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 + past participle [duplicate]

Is such phrase is correct? A request was sent to somewhere. Something is telling me that sentence below is correct one. A request has been sent to somewhere.
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Should I use present tense in reporting speech?

Should I use present tense in reported speech? I have both sentences and not sure which one is correct: (1) Peter mentioned that the formula A is based on formula B. (2) Peter mentioned that the ...
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Dubious Tenses in Airline Preflight Speech

I fly a lot of places (usually within the United States). When I take Delta, the flight attendants seem to recite (with minor differences) a prepared preflight speech detailing safety information. ...
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You “had left” or “left” a message? [duplicate]

I heard a voice mail message in the evening. What should I say: "You had left a message for me" or "you left a message for me"?
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What are the differences between “want to pass”, “want pass” and “want passing”?

Would you kindly tell me what is the difference between the followings? I want you to pass your exams so that you can come as soon as possible to be with me. I want you pass your exams so ...
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“I [had] visited them two months ago” [duplicate]

A. I had visited them two months ago. B. I visited them two months ago. Which one is correct?
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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Is there a name for configurations such as “I will have had…”?

Consider these two examples, I will have had eaten by that time. I will have had been working there for five years. To me, the first sentence seems to express the proposition that, it is the ...
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Changing tenses

I am a sports writer and was wondering if this sentence is wrong because it starts in the past tense and changes to past participle "Sophomore Chelsea Vujs recorded a double-double by scoring a ...
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What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
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What would be the difference between past and present tense here?

1.) I assumed you were the type who kept your promises. vs. 2.) I assumed you were the type who keeps your promises.
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All tenses for a given word [duplicate]

Is there any website to learn all tenses for a given regular verb or irregular verb with search option. I've searched on google. But i'm not get exact website url. If anyone knows share with me.
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Why the word building is used insead of using built?

We used to say the word as building. Generally, we use the gerund form in the present continuous tense. Why are we using the word building when it is already built?
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Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Which of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today. He wants to do the work" or "I talked with him today. He wants to do the work." Which tense I need to use at the sentence? ...
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Changing verb tenses in a sample paragraph

I'm trying to clear some confusion I have when writing in different verb tenses. I found Purdow OWL's tutorial, but the explanation is not clear to me. Here's the example from the website: Example 2: ...
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What is the difference between “have had” and “had”?

I have had letters delivered to me that had abuses. I had letters delivered to me that had abuses.
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Past Perfect Continuous/Past Perfect or?

Which tense should I use in the following example? Is it OK to use the Past Perfect Continuous if I want to explain to someone that I had been working in some company for 10 years, without mentioning ...
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Past tense or present tense to describe something that happened in the past but is still true?

For example: "Last week, I found out that NASA stands for 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration.'" or "Last week, I found out that NASA stood for 'National Aeronautics and Space ...
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how to use “has been” [duplicate]

I had been preparing for a tennis event since March, but it has been postponed until next year. Question: Can "it has been postponed" be replaced with "was postponed" grammatically without changing ...
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Matching verb tenses when starting a sentence with “this”

The phrase in question is "This allows his arms to naturally accelerate through the bottom of his swing and unleashes a lot of power on the ball." My question is about the proper tense of the verb, ...
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“only if we ignored X, might Y happen”?

In spite of the general guidance on conditionals found on this site, I am struggling with which tenses to use in the following sentence to properly convey what I mean: Only if we ignored these ...
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Tense to use when describing a written work

I'm writing a book report and I'm mot sure which tense should I use to describe the story in it. The story in the book is set in the past time. So I wonder whether I might use the simple past tense or ...
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“Is” or “was” written by?

We usually speak of the events of a work of fiction in present tense, even though they may clearly have happened in the past: "Macbeth hallucinates a dagger floating before him." This is because the ...
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More on charting tenses [closed]

I saw an interesting post on here that shows tenses in a chart. I use an even more schematic chart to explain active tenses to foreign students. Given that you are all linguists I'd like to know ...
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Why is this particular “was” in past tense?

He added that he saw himself then also as quite attuned to things and seemed more in touch with his surroundings than now, in an esoteric way, as one might be who was trying a variety of "mind ...
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Why not “skydove”?

