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What is the right form for writing this sentence?

I was writing a letter of application for a university; I wanted to start my letter writing: "I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part" and then I got confused, I am not sure ...
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“I had no sooner returned than I turned on” vs. “I have no sooner returned than I turn on”

Context: As a teacher who loves writing, I am interested in posting messages on the twitter. Which of the following options is correct? Please explain the reasoning. I am so interested in ...
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2answers
122 views

about present tense and past tense

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? I really don't know what she would like to have for a birthday present, so I bought a purse. I really didn't know what she would ...
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1answer
201 views

I was wondering which tense should be used in the following sentences

Suppose it is now 12 o’clock at noon and I want to tell my mother I will have three meetings: one in the afternoon, one three days later, and one in several months. If I spoke at 9 in the morning, ...
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4answers
115 views

“Has preserved” or “has been preserved”

Which is correct? Roman temples have not preserved in their original condition Roman temples have not been preserved in their original condition
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185 views

Is it grammatically correct to change tense in a sentence? [duplicate]

When writing a sentence, can I change from past-tense to present-tense in the middle of it? For example, Joey realized that the ball is green. or Joey realized that the ball was green. I ...
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1answer
274 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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1answer
167 views

Is it possible to use 'last … ' or any past simple adverbs with the past perfect?

To illustrate what I mean, I give the following example: I had drifted off to sleep last night.
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3answers
639 views

In spite of several reminders, he **DID** not so far send any reply to my letters

In spite of several reminders, he did not so far send any reply to my letters. The above sentence is incorrect whereas the correct version is: In spite of several reminders, he has not so ...
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1answer
2k views

“Have been born” vs. “are born” vs. “were born”

We are native to this country. We have been born here to serve it. Is the use of "have been" acceptable here? I think the simple past were is more appropriate. Also, what about: We are ...
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3answers
506 views

Is the “is being employed” bit in this sentence grammatical?

Mr. Peter is being employed at our company as "Marketing Supervisor" as of 01.01.2010 till date with a monthly salary of 0000.0000
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893 views

Present tense in a question with verb in past tense [closed]

I have got following two questions. I wanted to ask am I correct in thinking that we can’t test token system? I wanted to ask was I correct in thinking that we couldn't test token system? I ...
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3answers
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“I ever met” vs. “I have ever met”

In the following context, is it okay to say "I ever met" or is it "I have ever met"? Three years later you remain the coolest person I met.
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Which is better: “was dead” / “died” / “has passed away” in my case? [duplicate]

I came across a question in Chinese@SE, which is about a status update of someone's cat. I asked the OP in the comment whether the cat was dead at that time: I assume his cat was dead, can you ...
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2answers
74 views

Is the tense in the sentence correct?

The sentence is I bought a bottle of milk on Friday night, and I found that it had gone sour the following morning. I think the past perfect tense is weird with "the following morning." Am I ...
3
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2answers
236 views

Wording an 'If-Then' Statement Tense

I need help phrasing the last part of this conditional sentence (assume I can't change the first conditional statement): If I died tomorrow, I would have wanted to go skydiving. or If I ...
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1answer
191 views

“I been” or “I’ve been”? [closed]

In the famous song Every Breath You Take by The Police, Sting sings: Since you've gone I been lost without a trace… I admit that I am not some expert in English Grammar, but this "I been" ...
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2answers
480 views

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
222 views

Tense agreement in reported speech

Jack didn't tell me that he __ my chocolate. eats ate had eaten has eaten I have a hard time figuring out which one to choose and why.
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2answers
89 views

“Until you apologised” vs. “until you have apologised” vs. “until you apologise”

What is the most correct way of saying to someone that I won't speak to him before he has apologised. I won't speak to you until you have apologised for what you have done. I won't speak to ...
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2answers
236 views

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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3answers
372 views

Answering past simple question with past continuous

For example, — What did you do yesterday? — I was working. I presume this is not grammatically correct; however, I often reply in this way (I'm English). Also vice versa: "What were you doing ...
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4answers
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I often use “is being” and “are being” in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically?

For example "lasers are being used to treat different skin conditions". It is a passive form without a subject. Please guide.
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Is “have been being investigated” in the following sentence grammatically correct?

I need to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not. Specifically, I am unsure about have been being investigated part. Do the times that I am using match each other? ...
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2answers
253 views

Is the usage of “will” proper in “Usually on Saturday, I will go to the store”?

Is the following usage of "will" grammatical? Usually on Saturday, I will go to the store.
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1answer
131 views

“He was so desperate that he would have given anything” vs. “that he did give anything”

A: I heard he promised to buy her anything she wants. B: Right. He was so desperate that he would have given anything to win her over. In sentence B, instead of "would have given," is "did ...
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1answer
217 views

American native speaker and perfect tenses

Yesterday I sent my friend a useful gift in online game. Today I can see he has not accepted it yet. Which sentence is grammatically correct and most natural in American English? "You didn't ...
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4answers
265 views

Is “On January 17th our team had represented” correct English?

