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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
1answer
62 views

How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use ...
0
votes
1answer
133 views

Reported speech, question in a conditional sentence

I've been struggling with this exercise: "Let's drive on to the next village and try the hotel there," he said. "But what'll we do if that's full too?" I said. "We'll just have to sleep in the car," ...
3
votes
3answers
459 views

Usage of Present Perfect and Past Simple in answer

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy and I have a question about Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back on Friday. ...
0
votes
2answers
346 views

Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
-1
votes
1answer
64 views

Is it correct to use past simple in the following sentence?

This is the first time that I watched this film Can I use another forms here?
-2
votes
2answers
114 views

Can't get right meaning of the sentence [closed]

I have an exercise as follows. I must .......... . my car have repaired my car be repaired have my car repaired repaired Can't get correct meaning of the sentence. Can somebody help me?
3
votes
1answer
638 views

“I'll keep you company while you wait” or “I'll keep you company while you're waiting”

I know that while, like after, before, when, as soon as introduce time clauses, which require the present simple: I'll keep you company while you wait. But so many of the students have used the ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past

I've found this sentence in a grammar site : "you'll surely pass the exam if you studied hard" (independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past) Wouldn't be more natural : "...if ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

Simple past or present perfect when describing a series of recent actions

I, as an American, would opt for the simple past rather than the present perfect in the following sentence: Today she has gone to a class, and after that she has been shopping. Is this sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

A grammar tense question

Can you tell me whether the " have found " written on the fourth line (bold) of the following sentence is the correct tense to be used? Should it just be " found " instead of " have found "? Please ...
2
votes
2answers
701 views

Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
4
votes
1answer
83 views

Should “The history of X” be followed by “began” or “begins”?

This BBC page states The history of life on Earth began about 3.8 billion years ago... Similarly, this one states The history of Canterbury's religious significance began with the Romans... ...
2
votes
1answer
185 views

Past-tense verb + that clause: clause has to use past tense?

I am writing a subordinate clause in the "Related Work" section of my academic paper. Which is correct? In [1], Smith et al. pointed out that the solution is feasible. OR In [1], Smith et ...
0
votes
1answer
166 views

What tense should I use here? Present perfect/past simple

It's been two years since the accident and she (forgot or has forgotten?) her lesson.
0
votes
0answers
14 views

What's more appropriate to use— make or made? [duplicate]

Answers did not "make" us this far or Answers did not "made" us this far
0
votes
3answers
161 views

Another Achievement Verbs with the Progressive Aspect

I am a reading a book called, The Teacher's Grammar of English. Achievement verbs have previously been mentioned here. Many of you might be familiar with the matter. The sentences below are ...
2
votes
1answer
699 views

“Did you just…” present or past tense?

Consider the following two statements, and the tenses. Did you win? You just won. But what about *Did you just __ a camera*? Would it be followed by win or won?
0
votes
0answers
35 views

confusion of dont vs doesnt [duplicate]

i have heard that it should does/does not for he/she/it and do/don't for i/you/we/they But I am confused when i always get to hear people talking do and don't for he/she Even in a lecture i listened ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Is it possible to describe an event tensed ambiguously?

If an event will occur in the future I might say: There will be an event and it will have a number of features. If it occurs in the past I might say: There was an event and it had a number of ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
4
votes
4answers
273 views

verb or adjective in “The blue page is *stapled* to the red page”?

Consider the following sentence. The blue page is stapled to the red page. Although "stapled" is (apparently) past-tense, nonetheless the above sentence is clearly expressing something about the ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

“ It was a pleasure knowing”, “It was a pleasure to have known”, or “It was a pleasure to know”?

I am in the process of ordering a headstone for my dad and I wish to have the words It was a pleasure to have known (as opposed to the more traditional "in loving remembrance", "in memory of", ...
0
votes
2answers
347 views

have gone to or have been to?

I saw the following sentence by a contributor at alt.usage.english. I am puzzled by his usage of 'have gone to'. Why didn't he say 'have been to'? I always think 'have been to' is about experience, ...
-1
votes
1answer
685 views

Is “did you thought” a valid expression? [closed]

I saw a picture earlier that had a line that said "Did you thought, that was me?" and wondered, "Isn't it supposed to be 'Did you think [...]'?". However, after using Google, I found this phrase ...
2
votes
2answers
358 views

Mixing verb tenses involving a Past-Belief/Thought/Attitude about timeless facts

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? 1.) Oscar believed that the sum of two and two is four. In this case it seems to make the most sense to mix the past tense "believed" with the ...
-1
votes
2answers
64 views

Which one is grammatically correct? [closed]

a. I didn't realize that you were a cop. or b. I didn't realized that you were a cop.
0
votes
2answers
80 views

If two clauses are connected by “and”, do they necessarily have the same tenses?

