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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Mixing tenses in past tense fiction

In past tense works (novels, etc.) is there a place for some present tense verbs, such as "think" or "know" or "was." Example: I turned to leave, and he didn't try to stop me. I think I surprised ...
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Sequence of tenses in elaborate sentences?

Sorry I've been pelting you with my linguistic questions lately, but since I'm trying to do my best to make my English perfect, I just have to keep bothering you :) Today's question regards ...
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'wanted' or 'had wanted'

Should I use wanted or had wanted here? Ukrainians wanted to join the EU even before Russia occupied the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainians had wanted to join the EU even before ...
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Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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While I was waiting for [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? I want to say that I waited the time that the bus would leave the terminal in the past tense. While I was waiting for the bus leaves, a man came to talk to me. ...
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Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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What tense should I use? [closed]

My native language isn't English. What tense should I use to describe some actions/activities: present simple or present continuous? I don't mean actions/activities that are happening right now. For ...
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Past Simple vs. Past Progressive

I've been noticing in conversations that people often use past or present or future progressive where I would normally use past, present or future simple. I know some rules about interrupted actions ...
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past tense in adverbial phrases that does not mean past time

There are times when we use past tense to refer to future, like in the following sentences: We'd manage the funds until he came of age. You'd get helpers until you got older. The background behind ...
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Which tense is to be applied to this sentence?

What this experience revealed to me was that for an education program to be truly international, it needs to condescend to be local at first, because human habits are highly entangled with and ...
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punctuation if dash introduces question-sentences

He worried--why X; what will happen if Y? It seems that this construction expresses the idea best, but it creates a few punctuation questions. Should the first semicolon be question-mark? Is there ...
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“When people do make changes” - which tense is this?

Which tense are sentences like: "When people do make changes good things happen" "Even if monkeys can play an important role, their actions can pose risk to the general public"
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“Supposing Jane ______ with us, what would you do?”

In this sentence: Supposing Jane ______ with us, what would you do? The available options for filling in that blank were: would come came will come has come is coming Could I know which is ...
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Simple present or present continuous?

It____(rain) frequently in London. This is the sentence that I am confused with. I have been told that with 'permanent' ideas comes simple present and with 'temporary ' ideas comes present continuous. ...
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Using an empty verbs? [duplicate]

I wonder what it is a difference between this two variants: We spoke about something. We were speak about something. So how I understand this: two sentences is in same aspect the Past Simple tense. ...
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I recommend vs. I would recommend

I just realized that throughout my life I have interchanged "I recommend that you do X" and "I would recommend that you do X". Is there a difference in their meanings in modern-day usage, or are they ...
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Help with the following words in a sentence [duplicate]

Hi should I say "I am declaring [a country] my children and I’s ordinarily resident country" or should I use another phrase for "my children and I's" ? Thank you
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What are reasons for using Present Continuous instead of Present Simple?

AFAIK, the word "see" cannot appear in Continuous Tenses. But today I have met it in that tense in some text that is obviously not too informal. "Somewhat like the shields created by force fields ...
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“If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be…” What does this mean?

I'm translating a book, which involves logic and quoted the sentence from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: "If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ...
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present or future with “whichever … sooner”?

Recently I was writing a formal letter to governmental bodies for some request. And one of the sentences was this: I will leave the State by the time of expiration of my permission or my intended ...
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Which is the most appropriate verb tense and mood for this text?

Access or use of this system without authorization or in excess of authorization either express or implied may subject violators to criminal and civil action. On top of that we would probably ...
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past perfect tense and comma usage in Churchill's book

I'm reading a book called "My early life" by Winston Churchill. "I was working in the saloon of the Indiaman, and had reached an exciting point in my story." 1) why did he put comma before "and had ...
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Did I know + loved or Did I know + love [closed]

Which of the following sentence is correct and why? Please help. Not until he died, did I know how much I loved him. Not until he died, did I know how much I love him.
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How to ask “why would I have regretted it”?

If someone asked me if I regretted something, how can I express if even his/her assumption that I regretted something surprises me? In my mother tongue I would answer with a question like "why would I ...
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Why “hadn’t gone” and not “didn’t go”?

I came across this sentence: We thought that Joe didn’t go to the museum with the rest of the class. It says it’s an incorrect construction and it should be: We thought that Joe hadn’t gone ...
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In writing and speaking, which one can I use? have took or taken [closed]

Which one is correct? I have took the class or I have taken the class? Would it be ok it I use I have took in spoken language?
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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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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 ...