My team recently posted a status update, On January 17th, our team had represented [organization name] at [place]. Though I am unable to explain why (I have never formally learned tenses), I am ...
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3answers
226 views

Tense choice in “the strategy was exploited so frequently before, that it has long lost its originality”

I am not sure if the Past Simple and Present Perfect tenses in the second part of the sentence are used correctly: Surely, we can experiment with various styles, combine genres and produce ...
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2answers
387 views

Oddness of sentence containing “since”

The considerable debt of gratitude I have incurred to Mr X since I have known him, has continued to grow during this last period. Is the use of since in the above sentence grammatically correct? ...
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2answers
183 views

“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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4answers
150 views

“Would” in a reported statement

I am teaching some students changing original quotes into reported speech. Well, one of my students asked how the following quote can be changed into reported speech: I would like to swim. From ...
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1answer
964 views

“Had spent” vs. “has spent” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: where should we use has/have been and had been? [Company] had spent previous years a few blocks away from the new location. This sentence uses "had spent", but to ...
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2answers
608 views

“Had been engaged when they married” vs. “were married” vs. “had married”

Which of the sentences below are grammatically correct? The couple had been engaged for five years when they married. The couple had been engaged for five years when they were married. The ...
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3answers
78 views

“U.S. stocks were modestly higher at the opening bell Wednesday” vs. “… are higher …”

Here's a news heading from CNN: U.S. stocks were modestly higher at the opening bell Wednesday as political wrangling over the fiscal cliff continues to dominate the market. The author used ...
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2answers
896 views

“He was telling me that he is going…” vs. “He told me that he is going…”

Is it right to say He was telling me that he will go on a vacation next week. while recounting your experience? Even though "he told me that he is going..." seems more appropriate, I would still ...
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730 views

Correct use of tense

Can you please confirm which of the following three is correct? I shared some ideas with Jon, which he agrees is a good solution for the problem we are facing. I shared some ideas with Jon, ...
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1answer
839 views

“I was wondering what time it is” or “I was wondering what the time has been”

Can you tell me which option is more natural in this English sentence? I'm sorry to trouble you but I was wondering what (A) time it is (B) the time has been The whole story is that ...
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2answers
769 views

“The author wrote” vs. “the author writes”

What is the rule for the following examples? In the passage, the author writes. . . . In the passage, the author wrote. . . . I’m trying to explain to my son that both are correct, but I can’t ...
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6answers
786 views

Usage of past participle in “He said he thought it having had seen my medical record” [closed]

I'm trying to work out if this sentence is correct, especially the usage of "having had seen". He said he thought it having had seen my medical record.
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2answers
247 views

“It will turn into water” vs “it turns into water” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scientific article style: present or future Which sentence is correct between these two: If you heat ice, it will turn into water. If you heat ice, it turns into ...
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1answer
716 views

Is the usage 'was to have done' correct

... Washington intervened Tuesday and “advised” NAM participants as well as Ban to turn Tehran down on its nuclear tour, which was to have included the suspected nuclear-related explosives ...
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1answer
393 views

Past or present perfect tense for event happened last night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? Since watching TV is a completed action which happened last night, which one is correct? Last ...
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2answers
171 views

Using verb continuous for living abroad for a period of time [closed]

Suppose that a friend of mine is Thai and he usually lives in Thailand. Now he is in Australia and he is going to live in Australia for only a few years. Should I say “A friend of mine is living in ...
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1answer
319 views

Tagged question and perfect tense

I've just passed one of numerous English grammar online tests. And I agree with all the mistakes I've made except this one: You ______ put it back before the boss comes ...
2
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2answers
612 views

What is the correct usage of 'formerly' as time adverb?

PLEASE NOTE: JDK6 [is|was] formerly known as Project Mustang In the previous sentence what is correct 'is' or 'was'? and why? While reading a bug report I found this sentence with 'is' and now I'm ...
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1answer
5k views

Which is correct: “has died” or “died”?

To me, using Present Perfect form means the event can occur again. So, saying someone has died may not be grammatically correct. Also, I noticed (it might be just co-incidence): passed ...
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3answers
281 views

Present Perfect in reviews

When explaining an experiment from a paper which one of the following seems more suitable and natural. In this paper they study the genetic structure of human body. They have examined over 100 ...
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2answers
1k views

I will (have the package sent) vs (have sent the package) by next week

I'm aware that: I will have the package sent by next week is correct. But what about: I will have sent the package by next week Is it completely wrong to say it or is there some ...
2
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4answers
481 views

Which tense to use with “whole last year”?

I would like to say that I worked whole year for my company on one specific project but I am not sure about the tense and word order. I still work for them and had worked before. My idea is: The ...