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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Grammatical structure of a complex sentence

Many things are unclear in the following sentence, and I want your help to understand them: 1. Its grammatical structure is complicated, and I can understand nothing from it. 2. What is the ...
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usage of 'being able to'

When to use the word 'being able to' and what exactly it means? Example: 1. Not being able to run the report 2. that is the one which prevents us from being able to run the report Why not we say 1. ...
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The clock (has kept/kept) precise time for over forty years? [closed]

The correct answer is "kept" but I don't understand why because shouldn't "over forty years" make it past progressive? This is from an ACT practice test. The passage talks about a guy making the ...
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How to ask this as question [duplicate]

I am wondering how to turn the following into a question "Narendra Modi is the 18th Prime Minister of India" How to ask this as question, so that answer will be 18th I have tried searching ...
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What is wrong in saying “ I am feeling well right now”…?

The following sentences are frequently heard spoken by people if someone asks them about their well-being (especially when a doctor inquires about a patient's health!) : I am not feeling well and ...
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What is synonym of Abide? [closed]

What is synonym of Abide? a) Pays b) Diverts c) Hang Real sentence is "Curse abides on a tyrant for ever!"
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Reported speech: unnecessary past tense?

The following is an excerpt from a textbook in Korea. I'm wondering if this is an unnecessary past tense for the reported speech--or possibly wrong. When I moved to Korea, one of the first things ...
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Class [has been / was] removed. [duplicate]

If I want to make a very short remark as a comment to a fragment of computer program, what would be the best style of the three variants below please? Class ProjectControl... ...removed ...was ...
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Does “typically” always imply a habitual occurrence?

Example: When she lost her wallet, typically, she panicked. That looks awkward and incorrect. A present tense version of the sentence looks correct: When she loses her wallet, typically ...
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Is this grammatically correct: “It has happened for a while now.”

If not, why? I think it sounds awkward but I cannot be sure it's incorrect.
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What do you got? [duplicate]

I heard this line in the movie Promised Land, starring Matt Damon. He said, "What do you got?" in the middle of the movie The verb structure baffles me. How come "got" is used after "do" in the ...
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Regarding present tense and future tense [closed]

In this sentence "Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 takes off at 6:20." Can I replace "will take off" with "takes off"?
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Accustom vs accustomed? Which is proper usage here? [closed]

I'm using accustom in a sentence like so: Users are already familiar with YouTube and are accustom to its expansive music catalog. I'm wondering if this is an incorrect use of the word accustom. ...
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It vary or it varies?

In "The Origin of Species " of Charles Darwin, Chapter 1, we can read this: it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and ...
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Have I correctly use the word RATHER?

what is the difference between the following? I'd rather you went home now. I'd rather you go home .
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I hope you live / I hope you will live

What is a correct way to say it: I hope you live for many years. or I hope you will live for many years? I am really confused by it since I've seen quotes of famous writers that said live but an ...
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Using past tense when referencing a still-true fact [duplicate]

In the sentence: "I didn't know she had a son," Can I say "I didn't know she has a son" instead, because he is a teenager now? Or are both correct?
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Should we use “lay” or “lays” in this context? [duplicate]

I found this sentence in Longman dictionary: The crux of the problem lay in the lack of equipment. I think it should be "lays" instead of "lay", but even when I googled, I noticed there are more ...
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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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“Didn't want to do X until Y happened” vs. “hadn't wanted to do X until Y happened”

Which answer is correct? Tony _______to have children until his little daughter was born. After she won his heart, he decided he wanted a big family. A. didn't want. B. hadn't wanted. ...
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Confused by until [duplicate]

Which question is correct? Please help me as I'm completely confused. Tony ________ to have children until his little daughter was born. After she won his heart, he decided he wanted a big family. ...
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be wondering - tenses

In reference to: Why is the past tense used in "I was wondering if you would like to come for dinner?" I'd like to ask why we usually use "I was wondering if..." not "I have been wondering ...
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Can Past Progressive Tense be used for habitual past? [duplicate]

