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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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.
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Tenses in sentences

I have been taught to use only one tense in one sentence/paragraph, but I've always been confused... For example, in the following sentence: "In one study, there were only deficits observed in ...
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“I had no sooner returned than I turned on” vs. “I have no sooner returned than I turn on”

Context: As a teacher who loves writing, I am interested in posting messages on the twitter. Which of the following options is correct? Please explain the reasoning. I am so interested in ...
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A question about the usage of the word “occur” [duplicate]

I have read a sentence including occur in New Concept English, a well-known English reference book focusing on rules of British English. And in order to fully grasp the word, I tried to make a ...
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A question about the usage of Past Perfect Tense

I read a paragraph in a book: Three months passed and then one morning, he found his wallet outside his front gate. It had been wrapped up in newspaper and contained half the money he had ...
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'Went missing' / 'was missing'

In the following two paragraphs the phrase went missing was originally supposed to be was missing. Can I still use it as is? We went to the cinema yesterday. When we were about to leave, I saw ...
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about present tense and past tense

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? I really don't know what she would like to have for a birthday present, so I bought a purse. I really didn't know what she would ...
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Why is the past tense used in this scenario?

Forms for user login typically contain links like these: Forgot password? I forgot my password Why is the past tense used? I would expect present perfect. I mean: I have forgotten my ...
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Is it appropriate to use “would” here?

Suppose that my boss had a talk with me yesterday morning. He told me “You will have a meeting next week.” After a while, I called my wife and told her what the boss said. At the time, can I say to my ...
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In how many inflectional forms can a verb be written English?

I want to know the number of inflectional forms of a verb. I came to know from one of my colleagues that a verb has 13 inflectional forms ('conjugations,' that's what he named it). Is it true?
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I was wondering which tense should be used in the following sentences

Suppose it is now 12 o’clock at noon and I want to tell my mother I will have three meetings: one in the afternoon, one three days later, and one in several months. If I spoke at 9 in the morning, ...
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“If he saw that he should act” or “If he sees that he should act”

If he saw that he should act immediately or If he sees that he should act immediately Any differences betweeen these?
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Is “having have been” / “having have eaten” grammatically correct? Is it a verb tense?

Some examples of a weird thing I found. I want to call it a verb tense, but I'm not sure that's accurate: "24.6% reported having have been injured due to excessive consumption of alcohol." "When I ...
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Should not the tenses in the sentence be the same?

In the third century BC, when Roman ambassadors were negotiating with the Greek city of Tarentum, an ill-judged laugh put paid to any hope of peace. Ancient writers disagree about the exact ...
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He was to get an ice cream, is to , was to . Be to + infinitive

Can someone explain how this works ? Is this passive ? He was to get an ice cream or He was to have done something I am to do that . Is this wrong ? How can we change these sentences without ...
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I have had had a question

You can say, "I have a question." You can say, "I have had a question for a long time." Right? But what about, "I have had had a question ..."? Optional side question: how do you punctuate the ...
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Is it very necessary to use past perfect tense here?

Context: Yesterday, I met my first girl friend. She was beautiful when I first saw her ten years ago. Yesterday, I thought she was beautiful as ever. Questions: If I try to use only one ...
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Should I use “as a song goes” or “as …went”?

When I was a small boy, or as a famous song went (goes), when I was shorter than a Christmas tree, I fell in love with a little girl. (self-made) The “as song went” seems to match the tense ...
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Present tense vs. future tense following a conditional

If you ask without any background, many people are likely to assume you are just too lazy to do the work yourself. If you ask without any background, many people will likely assume you are ...
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Are you exercising tonight or Do you have an exercise?

I have a US Army friend and he had a military exercise a few months ago. I texted him Are you exercising tonight? during exercise period. I learnt that present continuous can be used for ...
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Archaic conjugation of common verbs?

I'm looking for an online resource to list conjugation of some of most common English verbs (to be, to get, to do, to have etc.) in their archaic (Early Modern) forms. In particular, I'd be interested ...
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Why the Simple-Present “closes” in “thousands will see the exhibit by the time it closes”?

Consider the sentence: Thousands of people will see the art exhibit by the time it closes. The first part of this sentence is in Future Simple, which seems correct as it is something to be ...
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“as such that” vs. “such that”

I would like to see if the following sentence is correct: (context: the tool performs an analysis during which alarms may be raised) 1. we had set up the tool such that a raised alarm stops the ...
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How to choose tenses in this situation?

Yesterday, I went to a restaurant, drinking some beer with a friend whom I had not seen for several years. I found that he had changed very much. He was lean, now he was very fat...(self-made) I ...
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What does “Compound Tense” mean? [closed]

I have problems with learning about "Compound Tenses". Please help me.
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Matching tenses of sentences

I'm writing to enquire whether there is a need for ... Wishing to be a part of your team thought the best way to go about it was to ask you directly. My background is mostly with ... but my ...
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Is it correct to say [closed]

Is it correct to say "There used to be abandoned cotteges and now it was replaced with nice hotels."?
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“Has preserved” or “has been preserved”

Which is correct? Roman temples have not preserved in their original condition Roman temples have not been preserved in their original condition
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Would have done

Please read the following passage. I will post my question at the end of it. Here is the passage: At home I locked myself in. Jason, my lawyer and lyn sent texts simultaneously at the point the ...
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Is it grammatically correct to change tense in a sentence? [duplicate]

When writing a sentence, can I change from past-tense to present-tense in the middle of it? For example, Joey realized that the ball is green. or Joey realized that the ball was green. I ...
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“was” or “were” in the context of “X wishes that he [was / were] Y” [duplicate]

If you are saying that somebody wishes that they could have been somebody else, which would be more correct: E from the eels wishes he was Elliott Smith or E from the eels wishes he were Elliott ...
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english language - present perfect [duplicate]

is 'have got' the present perfect form of 'get' for example is I have got a coffee the present perfect form of I get a coffee
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Can I use the past progressive here?

Let's say I am at the train station and I missed the train, I still see it driving off. I would naturally say to myself: 'Damn, that was the train I was hoping to get.' Would that be wrong? If not, ...