at the same time today is.... By this time tomorrow he will have come ...
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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”?

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. — ...
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Which tense must be used when talking about the subject of a movie

I'm confused by which tense to use with those statment: This movie is talking about .. This movie talks about .. From my prospective I think the correct one is the second, because the movie ...
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Meant vs would mean [on hold]

I am writing a story, but I got stuck on this sentence: No one dared to volunteer, as that meant risking one's life. Does this sound correct/natural? Or should I change this sentence to: No one dared ...
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Past tense of “to steel oneself”? [closed]

What is the correct way to render the past tense form of “to steel oneself”? My mind keeps suggesting “stole” but I know that is incorrect.
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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If i were/was a rich man [duplicate]

I am confused in the following questions: If i were/was a rich man. I was rich. If i were a rich man sounds correct to me but were is used after plural Please answer this question.
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The date was advanced / The date has been advanced

What would be the difference between "The date of the meeting has been advanced by one week" versus "The date of the meeting was advanced by one week" The latter I've found in a dictionary. The ...
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had vs. had had [duplicate]

What are the different meanings of the following sentences? I had had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner yesterday. I had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner ...
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“had” use in past perfect tense [duplicate]

I called her, but she had already left for the day. I was taught that past perfect tense is used to describe an action before another action in the past. However, look at the following setntece: ...
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They have been vs. they will have been

What are the different meaning int the following sentences? They have been dating for a year now. They will have been dating for a year now.
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I sent … vs. I have sent … vs. I had sent you an email already [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? If all of them are correct, what are their different meanings? I sent you an email already. I have sent you an email already. I had sent you an email ...
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Did I have to / Do I have to? [closed]

What is the difference between Did I have to...(do something) and Do I have to...(do something) I think "Did I have to..." use when I refer something in the past but I not sure is it correct. ...
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Confused by the grammar(tense usage) in New Concept English 3 Lesson 17

Recently I was confused by the tense usage of a text from New Concept English, the text says: Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it ...
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How do I show the past tense? [migrated]

She had to knew that I was there there for her help She had to know that I was there for her help She has to knew that I was there there for her help Please explain in details which ...
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Was vs had been

This is the scenario. I have been in the US for three years. This means that I am still currently in the U.S.A. If I stayed in Fiji for two years and then I went back to my home country, how do I ...
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Using the present tense in recounting past events

There's a particular colloquial usage of the present tense in recounting past events that has a shade of meaning that I've been unable to put my finger on. As an example, instead of: And then Bob ...
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Using past tense when talking about future possibility

There is a dialogue between a customer and a sales assitant in a shop that rents bycicles. The customer is basically told that there will be a steep fine if the rented bycicle is returned late, to ...
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Present perfect simple or present perfect continuous with “often”

"Have you visited him often?" "For the last six months I've driven up to B. quite often." "For the last six months I've been driving up to B. quite often." The rule I have is that the ...
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“before I get it” or “before I got it”

I wrote the following sentence and my native proofreader corrected 'before I get it' to 'before I got it': I would like to know why this package was sent back to the sender at the transit center ...
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List of English word subjunctives

I'm working on a word cloud application and thought it would be useful to group different forms of the same word together. For example, "rides", "ride", "riding", and "rode" would all be grouped as ...
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Have you washed it” vs “Did you wash it”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between these two questions? Speaker A: Your car looks very clean. Have you washed it? Did you wash it?
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Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent

In this clip, Lex Luthor says, "Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent." Could he have said instead, "Bruce Wayne is meeting Clark Kent." in the same context? What's the reason for going with the present ...
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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this sentence is wrong? Attitude should be professional looks need not to be If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way? May I know why it ...
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Why is the present perfect used here?

I can't quite understand why is the Present Perfect used in the sentence below. Britain has not always been an island I know that the Present Perfect denotes an action that began before the ...
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What tense is it when a commentator says “this is always happening” for a future move?

You hear it often when someone is commentating on a turn based strategy game like chess. For example it's white to play and black has the good move RxB which cannot be avoided. The commentator will ...
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You better vs. You have better

Which one is correct? You better visit your family. You have better visit your family. You had better visit your family.
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What are the differences between the following sentences

When the statement is written... When the statement has written... Is the first sentence using "written" as an adjective? Is the second sentence using the perfect-present tense? Do the two ...
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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Should I use present tense or past tense?

Should I use present tense (spans) or past tense (spanned) in the following example? "Dr X's service in providing data to the community {spans | spanned} across mission X (2003), mission Y ...
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Is it the right way to use present continuous when talking about the future? [duplicate]

Some websites say Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future. Examples: I am meeting some friends after work. I am not ...
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Adverb “already”

I have got a question about the adverb "already". Where should we put it in the sentence? Is "already" put after a subject and auxiliary verb but before predicate verb in the sentence? May we also put ...
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Future-In-The-Past Form of 'Should [subject]…, or should [subject]…?'-Type Sentences?

     Consider a present-tense sentence in which a story's narrator expresses a situation in which the character in focus is considering which of two alternative choices he or ...
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Sentence construction for a past incident [closed]

Is the below sentence correct? "The receiver of my wireless mouse was still plugged into my laptop when i lost it(laptop)?"
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Which is the correct tense to use for this phrase is/was presented with the award?

If I am writing the sentence: John is/was presented with an award yesterday. Which tense should I use? is or was? How about this? "Please ensure step 1 is completed before proceeding to step 2" ...
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become or becomes

Is this correct? My first instinct says it should be becomes/became or had become but I am not sure, thanks. "... for what is and what is not art become blurred with the postmodern and modernist ...