I ran across the following sentence in an ESL textbook (by Jack C. Richards): "I was going to auditions" which was used to say what the subject would do for some time after college. However, almost ...
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“Obama is in town this weekend” or “Obama will be in town this weekend” [duplicate]

A friend of mine used the following phrase to tell me about Obama's visit to Malaysia this weekend (he told me this when it was not already the weekend): Obama is in town this weekend. This ...
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this is/was the best meal I have ever had/had had

We are currently discussingq with my colleagues what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/has been the best meal you ever had. What tenses ...
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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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I was wondering or I am wondering? [duplicate]

In a job interview, I want to ask the interviewer about work hours. We are talking in the present. In this case which sentence is correct, and why? I was wondering, what are the work hours? I ...
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Is the use of future tense (especially “will” and “shall”) going out of grammar?

My English teacher taught us that there is no such thing called "future tense" in existence. Instead we were asked to use present indefinite tense. He said that we should use "I am to go to London" ...
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Did the author of the Hunger Games make a mistake here? [closed]

I am reading the Hunger Games and it is written in the first person. However I came across this sentence: “I dismissed myself,” I said. I remember how I promised Prim that I really would try to ...
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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Which tense do I use for an on-going event that has a connection to the past [closed]

For example, please consider the following sentence: "The site was disapproved for not having enough unique content. The site has mostly links and banner ads that would negatively impact the user ...
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Does addition of clause change tense [duplicate]

For example, which of the following sentences is correct: Jack, and his partner Jill, offer a new perspective on child-rearing. Jack, and his partner Jill, offers a new perspective on child-rearing. ...
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“that one consider” or “that one considers”? [duplicate]

I have a question to ask regarding this quote. In the formation of a marketing strategy, it is imperative that one considers the marketing mix, also known as the 4Ps – product, price, place, and ...
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Is the tense change of the verb “need” to “needed” mandatory?

If the tense change of the verb "need" to "needed" is not mandatory, then if it was changed then how would it affect the meaning in the sentences below? If they asked for help, I would provide ...
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What tense is the verb “has been raised”? [closed]

In the sentence "Christ has been raised." what tense is the verb?
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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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How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use ...
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Reported speech, question in a conditional sentence

I've been struggling with this exercise: "Let's drive on to the next village and try the hotel there," he said. "But what'll we do if that's full too?" I said. "We'll just have to sleep in the car," ...
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Usage of Present Perfect and Past Simple in answer

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy and I have a question about Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back on Friday. ...
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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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“I'll keep you company while you wait” or “I'll keep you company while you're waiting”

I know that while, like after, before, when, as soon as introduce time clauses, which require the present simple: I'll keep you company while you wait. But so many of the students have used the ...
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independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past

I've found this sentence in a grammar site : "you'll surely pass the exam if you studied hard" (independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past) Wouldn't be more natural : "...if ...
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Simple past or present perfect when describing a series of recent actions

I, as an American, would opt for the simple past rather than the present perfect in the following sentence: Today she has gone to a class, and after that she has been shopping. Is this sentence ...
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A grammar tense question

Can you tell me whether the " have found " written on the fourth line (bold) of the following sentence is the correct tense to be used? Should it just be " found " instead of " have found "? Please ...
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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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Should “The history of X” be followed by “began” or “begins”?

This BBC page states The history of life on Earth began about 3.8 billion years ago... Similarly, this one states The history of Canterbury's religious significance began with the Romans... ...
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Past-tense verb + that clause: clause has to use past tense?

I am writing a subordinate clause in the "Related Work" section of my academic paper. Which is correct? In [1], Smith et al. pointed out that the solution is feasible. OR In [1], Smith et ...
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What tense should I use here? Present perfect/past simple

It's been two years since the accident and she (forgot or has forgotten?) her lesson.