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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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Future tense of the word “Can” [duplicate]

What is the future tense of the word can? One way to express it is "will be able to", but what is actually the future tense of "can" ?
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Sudden shift to present perfect in McCarthy's “The Road”

I have a question regarding "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. The book is written in past tense and uses past perfect form to tell us of what had happened before, but in this sentence Cormac uses present ...
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Using “held” for future events

I feel like I've seen cases where the verb "held" is used for a future event, as in I will attend the World English Conference held on January 10-15, 2017. And I found the same sentence in an ...
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conditional tenses

please can anyone help me analyse the tenses in this conditional sentence: "If we did not stay up so late, we would not be so tired." What's the tense of "did not stay up" here? It's not past ...
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Logic of tense in fiction

In the following sentence, the narrator is telling a story about herself: A few minutes later, still hearing the fall of their hooves, I called out over my shoulder, “Nothing for you, cows. Nothing ...
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Is it grammatically correct help me ,with proper explanation,with tense explanation [closed]

You were got bored, weren't you? It that correct ,can we use all verbs in past tense.
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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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Supercede or Supersede?

I work with thousands of part numbers. Some of the referenced items are now unavailable, and a replacement has been found. In communicating to my users, do I say "x supercedes to y" or "x ...
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Going back and forth in time gramatically?

The sentence(s): The ice breaks beneath them, and they are stuck in their car while it is being filled with ice-cold water. Dawn’s mother had tried to convince Sam, Dawn’s father, not to go on the ...
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [closed]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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I worked vs. I was working vs. I have been working all day [closed]

I teach English to beginners and I usually begin the lesson by asking them how they spent their day. Many of them say "Oh, I worked all day today", and sometimes I hear "I was working today". ...
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'The thing is done with' tense

In need some help describing this writing style: A procedure can be written as "The bowl is washed with water, then....." or "The bowl was washed with water, then...." The second version is third ...
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expressing uncertainty in the past: “could be” vs. “would have been”

Yesterday I wrote the below snippet in an email, but looking at it again it doesn't sound right: Last term I did way too much teaching related stuff (my fault, didn’t really know how much time ...
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“can” vs. “could”

"This case report suggests that a lung embolism CAN/COULD occur in a patient with no pulmonary vulnerabilities." Which of these verbs is correct in this sentence?
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Past Simple or Present Perfect with “Never”? [duplicate]

I have this example in my practice book where I need to use the Past Simple or Present Perfect: My grandfather died before I was born. I have never met him. The right answer is "I never met ...
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Can the choice between Present Perfect vs Past Simple be influenced by external events?

What is meant by 'an external event'? For example, death. Let there be two celebrities, one who is still alive (Leonardo DiCaprio), and one who is dead (Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the ...
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If you will have vs If you have

If you will have dinner at home, tell me. or If you have dinner at home, tell me. What is the difference between the two sentences? Which one sounds natural?
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“What do I think?” vs “What am I thinking?”

Here's a fragment from King John and the Abbot: “And first, when thou seest me here in this stead, With my crowne of golde so fair on my head, Among all my liege-men so noble of birthe, Tell ...
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Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM [closed]

Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM.
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Is it gramatically correct to use past tense when referring to the future?

I was doing some testing on my local machine that involved changing my system clock to a future date. When I compiled my project, I received warnings that read: Warning: xxxx.class was edited in ...
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Early Modern English - How Many Uses of Conjugated Verbs in a Single Sentence

Using Early Modern English, can I have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence? For example, would I be more correct to say, "Thinkest thou that thou could take us to see him?" (Note that only ...