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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“Have been born” vs. “are born” vs. “were born”

We are native to this country. We have been born here to serve it. Is the use of "have been" acceptable here? I think the simple past were is more appropriate. Also, what about: We are ...
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Is the “is being employed” bit in this sentence grammatical?

Mr. Peter is being employed at our company as "Marketing Supervisor" as of 01.01.2010 till date with a monthly salary of 0000.0000
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future tense of a present tense

My time for the marathon next year will certainly be worse than it is tomorrow. (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language) Is is being present tense saying is is the same tense of future ...
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Differences in Past Tense: 'used to have' vs. 'had' (non-native speaker)

I don't understand the difference between these sentences. Is there a special usage for each? I used to have three cats and I had three cats
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Have been - Had been

I'm very confused over the usage of "Have been" and "Had been". Where do we use them? I also wanted to know where we don't use them. For example when I tell about my last month activities I only use ...
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“I (had) hated her for long before we split” — Simple Past or Past Perfect?

I'm not certain whether using 'had hated' here is totally correct or not. And if it is not, please explain why.
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Using the word permeate

Does 'The two movies permeate pop culture' make sense or should it be 'have permeated pop culture'?
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“When he went out he left the radio on so that his parents shall think that he was still in the house”

When he went out he left the radio on so that his parents shall think that he was still in the house. This is a past sentence. Why is shall think used? Can I use should think?
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“Demand that the dismissed employee be reinstated” or “demand is that the dismissed employee to be reinstated”

Which one is correct? The demand of the workers' union that the dismissed employee be reinstated, has been accepted by the management. or The demand of the workers' union is that the ...
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Has or Had / Past and Past Perfect [closed]

I'm polishing and redrafting my novel. But grammar is not my strong suit. I need help with tenses, specifically. As you may already know, stories are usually told in the past tense. But it's not ...
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Usage of 'would' in the future tense?

Is there anything wrong in this sentence? "I would go to work tomorrow if the buses were plying." I know it is not wrong to use 'would' in hypothetical sentences in the past and present tense: ...
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“She sees in the mirror” vs. “she will see in the mirror?” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? She will grow up hating what she sees in the mirror. Or should it be: She will grow up hating what she will see in the mirror. I think first one is correct, I ...
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Present simple and present perfect in this context

I have been told that the following are the same: It has been twenty years since I last saw her. It is twenty years since I have seen her. But I somehow do not understand why; usually the ...
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'were + past tense verb' v. 'are + past tense verb'

Which is correct? a. The Justice Secretary said prosecutors were allowed to join the event. b. The Justice Secretary said prosecutors are allowed to join the event. Given that this news was ...
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will arrive or will be arriving?

I will arrive in Sydney on 16th September. or I will be arriving in Sydney on 16th September. As a formal email, which one should I choose? or is there a better one?
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Shift in tense and starting a historical account with the present tense

I was just writing a historical overview of a battle and decided I'd write the introduction in the present tense--the present tense being a narration of a specific event during the war. I just ...
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“Never” and past tense

Considering these two sentences in the past tense, using "never": The film has never been released The film was never released Are they both correct? If so, is there a difference in the ...
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Can verb tense be changed mid-sentence for something that still exists?

Look at this sentence: I knew that the sky is blue. To me, it doesn't make sense to say the sky was blue since it still is blue. Even so, is it grammatically incorrect to say I knew that the sky ...
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What is the difference between these conditionals?

It's often said that non-native speakers have a poor understanding of the English tenses. I'm not one to disagree, but on the whole I've always thought tenses weren't that hard, until I got to the ...
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Difference between present perfect and perfect continous [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences:- The traffic police has blocked the road for heavy vehicles since last Friday and It has been raining heavily since morning.
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“It would the best thing I have ever seen” vs “…I had ever seen”

Just heard a song "Majestic" and as I am continuously trying to improve my English, I noticed something a bit unclear to me. A sight for sore eyes To the blind would be awful majestic It would ...
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he is/was a man of bad habits

Now, say, I am talking to A about B's brother: -He is/was a man of bad habits. In English grammar, usually when referring to a dead person, or things related to him, we need the past tenses, but ...
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Past plans for the future

I am struggling to decide the correct tense / verb usage where one wishes to express some past plan for the then future: We agreed that, when xyz happens, we would do abc. We agreed that, ...
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South Park grammar perplexity 2

This is another strange example from South Park I am posting : "How about you come up with the reason why we don’t break your arms?". Why is the present used in the second part of the sentence? How is ...
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Quirks and limitations of Past Perfect

I know that English has two past tenses, when the second past (Pluperfect) is farther back in time then the other (Simple Past). Reading stories in English, I've discovered that many stories are ...
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Confused about tense usage