In having a conversation with some friends, I noted that I decided at one point to forgo an option that I had at hand. Since I was speaking in the past, I had to put it in the correct tense. I knew ...
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“I didn't know you liked her” or “I didn't know you like her”

I have a friend who insists that "I didn't know you like her" is more correct than "I didn't know you liked her" if the liking is still taking place. But to my ear, only the latter ...
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Strange use of the past tense by Dr. Watson in the Sherlock series [closed]

I’m trying to correctly identify the reason why the past tense of ‘’to be’’ is used in the following context: Sherlock Season 3 Episode 3 The scene: Dr. Watson is about to enter a drug den. His ...
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Usage of Do vs. Did

My girlfriend and I are arguing on what is the correct way of writing the following sentence. To provide a little context - The children have never met their Grandmother yet. Is it correct to say: ...
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Reported Speech with was and were

I set a test with the following direct sentence, which the students were supposed to put into reported speech: Interviewer: "Are you fluent in English?" I expected the students to write: The ...
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Is it absolutely unacceptable to change tense in the middle of a sentence?

For example: I probably wasn't paying attention because I was doing things I'm not used to. If the I'm not is changed to past tense (I wasn't), it sounds like I might be used it now, even though ...
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Time agreement. Using past simple/continuous and present perfect together

Should it be present perfect (has felt) / present simple (cannot understand) in the sentence below or the tense of the first sentence implies that these verbs fall into past aspect so past perfect / ...
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Who knows which tenses of English are not used or used merely? [duplicate]

Who knows which tenses of English are not used or used merely? I wonder which ones you do not use often. As far as I know these are the tenses that you often do not use. am I right? Will have been ...
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“All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”

In the sentence, "All I had, and all I have now, were clues", should the verb be "were" or "are", or should the sentence be rephrased so that I don't have to choose between matching the verb to the ...
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Why “What if I told you…” and not “What if I tell you…”?

Exactly in which category of grammar does this type of sentence fall? What if I told you … Why don't we use tell instead of told, as it sounds this event has happened in past. Can anyone explain ...
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How to use “until now/so far” in the past tenses?

I know that "until now" indicates that something changed. No messages have come until now. Now the first message arrived. But what about using it in the past, for example in reported speech or ...
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I have been sick for the last week? [closed]

I' would like to know whether or not the following sentences are correct and why: I have been sick since last week. I have been sick since the last week. I have been sick for the last ...
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switching narrative tenses

"When the brothers were reunited, Hans explained how it was that he was still alive. After having been wounded towards the end of the war, he had been sent to hospital and was separated from his unit. ...
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What does “within 30 days of assuming command” mean? [duplicate]

An Army regulation requires somthing to be done "within 30 days of assuming command". Does that mean it must be done within the time window of the day of assuming command plus 30? Or, does it mean ...
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What tense to use in this example?

I am developing a system for patients that allows them to see their medication history. There is a function that lists history of all drugs the patients have ever tried. I am trying to figure out ...
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“fail to do” or “failure in doing”, which is better in this case?

I went to live in the small village to seek a simple life after my failure in finding a decent job in the metropolis. I went to live in the small village to seek a simple life after I fail ...
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Difference between “I reached home” and “I have reached home” [duplicate]

I often confuse these two things: "I reached home" and "I have reached home". Once my friend asked me, "Where are you? " I messaged him: "I have reached home". He told me not to use "have reached ...
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Difference between “had + past” and “would have + past”? [closed]

Is there any difference between these two statements? When should each be used? I thought you had slept. I thought you would have slept.
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What tense do I use?

I'm writing a history essay, and I don't know what tense to use in a case such as the below. In A.D. 7, Dave kills/killed a cow. Is it supposed to be killed or kills? Your help is greatly ...
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Correct usage of 'was not having' or 'did not have'?

Is the sentence 'The man was not having any change' grammatically correct? Or does I have to be 'did not have'?
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Is there something incorrect about the phrase “fall back asleep”?

A quick Google search shows that the phrase seems to be in relatively common usage, but for some reason I find the construct very awkward. I would say "fall asleep" the first time, and then "fall ...
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Which tense is more appropriate in the clause of this sentence, the simple past or present perfect? [duplicate]

Sentence 1: It is quite disappointed that I was not able to pass the exam even after having worked hard for three months. Sentence 2: It is quite disappointed that I have not been able to ...
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Latin-derived verbs

Are all Latin-derived English verbs regular? For ex. decide, arrive add -ed in their past forms. Are there any specific rules to follow? To spend is irregular: why? Does it depend on when these verbs ...
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“I have been reading your letter with pleasure”? [closed]

Is this a correct choice of tense? If yes, what conditions would justify the use of Present Perfect Continuous? It seems much more natural to say I have read your letter. (I have recently ...
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Past continuous vs Past Perfect continuous

When I was taking a Biology class in 2005, we were assigned to do an animal experiment. So what is wrong with that sentence? I am using a free grammar checker website and it says the tense is wrong.