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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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, ...
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Why does the tense of a story sometimes suddenly change from past to present, and back again? [closed]

For example in A Room With A View, by E. M. Forster, the tenses suddenly change from past to present or vice versa: Chapter XV: The Disaster Within The Sunday after Miss Bartlett's arrival ...
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Which tense should be used in troubleshooting cases, simple present or simple past?

Which tense should be used in troubleshooting cases, simple present or simple past? I've seen examples where simple present is used. But what if a specific date is provided in the case. For example: ...
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Will this kind of entanglement of tenses be acceptable? [duplicate]

All dictionaries I consulted say that "nog" is not an English word. (self-made) Will this kind of entanglement of tenses be acceptable for English? At first, I used past tense, then switched to ...
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understanding switch in verb tenses

In the following paragraph, the main discourse started in present tense(ask), but then switched to past tense (might). Why is such a switch allowed? Microeconomists and macroeconomists ask ...
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Troubled understanding verb consistency

The primary tense in the following paragraphs is the present tense. But I have trouble understanding why the two bolded words (could and would) are in past tense.. There are many misconceptions ...
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Switching from present tense to future tense

Probably one of the most important decisions a writer can make is to decide on (and stick to) a narrative voice through which to tell the story. The narrative voice will include two elements, ...
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what is the past tense of “hangar”

Is this question grammatically correct in regards to the word "hangared" pertaining to aircraft. If your aircraft is hangared in another locality, please let us know immediately.
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Trouble understanding change in tense

The paragraph below began with the past tense but soon switched to present tense (highlighted in bold). I am trying to learn tense consistency. I don't know why such switch is allowed. It's very ...
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What to do to control erroneous shift in verb tense?

According to Purdue OWL, the following paragraph is correct: By the time Tom notices the doorbell, it has already rung three times. As usual, he has been listening to loud music on his stereo. ...
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Checking the grammar of the following sentence [duplicate]

I need to check the grammaticality of the following sentence: If I __ a doctor, I would serve the poor. (a) am (b) had been (c) were (d) was I am confused with were and had been since there is ...
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Past simple vs. past perfect

Here is an exercise from Intermediate Language Practice by Michael Vince: (Please note that I have replaced all the blanks in the exercise with the answers given in the answer key.) Put each verb ...
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Present simple or present continuous?

Here is an exercise from Intermediate Language Practice by Michael Vince: Complete the following sentence with a present simple or present continuous form of the words in bold. Pat has ...
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Weird future tense usage

I am now reading The Clean Coder book and have noticed a couple of cases of weird (for non-native speaker) future tense usages. The point of the kata is to train your fingers and your brain. I'll do ...
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What tense uses a modal with “be” and a past tense verb

I am trying to determine the tense of a certain verb group. This group uses a modal/auxiliary with "be" and the past tense of the action verb. Examples: He may be finished. She must be ...
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Can we split English Tenses into 2 * 2 * 2 matrix? [duplicate]

I seem to remember Simple vs continuous Past vs present (no future tense, that's present) Perfect vs "normal" Okay, if we multiply that, we got 2*2*2=8 tenses in English. Am I correct? For ...
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I only watched or I have only watched [duplicate]

If someone ask me "Do you like Indian movie?" Which tenses would fit the answer to the question ? "yes I do. But I watched only some of them" "yes I do. But I have wathed only some of them" "yes I ...
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Rules of thumb on using the correct tense forms and auxiliary verbs

For example, when using "since", you should use "present perfect": Mr Smith _ _ _ the company since 1990. runs has run is running ran Is there any reference on similar rules, ...
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Is it possible to use 'last … ' or any past simple adverbs with the past perfect?

To illustrate what I mean, I give the following example: I had drifted off to sleep last night.
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What is the difference in meaning, if any, between these two past perfect simple and continuous sentences?

Past perfect simple and continuous can normally be used interchangeably with verbs like work, wait, sleep, etc., but I think there have to exist some differences in meaning. I would like you please to ...
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Having or has? What is the best way to say that sentence

I have one question, what is the best way to say that sentence below? Are both grammatically correct? He has been working on mobile development for 4 years and has published more than 15 apps. ...
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How would the use of the past perfect in the 'by the time' clause be understood?

Until recently, I was sure that when past simple and past perfect simple were used in a sentence joined by by the time , past simple would always come in the time clause.I encountered the following ...