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Is there any difference at all between these three sentences?

I figured you wouldn't come if I had told you. I figured you wouldn't have come if I told you. I figured you wouldn't have come if I had told you.
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How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...
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Please help me understand when to use -ing on a verb

There are two questions I'm struggling with. (1) That I have little interest in art is not the fault of my parents, taking me to art exhibits and galleries from the time I was ten years old. ...
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Past perfect vs. simple past

What verb tense must I use in the following sentences? I'm describing my work experience in casual speech. I had been working at Apple for five years. [I imply that I worked there in the past] ...
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'Have had,' auxiliary & main verb

I am still a little confused as to what tense I am using when I say She has had a lot of bad luck lately Am I using the past simple with the present perfect and had as an auxiliary verb? ...
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Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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Is it correct to use past simple in the following sentence?

This is the first time that I watched this film Can I use another forms here?
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Can't get right meaning of the sentence [closed]

I have an exercise as follows. I must .......... . my car have repaired my car be repaired have my car repaired repaired Can't get correct meaning of the sentence. Can somebody help me?
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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53 views

“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
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“ It was a pleasure knowing”, “It was a pleasure to have known”, or “It was a pleasure to know”?

I am in the process of ordering a headstone for my dad and I wish to have the words It was a pleasure to have known (as opposed to the more traditional "in loving remembrance", "in memory of", ...
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2answers
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have gone to or have been to?

I saw the following sentence by a contributor at alt.usage.english. I am puzzled by his usage of 'have gone to'. Why didn't he say 'have been to'? I always think 'have been to' is about experience, ...
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209 views

Is “did you thought” a valid expression? [closed]

I saw a picture earlier that had a line that said "Did you thought, that was me?" and wondered, "Isn't it supposed to be 'Did you think [...]'?". However, after using Google, I found this phrase ...
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Is there any difference in verb tense after the phrase “Isn't it about time you”

Isn't it about time you left the hospital? vs Isn't it about time you leave the hospital? or Isn't it about time you forgave yourself? vs Isn't it about time you forgive yourself?
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Should it be… 'The day you become Mrs' or 'The day you became Mrs'? [closed]

I am looking to get something engraved and wondered if it should read 'the day you become Mrs' or 'the day you became'. Many thanks for your help in advance!
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1answer
100 views

Was + past participle [duplicate]

Is such phrase is correct? A request was sent to somewhere. Something is telling me that sentence below is correct one. A request has been sent to somewhere.
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275 views

Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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1answer
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Is there a name for configurations such as “I will have had…”?

Consider these two examples, I will have had eaten by that time. I will have had been working there for five years. To me, the first sentence seems to express the proposition that, it is the ...
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1answer
104 views

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
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Why the word building is used insead of using built?

We used to say the word as building. Generally, we use the gerund form in the present continuous tense. Why are we using the word building when it is already built?
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1answer
128 views

Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Which of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today. He wants to do the work" or "I talked with him today. He wants to do the work." Which tense I need to use at the sentence? ...
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1answer
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Matching verb tenses when starting a sentence with “this”

The phrase in question is "This allows his arms to naturally accelerate through the bottom of his swing and unleashes a lot of power on the ball." My question is about the proper tense of the verb, ...
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0answers
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More on charting tenses [closed]

I saw an interesting post on here that shows tenses in a chart. I use an even more schematic chart to explain active tenses to foreign students. Given that you are all linguists I'd like to know ...
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1answer
288 views

Why not “skydove”?

In having a conversation with some friends, I noted that I decided at one point to forgo an option that I had at hand. Since I was speaking in the past, I had to put it in the correct tense. I knew ...
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0answers
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Who knows which tenses of English are not used or used merely? [duplicate]

Who knows which tenses of English are not used or used merely? I wonder which ones you do not use often. As far as I know these are the tenses that you often do not use. am I right? Will have been ...
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“All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”

In the sentence, "All I had, and all I have now, were clues", should the verb be "were" or "are", or should the sentence be rephrased so that I don't have to choose between matching the verb to the ...
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1answer
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Why “What if I told you…” and not “What if I tell you…”?

Exactly in which category of grammar does this type of sentence fall? What if I told you … Why don't we use tell instead of told, as it sounds this event has happened in past. Can anyone explain ...
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switching narrative tenses

"When the brothers were reunited, Hans explained how it was that he was still alive. After having been wounded towards the end of the war, he had been sent to hospital and was separated from his unit. ...
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1answer
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Archaic conjugation of common verbs?

