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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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 present ...
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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 [closed]

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 (2008-...
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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 ...
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When do I have license to use the present tense in a *past* narration?

I am narrating a past series of events; of course, all the verbs are in the past tense. One verb, however, signifies an action that will be complete long after (years after) the moment of narration (...
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“Have you known” or “Did you know”? [duplicate]

Which tense should I use if for instance I'm talking about a curiosity and I want to ask if the person knew it?
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If someone with luck is lucky, someone with chutzpah is

What so you call someone with chutzpah? If someone who has strength is strong and someone who has luck is lucky, what is someone who has chutzpah? There's lots of almost-there synonyms, eg brave, ...
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using “future in the past” and “simple future”!

Please consider this scenario: On Nov 22 I say "I will see you on Nov 27" [no problem; we use simple future here] Q1. On Nov 23, ie one day later, should I say "I said I would see you ...
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Which tenses can grammatically be combined in a single sentence or paragraph that refers to various time periods?

I am aware that there are many different tenses in the English language, but which tenses can be used in the same sentence without detracting from its coherence? For example, in a situation like this: ...
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What tense is “Having had…”? [closed]

This statement is from many 12-step recovery programs (primarily Alcoholics Anonymous): "Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to ...
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What is the rule for two verb tenses in one sentence? [closed]

Example: I heard the bomb go off. Why is the first verb in the Past tense and the second in the Present tense?
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Proper word usage for borne and bears

I get confused about tenses so I'm going to post an example of what I'm working on. My question will follow. Example text: Surely, I’ve been gone long enough for someone to notice my absence. Perhaps,...
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Started to support or supporting? [duplicate]

I started to support or I started supporting? Was wondering which one is correct since I saw people using both ways pretty often and if there is any rule about the usage.
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Complete the given sentence [closed]

Fill in the gap in the sentence given below: See, its raining. It ______________________(will be/ becomes/ is going to be) flooding soon. I think the answer is will be. But I am not sure about it. ...
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Can Present Participle verbs be used in Past tense stories?

I'm writing a 3rd person story in the past tense. I'm asking the above question because I noticed Roald Dahl used present particles instead of past particles in The BFG. The BFG, with Sophie ...
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Correct use of Past perfect in this sentence

Is it correct to say as shown? "The thieves were running with the money they had stolen from the bank."
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emphasizing someone has definitely done something like “I did go there” [closed]

I suspect I might be wrong saying "We did were there", "I did was there". I presume there must be infinitive form of a verb after the verb "do" of a certain tense, i.e. "We did be there", "I did be ...
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Is this correct usage of the past perfect?

I noticed that her eyes had been dancing as she looked out at the scenery. It appeared in a state-sponsored high school leaving examination in Slovakia last week and it seems to have been adapted ...
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“How did it use/d to work?”; 'use' or 'used'?

In the above sentence I'm having trouble deciding between use & used. If I go to verbalise it the d is definitely dropped, but that could just be a locale thing and written it would still contain ...
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“Did you see XYZ movie” or “have you seen XYZ movie” [duplicate]

Eight years in the States and I still don't understand when it's good to use "I did" vs. "I have", especially when talking about movies. "Have you watched it?" "Did u watch?" Etc.
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Is saying “may have” incorrect?

I believe I've heard that might is the past tense of may. So you should say might have never may have.
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What is the name of the tense “that she take”? [duplicate]

He advised that she take as many classes as possible. I know this verb form has a name. I just forget what it is called.
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Was or is? Confusion [closed]

My question is for example when closing a call with a customer which is the proper way? "Once again my was (name), have a great day!" or "Once again my is (name), have a great day!" need this ...
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Use of 'already' in future tenses

I understand that 'already' is good friends with perfect tenses and it can also be used with the present and the past, but what about future tenses? I found the following sentences on the Internet: ...
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Past perfect progressive/continuous tense in the passive voice [duplicate]

Here's the hypothetical situation ... Our CEO (Joe) was coming to visit our office from out of town, and he wanted to see a report that we had been preparing for him. At the time of his visit, ...
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Is it valid to use future continuous for intention/coming event?

In my native language, we can use future continous to say a thing we are going to do in a short time or right at that time. For example, my boss assigns me a task and I would answer (literally ...
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past simple vs. past continuous in a time clause

How can we explain the difference between these two sentences? I saw his concert when he performed here. I saw his concert when he was performing here. I know that the first sentence refers ...
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Active voice in mathematical physics derivation

Im currently writing an undergraduate physics report, collaborating with a large group of people. One of our sections requires some LONG lagrangian derivations for various systems. Now, everyone ...
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Which tense should be used here? [closed]

Suppose I need to talk about some specific action that was continuously happening in the past (and it has completed at some time, for example about my parents college studying period) but I even was ...
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Why was the indirect speech not used in the following sentence?

The witness said that he heard two bullets being shot before he noticed two men running down the street The sentence contains both, reported speech and sequel of actions. Therefore I believe that ...
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The correct tenses pairs for main and sub clauses

A: The goods that he bought yesterday are a car, a television, and a bunch of candies. B: The goods that he bought yesterday were a car, a television, and a bunch of candies. Which one is the ...
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Finite and non-finite clauses: “We have washed the dishes”

I have a quick question regarding finite and non-finite clauses if I may? In clauses that contain modal or auxiliary verbs marked for tense AND a non-finite element, is the clause finite or non-...