If two sentences are connected by "and", do they necessarily have the same tenses? For example, is the following sentence correct? "I enjoyed the trip, and I like the food"
1
vote
1answer
88 views

What tense are wishes, not questions that start with “I wish…”

Given a wish of the form, "May he rest in peace," what tense is being used?
1
vote
2answers
706 views

I saw her dance/dancing? I saw a flash of lightning strike/striking? I caught her steal/stealing?

Meta: I found a very similar post asking the difference between "I saw him cross" and "I saw him crossing". I have three additional questions on sentences of this form. In the post I am referring ...
3
votes
5answers
333 views

past simple vs past perfect

My question might seem to be stupid enough, it's basic grammar, I believe; however, I'm at my wits' end. Should we use Past perfect or Past Simple in the following sentence: He promised/ had ...
1
vote
2answers
191 views

Is there any difference in verb tense after the phrase “Isn't it about time you”

Isn't it about time you left the hospital? vs Isn't it about time you leave the hospital? or Isn't it about time you forgave yourself? vs Isn't it about time you forgive yourself?
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Should it be… 'The day you become Mrs' or 'The day you became Mrs'? [closed]

I am looking to get something engraved and wondered if it should read 'the day you become Mrs' or 'the day you became'. Many thanks for your help in advance!
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Can anyone tell me the tense changes in this sentence

I saw this in my school's newspaper--what are the tense changes? "Starting Thursday February 6th, sports fans around the world had been on the edge on the edge of their seats as the Winter Olympics ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Was + past participle [duplicate]

Is such phrase is correct? A request was sent to somewhere. Something is telling me that sentence below is correct one. A request has been sent to somewhere.
2
votes
2answers
588 views

Should I use present tense in reporting speech?

Should I use present tense in reported speech? I have both sentences and not sure which one is correct: (1) Peter mentioned that the formula A is based on formula B. (2) Peter mentioned that the ...
2
votes
1answer
157 views

Dubious Tenses in Airline Preflight Speech

I fly a lot of places (usually within the United States). When I take Delta, the flight attendants seem to recite (with minor differences) a prepared preflight speech detailing safety information. ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

You “had left” or “left” a message? [duplicate]

I heard a voice mail message in the evening. What should I say: "You had left a message for me" or "you left a message for me"?
-1
votes
1answer
94 views

What are the differences between “want to pass”, “want pass” and “want passing”?

Would you kindly tell me what is the difference between the followings? I want you to pass your exams so that you can come as soon as possible to be with me. I want you pass your exams so ...
1
vote
1answer
471 views

“I [had] visited them two months ago” [duplicate]

A. I had visited them two months ago. B. I visited them two months ago. Which one is correct?
0
votes
2answers
436 views

Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

Is there a name for configurations such as “I will have had…”?

Consider these two examples, I will have had eaten by that time. I will have had been working there for five years. To me, the first sentence seems to express the proposition that, it is the ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Changing tenses

I am a sports writer and was wondering if this sentence is wrong because it starts in the past tense and changes to past participle "Sophomore Chelsea Vujs recorded a double-double by scoring a ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
3
votes
2answers
182 views

What would be the difference between past and present tense here?

1.) I assumed you were the type who kept your promises. vs. 2.) I assumed you were the type who keeps your promises.
0
votes
0answers
7 views

All tenses for a given word [duplicate]

Is there any website to learn all tenses for a given regular verb or irregular verb with search option. I've searched on google. But i'm not get exact website url. If anyone knows share with me.
4
votes
2answers
134 views

Why the word building is used insead of using built?

We used to say the word as building. Generally, we use the gerund form in the present continuous tense. Why are we using the word building when it is already built?
0
votes
1answer
183 views

Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Which of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today. He wants to do the work" or "I talked with him today. He wants to do the work." Which tense I need to use at the sentence? ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Changing verb tenses in a sample paragraph

I'm trying to clear some confusion I have when writing in different verb tenses. I found Purdow OWL's tutorial, but the explanation is not clear to me. Here's the example from the website: Example 2: ...
0
votes
1answer
6k views

What is the difference between “have had” and “had”?

I have had letters delivered to me that had abuses. I had letters delivered to me that had abuses.
0
votes
2answers
233 views

Past Perfect Continuous/Past Perfect or?

Which tense should I use in the following example? Is it OK to use the Past Perfect Continuous if I want to explain to someone that I had been working in some company for 10 years, without mentioning ...