"A little heat might get things cookin'." I heard this in a movie. Is it correct? Shouldn't it be, "A little heat might get things cooked?" What's the difference? Thank you.
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is vs was vs has been [duplicate]

One of my friend got job and I want to tell this news to my other friends. How should I say it? He is selected for a job. He was selected for a job. He has been selected for a job.
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May I have some examples of “future perfect continuous” from fiction or literature, with references? [closed]

Question says it all and again it should be from literature or fiction. I was told that the future perfect continuous does not exist. So I am looking for examples from “real published and acclaimed ...
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Present tense in a question with verb in past tense [closed]

I have got following two questions. I wanted to ask am I correct in thinking that we can’t test token system? I wanted to ask was I correct in thinking that we couldn't test token system? I ...
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Which way is correct “The item that is to be found” or “The item to be found”?

I'm trying to say that the item will be found in the near future, but has not been found yet. Which way of saying is correct in this context?
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“I ever met” vs. “I have ever met”

In the following context, is it okay to say "I ever met" or is it "I have ever met"? Three years later you remain the coolest person I met.
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“Thence” to allude to the past

I see that "hence" means roughly "from this fact/time/place/source", while "thence" means roughly "from that fact/time/place/source". Usage such as "half an hour hence" is typically (although perhaps ...
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Is this sentence in the Future Continuous?

Would be obliged if someone could clarify whether the following is in the Future Continuous tense. The Earth will be three degrees hotter by the year 2050. It seems so but I need to be ...
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Payment to be due within three months “of” that meeting

Does the word "of" in the context of an established point in time refer to before or after that established point in time?
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What tense is “would” in, “This attack would require the user to comply”?

The phrase: "This attack would require the user to comply" What tense is would require? Several thoughts were that it is somehow a present unreal conditional, but is it present?
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Which tense should I use when presenting a table of data?

I have a table and the description of the table as followed: Table 7 presents the likelihood of OPT occurrences from the time annotated sentences; V-RB refers to the sentences which contain ...
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When could we use perfect tense? [closed]

Could you recommend me any grammar taskbook like Murphy with a lot of tasks and explanation of perfect tense? I haven't quite understood the meaning of the perfect tense and all cases when it should ...
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Is a sentence “I knew that someone will want to take it” correct? [closed]

It sounds right to me, but is it correct? Thanks.
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Combining past and future tense

I want to say that in the past I decided something that I will do in the future: Already in my bachelor years I decided that I want work at [. . .] after my master. Is want here correct, or ...
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Which is better: “was dead” / “died” / “has passed away” in my case? [duplicate]

I came across a question in Chinese@SE, which is about a status update of someone's cat. I asked the OP in the comment whether the cat was dead at that time: I assume his cat was dead, can you ...
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When do we use “went bowling,” and when do we use “go bowling”? [closed]

In this dialogue what is the appropriate form? A: Would you like to go bowling with me today? B: I don't think so. To be honest, I really don't feel like going bowling today. I went bowling ...
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Is the tense in the sentence correct?

The sentence is I bought a bottle of milk on Friday night, and I found that it had gone sour the following morning. I think the past perfect tense is weird with "the following morning." Am I ...
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Present or past tense in writing a paper [duplicate]

I have a list to explain about it in my paper. Do I need to use present or past tense for this case? If I have to use present or past tense, why is that? Are there any rules on tense when writing ...
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Which one is correct? “I have work experience in ” or “I had work experience in”? [closed]

Which one is correct? I have previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010. OR I had previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010.
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Which verb tense is used in OR compound objects?

For example: We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in. Which tense of 'be' would be used here?
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Is reported speech reasonable in this example? [closed]

What is the right word to the gap (21)? (had/have) That is about 400 years earlier than when the Inca Indians were thought to (21) __ discovered the silver in the ground. I think it's had as ...
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Can we use past perfect progressive in the context where present tense is predominantly used?

As I understand, past perfect is used to express an action that had happened before something else in the past. But in the paragraph I came across, there appeared past perfect progressive in the ...
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repeat the past conversation [duplicate]

My mum says: You have to go back home tomorrow by 6pm. The day after, do I tell my friend: My mum said I have to go back home by 6pm OR My mum said I had to go back home by 6pm ...
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simple present or past in describing an event shown in a series of pictures

I'm correcting my 7th graders' writing assignment in which they're given three pictures of a fat boy who decides to go on a diet and finally becomes thinner. I've been told that using present simple ...
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what are the correct tenses “very different from what he … do” [duplicate]

I were talking with a person about certain musician and was going to mention a song, that was very different from what the musician... say, ever did. But then I wondered what is the correct tense to ...