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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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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New way of understanding the present perfect tense

I've always struggled with the present perfect tense, as probably many non-native speakers do. The way I learnt the perfect tense in school always involved these so-called signal words that one had to ...
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grammar of “try as I might”

I understand the phrase "try as I might..." to mean "I'm trying very hard and still..." and I'm comfortable using it in the present tense. However, I don't understand the grammar of the phrase and ...
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Present perfect vs. Past perfect tense used in newspaper story [closed]

I've been asking a lot about backshifting of tenses for quite some time and I have come across many articles/blogs where this so-called rule is not always followed unlike notable grammar books. For ...
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Big Jet Plane. “She drive me crazy”

I'm only learning English, so I'm sorry for my mistakes. Here's words from song Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane. She drive me crazy. I thought, here should be "she drives me crazy". Pls, ...
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In a story written in past tense, is using present tense grammatically correct in the narration?

For example, just something quickly made up: Sam started to run from the house to the nearby forest. The freezing weather caused him to shiver, but the warmth from running very rapidly heated up ...
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Past Perfect and Past Simple in AmE

I've recently been told that Past Perfect and Past Simple tenses are interchangeable in AmE. I know that it is possible to use the Past Simple tense instead of the Present Perfect one in AmE but have ...
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Using verbs correctly when mixing past and future tenses

A: Why did you call me last night? B: I just wanted to know if I could use your car when/whenever my girlfriend asks me to pick her up at her home. I would like to know if the verbs in bold are in ...
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Can “should” be used in first-person, past-tense narration?

Consider this excerpt from fiction in which the character is considering a course of action: We weren’t making any progress. Every suggestion I made seemed to make him angrier. Maybe I should ...
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Should I use “did” or “had” to ask questions in the past-tense?

Example (this is past-tense narrative): I thought about the motivation of the killer. Did he hate his wife? I thought about the motivation of the killer. Had he hated his wife? I did some ...
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What is the tense of “we are needing” [duplicate]

What rule does this violate? I know that it's wrong, but what is this tense or of what tense is it not a proper form? I hear these a lot: we are needing or we are wanting instead of we need or we ...
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Simple Future vs Future Perfect [closed]

Mother: Have you completed your homework? 1. Son: I will complete my homework before 6 P.M. 2. Son: I will have completed my homework before 6 P.M. Are both sentences 1 and 2 correct? Which one is ...
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What's the tense for remarking a thing happened in the past? [closed]

Shall I change That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar is really funny. to That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar was really funny. ?
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Past or present in: “Why was it imporant that he rub” / “Why was it important that he rubbed” [closed]

(1) Why was it important that Andrew rub the robot with grease? (2) Why was it important that Andrew rubbed the robot with grease? Are both acceptable? Is there a nuance suggested by one which isn't ...
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Is “little does he know” correct?

This expression is usually used in past tense ("little did he know") but can it also be used in present tense?
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In what cases can present progressive be used to describe irritating situations?

It is said, that when describing repeated situations that irriate you, one can use present progressive, but the answer to the test says that I have to usre present tense as folllows. I hate ...
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Verb Tense question:

I'm writing in the past tense, but this sentence needs to be in past perfect. Is this correct? "When they had the chance, they had fought their way out." Or should it be: "When they'd had the ...
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How to use tense when saying something happened several days ago?

I'm confused when saying something happened in the past, I know the basic rule for using the past tense, like, I went to the church yesterday. But it's always hard for me to write a complex ...
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Use of is and was

Which one is correct? As I told you before, my manager is pregnant and is due in two months. or As I told you before, my manager was pregnant and was due in two months.
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What is the correct form after “as well as”? [closed]

What is the correct form after as well as? App lets you send free messages (SMS, MMS, location-sharing) as well as make free calls to other App users on iPhone. or App lets you send free ...
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“Text from your phone asking me to meet.” Why is it “asking”?

