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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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 ...
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk with a ...
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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Is this phrase past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

The following phrase I ain't got no money Is it meant to be used for a past action (I didn't get no money) or is it used to mean (I don't get no money right now)? What confuses me is the usage ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Can you switch verb tenses when telling a story, set in the recent past, and describing a living person?

Which of the following, if either, is correct? Each line is the beginning of a new paragraph, but still in the same time (i.e., not swapping between past and present). This morning I left class ...
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What tense to use in a when/if clause?

“I’m afraid I’ll have to take it away when you’ve finished” Is this good English? Shouldn't we use simple present tense in "when" clause when the main sentence is simple future tense? Is “I’m afraid ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Describing completed action [closed]

So, I was having a fight with an English grammar expert with my little knowledge on the following sentence : Products are already being checked. My opponent was telling me that my sentence was ...
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“Should be done by” or “should have been done by”? [duplicate]

Which of these should I use? My test result should be done by last Wednesday. or My test result should have been done by last Wednesday. What is the difference in meaning?
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What tense is “I see that …” [closed]

For example, in "I see that you have a new car." the "I see" seems to imply something like "I am seeing now" or "I noticed", rather than the usual present simple tense connotation of a habit or ...
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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Question on hypotheticals

In the following sentence: We need to approach the two experts and convince them to help. Their contribution will be huge and will advance this field in the company." Regarding the latter half, ...
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Grammar: Did Jim ask you whether you are a virgin? VS Did Jim ask you whether you were a virgin? [duplicate]

How do I form a question based on the following details: At 1pm on Sunday Jim: Are you a virgin? Jane: Yes nothing happened from 1pm to 9pm At 9pm on Sunday: Did Jim ask you whether you were a ...
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Is “What did you just say” grammatically correct?

Should I say: What did you just say? or What have you just said? I find the first one more common. The English grammar textbooks I've read emphasized that "just" refers to the present ...
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Difference in meaning: past perfect and simple past

She lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. or She had lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. Being a non-native speaker, sometimes i get confused.
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Past perfect and perfect continuous: a difference in meaning? [closed]

The pavement was wet, it had been raining. The pavement was wet, it had rained. What's the difference?
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Correct usage of past tenses [closed]

When are these sentences most correct and why? It was a pretty village and all the houses were restored. It was a pretty village and all the houses had been restored. It was a pretty ...
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Is “text” an acceptable past tense? [closed]

Please clarify the correct tense of the word text. Every time I hear somebody say "I text my friend," or "I checked my texts' " it makes me cringe. I understand and use the correct tense, but if I ...
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Is the use of tense correct in this sentence?

John the Prince-the same John would later seek the hidden treasure in the Caribbeans-landed on Puerto Rico. Should it be "seeking"? Since the action of seeking doesn't exist for only a instant.
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Tense of a zero conditional when the main clause is in present perfect

I'm not sure about the terminology so I'll just give examples. Present simple: In 19th century, if you wanted to go to Japan, you had to sail. Past simple: Today, if you want to go to ...
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plain form of seem or past participle? [closed]

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...
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Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense

So, someone from ELL suggested that I ask my question on this forum. I do not want to know if nested flashbacks are okay. I am simply asking about tense. Thanks for the help! Question is below: ...
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On tense: 'realized that the number of something had been increasing'

Why does a sentence like I realized that the number of cars had been increasing sound strange? I googled "realized that the number of * had been increasing", and then I found only three exmples. ...
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I have confusion in using present and past tenses in writing about history of english literature.please this for me [closed]

American literature is also divided into periods for convenience because of its common traits and characteristics. Naturally, the first phase of American literature is of colonial literature. This ...
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Usage of *was going to do* [closed]

The following is an article by Patrick Wintour in The Guardian website. Miliband’s team admitted that they were slow to realise the danger. One close adviser admitted that he was initially ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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When is “backshifting” optional?

In reported speech, tenses are generally backshifted. If what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting is optional. My question is, if someone doesn't backshift the tense ...
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Verb Tense for Recommendation

I am writing a recommendation for a project. My recommendation may or may not be followed, so I have been using conditional present throughout. Examples: The module would be responsible for ... The ...
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A Question about a sort of 'future in the past' usage

I hear this use of "would" many times when recapping a sporting event and was wondering what tense this would be, and if the usage is even proper. The following describes events that happened in a ...
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optional backshifting [duplicate]

I have been asking a lot about optional back shifting. I understand that if what is said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tense is optional. I just have one doubt. If what ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which is correct? Are or were?
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Using the present tense to write about future events as future events

I'm an undergraduate student. Today, I was writing an email to my department's undergrad adviser to request a meeting to discuss what I will study next year. When I began to write the email, I wrote ...
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Question about the usage of “WAS”

I have a question that really confuses me. Imagine I was chatting with my friends in a cafe, and friendA walked out the place for whatever reason. FriendB replied "she was beautiful," in this case ...
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Present Perfect Question

I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately about tenses. But please bear with me here. NASA scientists have decided to delay the space shuttle's launch in order to determine whether ...
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Past Perfect Confusion

In a book these two forms are acceptable: Before a complete version of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women appeared in 1880, the book had been published in two separate volumes. AND ...
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Past Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and ...
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past continuous or present continuous

I'm slightly confused, Shouldn't we stick to the past continuous in this sentence? The Germans began running to the town and when they realized the Jews are escaping, started shooting at them and ...
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Referring to results in past or present tense [closed]

When I am reporting the status of some results, should I use past tense? For example, would it be correct to say, when the test result was announced in the past, "Your test result was failed. I am ...
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There was a rumor + is/was

Could anyone tell me that if the sentence "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." is grammatically correct ? Please advise me. Some say it is correct while others say it is ungrammatical. I'm ...
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…is/was in debt [closed]

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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What is his name again? vs. What was his name again?

Which sentence from the title sounds more natural when asking for clarification about something which has already been discussed? Is one tense preferable overall? Take the following examples: ...
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Which tense is (more) correct in this sentence, the present perfect or past simple?

The sentence is: "These investigations have seen several officials arrested." I'm not sure which tense I should use, the present perfect here seems more natural to me but I can't seem to find a rule ...
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Past vs. present tense in relative clauses in the past

Which sentence is grammatically correct, and why? He wrote a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice. He wrote a didactic novel that sets out to expose social injustice.
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Why is “earnt” not a word? [duplicate]

Being an Australian I am accustomed to -t past tenses like learnt and spelt, so naturally I would write and say "earnt". However, when I wrote "earnt" in an email, Outlook underlined it as a misspelt ...
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Grammar - which tense should I use [closed]

I work with xyz pvt ltd, and I joined that company in 2011 and am still working there. I simply want to tell this to the HR Executive during the interview. What is the grammatically correct way to ...
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Simple vs Continuous in the Past Tense and in the Future Tense

Even though I understand the difference between the simple and the continuous aspect of the English tense system, I sometimes struggle to understand what each of these two aspects expresses in some ...