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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What tenses should be used after “in case of”?

What tense should be used after "in case" or "in case of"? For instance, is the following sentence correct? "Just imagine that in case of a dispute with her husband she leaves home."
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Is this the right use of “laid”? [duplicate]

The campfire crackled. Hunter laid in his sleeping bag and gazed up at the stars.
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Choice of tense to describe continuing status of an object

Hi I am so confused by the English tenses when I try to describe, for example a status change, something happened in the past, just at a point in time, but is still true until now. Please list those ...
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Correct tense for “I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies” [closed]

Whats the correct way of saying this? I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies I wish I've had more time so i could've baked some cookies
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Sorry I'm late, the car wouldn't start this morning!

This sentence is used in a Grammar book. I wonder why they used "wouldn't start"? Thanks so much!
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“I would give you all the help you needed” vs. “would need” vs. “need”

If you were ever in trouble, I would give you all the help you needed. Can you explain the tense choice for the bolded verb? How about "all the help you would need" or "all the help you need"?
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Verb tense in short flashbacks

I am writing a short story (approx. 650 words) in the past tense, and one paragraph of this story (100-125 words) is written as a flashback. I originally planned to write the entire flashback ...
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What tense to use for research results/statistics

My question is similar to this one and this one. However, I think I need further elaboration to understand at what points I am supposed to use present tense, and where to use past tense. Now, my ...
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Difference between “What do you came for” and “What did you come for”?

I know what "What did you come for" is the Past Simple, but what is "What do you came for"? Verb "came" is a reference to the Past, but i've never seen construction like this. Is "What do you came ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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rewrite active voice to active voice, or passive to passive?

Is it possible to rewrite a sentence and retain the same 'voice'? We've been looking at active and passive voice in class, and how to rewrite from one to the other - but no one has mentioned Av to Av, ...
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Is the concept of “backshifted past tense” in reported speech applicable to other types of subordinate clauses?

BACKGROUND Cambridge Grammar of the English Language has this portion regarding backshift on page 154: Backsift not confined to indirect reported speech We introduced a concept of a ...
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I keep on finding exceptions of the rule that changes from present tense to past [closed]

I keep on finding exceptions that doesn't fit into the rule that a grammar book suggests. One of them is about changing regular verbs to past simple. It says, if the verb ends in a vowel + a ...
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proper usage of didn't had or didnt have [closed]

Its a simple ask as it doesn't appear to be wrong while using it in emails etc. I didn't had breakfast or i didnt have breakfast. Which one of above is better in grammatical manner.
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“Where have you been?” or “Where had you been?” [closed]

Which usage is correct? Where have you been? Where had you been? Can we ask Where had you been as a past tense? Can I answer I had been which happened in the past? Is the rhyme Pussy ...
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Present tense and conditional tense in a stated past tense

I have a question about using past and conditional tenses in a context that refers to something told in the past. I think I’ve seen both forms used in films/books, etc., but I'm not sure about it ...
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Present perfect vs. present question

I have been reading Tonio Korger by Thomas Mann, translated by David Luke. Here is a sentence about which I have a question: He worked in silence, in invisible privacy, for he utterly despised ...
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Is Chrome's “this webpage is not found” correct?

Chrome's webpage not found page (I'm running 39.0.2171.13 beta), says "this wepage is not found": This seems wrong to me. I would say, "this webpage could not be found". "Is not found" seems to ...
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Verb after 'never' is in what tense?

Does it need to be in base form, present tense , past tense , past participle or continual tense ? EXAMPLE: She never (*forget/ forgets/ forgot / forgotten/ forgetting ) to do her homework.
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learning tenses

I was wondering if I am correct about in the following sentences as I am learning about tenses. If I buy 5,000 boxes of tea,what discount will you offer us? is this present simple for if i buy ...
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Purpose of Subjunctive Past [duplicate]

What is exactly a subjunctive past? When do we use it? Could anyone please give some examples of the occasions we use the Subjunctive Past?
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were vs. are usage

Which of this is appropriate? When you were born, we were so happy because you are a boy. Or When you were born, we were so happy because you were a boy. I stumbled upon this on Facebook. ...
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What is the purpose of past future tense?