I'm looking for an online resource to list conjugation of some of most common English verbs (to be, to get, to do, to have etc.) in their archaic (Early Modern) forms. In particular, I'd be interested ...
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english language - present perfect [duplicate]

is 'have got' the present perfect form of 'get' for example is I have got a coffee the present perfect form of I get a coffee
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280 views

Checking the grammar of the following sentence [duplicate]

I need to check the grammaticality of the following sentence: If I __ a doctor, I would serve the poor. (a) am (b) had been (c) were (d) was I am confused with were and had been since there is ...
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What tense uses a modal with “be” and a past tense verb

I am trying to determine the tense of a certain verb group. This group uses a modal/auxiliary with "be" and the past tense of the action verb. Examples: He may be finished. She must be ...
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1answer
178 views

has/have got OR has/have been

"The match has got delayed" - Can we use "got" rather than "been" in this sentence? Thanks
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Past plans for the future

I am struggling to decide the correct tense / verb usage where one wishes to express some past plan for the then future: We agreed that, when xyz happens, we would do abc. We agreed that, ...
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2answers
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South Park grammar perplexity 2

This is another strange example from South Park I am posting : "How about you come up with the reason why we don’t break your arms?". Why is the present used in the second part of the sentence? How is ...
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1answer
120 views

Which verb tense is used in OR compound objects?

For example: We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in. Which tense of 'be' would be used here?
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Using 'will' vs. 'would' in this sentence

I'd like to know which one of the following is correct: I would like to have a job which I will like and which will earn me a lot of money. I would like to have a job which I would like and ...
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1answer
615 views

Proper to add tense to acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? asked about pluralising acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, but is there a standard way to add verb endings e.g. -ing and -ed (what are these ...
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1answer
123 views

Talking about late husband

I heard a lady talk about her late husband today and was curious about her verb tense usage. She said, "He was a loving father. He always took the kids out on weekends. He would stop whatever he ...
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Reporting an event right after it takes place

When reporting an action that's just taken place, would it be okay to use simple present and present perfect? She wishes to buy some clothes, so I've placed an order for her. I feel like I ...
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Choosing verb tenses

Can somebody please help me understand the whole timeline thing when it comes to choosing verb tenses? Today, I asked a friend if he wanted anything because I was going to Starbucks for lunch. He ...
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1answer
256 views

What are the functions of each part of the principal parts?

I'm having trouble understanding each participle. I also can't find an explanation that I understand. I would like to know from you the function of each part of the principal parts: Present Present ...
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What tense is “have been are”?

Here are some examples: Meanings have been are still in constant flux. (Source) I'm afraid to say that in the past the police have been are too keen to caution people. (Source) That's ...
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1answer
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'Has found' versus 'found' [duplicate]

When would one say "she has found her keys" as opposed to "she found her keys"? Are they equivalent, or at least partially equivalent? I'm not a native speaker and have been unable to find a pattern ...
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“Decided to do X the next time she went for a walk” vs. “…the next time she goes for a walk”

I came across this sentence in the book Grammar Essentials for Dummies which confused me. The lion with a thorn in her paw decided to wear sneakers the next time she went for a walk in the jungle. ...
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1answer
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Generalised rule for verb usage in simple present tense using participle

I'm doing a school exercise where I have to give an explanation of the underlined (or in this case bold) verb usage in given sentences, following this format: I was waiting. past continuous ...
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10answers
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How many tenses are there in English?

Do we have 16 tenses in English? With future present past future in the past in these forms simple continuous perfect perfect continuous Can we manipulate these together to create English ...
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3answers
255 views

Scripts ran/run/running/?

What is the correct verb construct in the following sentence? Scripts ____ under cron have an empty environment. Cron is a program that runs scripts at scheduled points in time (e.g. every ...
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1answer
523 views

Under what circumstances can the word “be” be used directly without any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? 2 examples first: 1.It is announced that the accounting class of the 3rd and 4th hours on the morning of this Wednesday be ...
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“while at the same time” + -ing form?

In following sentence, I'm not sure if I have to use the -ing form or the infinitive. I wanted to get rid of X, while at the same time not assuming/ assume that... The -ing form sounds better, ...