In the movie Taken 3 (2015), one character is looking at a text message on a mobile phone, and he says to another character: Text from your phone asking mom to meet you at the rancho Berrego the ...
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Is the tense correct in these sentences? [closed]

Is this sentence correct grammatically? He must have seen my jet ski and became suspicious. or should it be: He must have seen my jet ski and become suspicious. Please note that the ...
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I have drunken the water / I have drunk the water [closed]

Assume that it is impossible to rephrase. I am inclined to believe drunk is correct, but I need another opinion.
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correct usage - using was/am with “said” [duplicate]

Which one is correct: My manager told me that I was not doing great at work. or My manager told me that I am not doing great at work.
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Felt + present/ past (back shifting ) [duplicate]

A few months back I met a celebrity and seeing his glamour I felt that I have/had no past or future. Which is to be used, had or have ?
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which one is suitable ? I want to say that Jane is a good friend of mine and I know her very well [closed]

Jane is a good friend of mine. I know / have known her very well. 1) know 2) have known Which one is suitable? Thanks
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What tense do you use to refer to an adult's childhood as a child prodigy?

I'm currently writing a biography of a fictional character. Should I write "X is a child prodigy" or "X was a child prodigy" if X is currently an adult? My gut tells me to go with a past tense since X ...
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had not vs did not - past perfect [closed]

I recently watched a YouTube tutorial which talks about right usage of past perfect tense. For negative sentences in past perfect, a simple rule to frame sentences is - Subject + hadn't + main verb ...
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Which tense should a time traveller use? [closed]

In the book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams attempts to lay out the basics of which tense to use when describing time travel: In it guests take (willan on-take) their ...
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“will be …” vs. “are presented in section …” (tenses in scientific writing)

I'm writing my bachelor thesis in English in a German language environment so I was unable to get help from my supervisor on language related questions (neither of the languages is my first language). ...
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Which is correct - “is started” or “has been started” [closed]

Please let me know which one is correct: Some machine is started. Some machine has been started. Additional information: I am reviewing message for software product. There when a user clicks ...
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ARE verses IS proper usage

The Lions are playing the Redskins and Buffalo is playing Cleveland tonight. For those who may not know, the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are American ...
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Using “literary present” with past perfect

It's standard for scholars in the humanities to write about the contents of a book in the present tense, but write about the factual details of the book or author in the past tense. My question has to ...
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Present perfect VS infinitive verb

I was wondering why the first sentence below (where the verb "have scored" is present perfect form) is wrong while the second sentence (where the verb "to score" is infinitive) is correct. He ...
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Words that are their own past tense

Does anyone know of a particular "rule" to know which words are their own past tense (such as "hurt"), and aren't modified for time? I'd like an easy rule to tell my students
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Using present continuous passive (is being) for describing repeating (undesirable) actions

I am trying to understand if it is possible to build sentences in such a way, I feel like I have seen somewhere using this tense in the same way I am trying to use it. Is it possible to use Present ...
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Why is the past tense used here instead of the present tense?

Why is the past tense used here instead of the present tense? It should make one focused. Why can you use this sentence? I thought word make can only be used with the present tense like this: ...
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Dumbledore's note for Harry or question about sequence of tenses [duplicate]

When I was re-watching the well-known movie about the boy who lived I noticed that the tenses in the note from Dumbledore (spoiler, sorry ><) don't really correspond, or do they? Here's what I ...
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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Can someone explain to me which sentence is grammatically correct…?

I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the acknowledgement receipts of two files that I had submitted. or I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the ...
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Talking about general truths but within a context that uses past tense

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware that the Earth is round. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware that the Earth was round. What is the ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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present perfect vs past perfect usage [duplicate]

In indirect speech present perfect tense is back shifted to past perfect tense. For example - John said, "I have written a letter." (Direct speech) John said that he had written a letter. (Indirect ...
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Past perfect tense vs present perfect tense usage [duplicate]

David got a message telling him that he has/had won the prize. Here which is to be used ? Has or had ?
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Past continuous reporting verb in indirect speech [duplicate]

In indirect speech if the reporting verb is in past tense, then the verb in subordinate clause will also be in past tense. Ex- He said that he was going to see movie. What tense will be used in ...
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Indicative Past vs Present with Write [duplicate]

Write tenses and formations I always get told off for saying I wrote an email and told I should say I have written an email. Why? When should you use these different tenses. Or point me towards a ...
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What is the difference between “could've” and “could of”? [duplicate]

I have seen people using could of instead of could have. Are both of them correct? Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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What is the difference between these sentences? [closed]

What is the difference between these sentences? I read that all of them can be used in the same situation. So which to choose? When I was young I used to live in a house. When I was young I lived in ...