When I learn english, I noticed that all the tenses can be obtained by turning on and off a certain boolean flag. Okay, I am a programmer. So it's easier for me to understand it that way. Though I ...
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'if we were to go with them' vs 'if we were to have gone with them'

What is the difference between the two tenses? 1. If we were to go with them. 2. If we were to have gone with them.
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“Had been planning” or “were planning” What is the difference? [duplicate]

We_________(had been planning /were planning) to felicitate John at our annual cultural fest when the news of his death______(had arrived /arrived). Can someone tell me which one to use and ...
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Past perfect example confusion

My text definition of past perfect tense tells me that it is used to refer to an action that is completed at some point in the past and before the commencement of another past action. I came across ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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An abrupt change of tense in a dialogue

Here is the script of a dialogue between the presenter Lucy Worsley and Alexandra Loske, from the University of Sussex, talking about Princess Charlotte's laboring Lucy: He's talking here about a ...
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Shifting verb tenses when reporting past events

In the following sentence, is it appropriate to shift the tense? (The tense which is shifted is in italics); They were lucky enough to have escaped the clutches of the Giant. However, they had ...
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Correct usage of the word “do” in this context

I have the following sentence: "In other words, Rule 5 has a balancing test and the limiting factors, which restrict admissibility the same way that 6(a) & 6(b) do." In this case, what should be ...
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Question about about various uses of “to be” and correctness of their usage in my sentence

If I were the man involved, and didn't know my wife was 'pretend', I would be totally crushed when I did find out she was fake. How could I make the above statement correct? If it already is, ...
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Tenses in literature review / Dead author

In the sentence : "In her book Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen describes/described Mr. Darcy as a proud man." Which tense is more suitable to be used: simple past/simple present? p/s: I've ...
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Correct tense for a sentence [closed]

When you come to know that somebody has been working somewhere, how to tell them? Are the following sentences correct? I did not know you worked at xyz, or I did not know you "were" a part of xyz ...
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Sequnce of tenses in the sentence

Is it okay to use different tenses in this way? Try to find an area where science isn't needed, where experiments weren't perfomed.
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Changing quote tense?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've stumbled along a problem. If I change "They are..." to "They were..." in a quotation, do I need to put square brackets as in, "They [were]..."?
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“I hope I enjoy myself very much” is this correct?

I hope I enjoy myself very much I came across the above expression when I was reading something, the writer wasn't a native English speaker. She was talking about visiting a place she wanted to ...
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Highlit vs Highlighted, Lit vs Lighted

Most dictionaries seem to indicate that highlighted is the past tense for highlight, rather than highlit. However, we use lit as the past tense for light without reservation, with lighted appearing ...
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“My work has done” vs “my work has been done” [closed]

Please tell me that what is the difference between My work has done and My work has been done problem is with the use of has and has been
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“Are you hurt” vs. “Did you get hurt”

What should we use when someone is injured? Are you hurt? Or it should be Did you get hurt? I felt using the second one as improper. Please correct me.
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“Where we headed?” or “Where we heading?”; which one is correct?

I had to pick one of my friends for a movie. She didn't know where we would go, so the moment she sat in the car, she asked "So, where we headed?" I told her the multiplex name. But I thought she ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use the word 'your' before a verb in present progressive tense? [duplicate]

Can I say: I understand your wanting to wait a while longer. I have heard it being said, but how correct is it?
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What is the future tense of “would have been”?

The following sentence is grammatically correct: Today would have been Freddie Mercury's 68th birthday. If Freddie Mercury were still alive, this sentence would be correct too: September 5, ...
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I'd know my life before I had even lived it

Girl: "I've made my decision, Father". Her Father: "You've ruined so many prospects, Lucy". Girl: "Hmm.Nothing but boys, following in their father's footsteps. I'd know my life before I ...
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“If you went” what tense is it? Is it a subjunctive mood?

I was watching an anime, and saw a sentence If you went, you will die in translation. The context is Some guy is forbidding his friend to go to some place. My question: Is it a subjunctive ...
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Is it right to combine past and present in the same sentence?

I am defining an instrument but am not sure if it is correct to combine past and present tense at the same time: Ssdd is the first ever instrument, launched in 1998, which was specifically ...
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“glad to receive something” or “glad to have received something”? [closed]

which is correct? "I am glad to receive your letter." or "I am glad to have received your letter." The intent is to talk about a specific letter recently received in the past.
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Should I use 'by' preposition of time in past/future perfect tenses only?

In which tenses can I use 'by' as a preposition of time? My teacher told me you are allowed to use this preposition in past perfect or future perfect tenses only, but I ran into a lot of sentences on ...
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Future Continuous and Perfect Continuous tenses in Passive Voice

I've read a lot of books/articles which says that Future Continuous in Passive Voice and Perfect Continuous in Passive Voice are not possible, but there are some examples of such combinations at this ...
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Past simple vs present perfect

I have read many online articles. I've read questions and answers on this site. I still can't get my head wrapped around the difference between past simple and present perfect I know the difference ...
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I copied or I have copied? [duplicate]

As I speak, I noticed that I use the word "have" a lot! Also, I was wondering whether this over-usage is right. For instance, I have copied the file to your computer where I could've used ...