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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Tense agreement in a sentence

The following sentence contains a past simple and present perfect tense - took and have created. Can someone please help me explain why this is the case as I thought the tenses have to be similar in a ...
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Validity of the phrase “I had wrote to her”

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”

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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Why verbs are singular for past and future tense? [migrated]

I am curious why there is no plural for past/future tense. i.e present tense - He hurts himself while cutting the fruits. past tense - He hurt himself while cutting the fruits. future tense - He ...
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I do need help for a certain phrase! [closed]

I am really concerned about this matter. Are these sentences both right and why? "He told me I should have gone." VS "He told me I should go." If you help me, I'll be really greatful.
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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 [on hold]

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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Uses of Present Perfect [migrated]

I have a book that says "we use present perfect for something that happened in the past without a specific time and still continue until now". Then what should I use if it happened in the past with a ...
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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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Which one of these is correct? [migrated]

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? [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. — ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 [duplicate]

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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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 ...