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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Tense of verb in “We demand…” [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: We demand that the university close all bookstores on Sunday. The hypothetical "close" is not in the normal present tense "closes" that I would use if I were to describe ...
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present perfect or past simple

Never since Nietzsche has anyone undertaken such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. Never since Nietzsche did anyone undertake such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. What's the correct form?
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Present perfect simple, yes but why?

Although very often the present perfect simple and progressive forms can be used interchangeably. Why is the simple form necessary here. "They have completely restored their home " is it because of ...
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Usage of Past Perfect in “After something…”

I have been doing a couple of SAT and exam writing problems and I have noticed this following trend. Usually you have a couple of sentences like this: "After she had eaten her food she went ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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Why the future tense? [duplicate]

When we have trouble with starting a car we say "Oh no, the car won't start." Why do we use future tense here?
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Using the present tense in writing a biblical commentary [duplicate]

In writing a commentary on the Gospels, which involves an elaboration upon what the characters did, would it be possible to use the present tense? For example, "Jesus arrives in Galilee and makes his ...
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Where is the difference in meaning here? [closed]

Difference in meaning between: I haven’t eaten anything all day. I have not been eating all day. thank you very much :)
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Conditionals -type 2 and 3

Just to save your time, I know the difference between type 2 and 3, but I got confused about the following statement. -If you went to bed earlier, you would not be so tired. I was thinking ...
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“I would have given you everything I have.”

I've run across this sentence on a language learning forum, and it claims to be an example of perfect tense. It's been many years since I've had a formal grammar lesson, but this appears to me to be ...
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“I thought we talked…” vs. “I thought we had talked…” [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker and I find English quite difficult and confusing and one of the reasons is because of its tenses—which I find challenging and rewarding once everything becomes ...
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“Why don't they help him?” Why do we use simple present here?

THE SETTING You are walking in the street and you see an old man on the other side stumble and fall to the ground. He tries to get up but he can’t. Nobody is helping him. You say, to no-one in ...
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Please explain the tenses in the second line

It's a pretty famous poem from Kipling's "Just So Stories." It begins thus: I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and ...
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“Were” rather than “would have been”: when did that change?

Please read the following stanza from Byron's "Don Juan": Amongst her numerous acquaintance, all Selected for discretion and devotion, There was the Donna Julia, whom to call Pretty ...
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Is this sentence correct, or am I switching tenses incorrectly?

As my health improved, I began to get involved in the local community—participating in committees, organizing projects, and networking with others to effect positive change. Is it okay to switch ...
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How do you refer to something you will go back in time and do? [closed]

This is quite confusing for me, do you refer to it in future tense, past tense or would there need to be a new tense?
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The King Rides. Is there a name for this?

There's a line in Mark Twain's "Yankee" that goes like this: "And so it might be, if he were sleeping," I said, "but the king is not sleeping, the king rides." The simple present here doesn't ...
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Is it possible to write

Is it possible to write: they were driving for an hour, then they stopped near the cafe. ? I mean, are the tenses I've used correct?
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What exactly is being parodied here?

In Douglas Adams' "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe," there is a passage about tenses. The author "explains" that the biggest problem with time travel is, in fact, the difficulties travelers ...
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Is it would had been or would have been? [closed]

Im not sure i understand the correct grammar for this sentence: Yes, it would have been very awkward. or Yes, it would had been very awkward. it's referring to a time in the past. What are the ...
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What is the tense/verb phrase of & meaning of sentence: 'It’s raining outside'. Is it present tense & nothing more?

I am really struggling with tense/verb phrase without an action. I have been researching all the tense/verb phrases I am aware of but is it just 'present tense' & nothing more? As for meaning, I ...
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What is the tense/verb phrase of: I was not used to their accents [closed]

Really struggling to understand tenses that do not have an action & I have looked up everything I think it is but it does not appear to qualify/be correct. I have been staring at this for hours. ...
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Mark Twain and the tenses

Maybe I'm being too pedantic for my own good, but here's the thing. There is in Mark Twain's short story titled Journalism in Tennessee a passage in which, if you take a good close look, the simple ...
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Tense used for things that happen before a book

Which of the following tenses would be correct? In The Bacchae, Dionysus intends to avenge the actions of Agave, Autonoe, and Ino, who [had publicly humiliated]/[publicly humiliated]/[publicly ...
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Registration: “is” or “are”? [closed]

Which is the proper usage in this sentence: Registration for talks is free. or Registration for talks are free.
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How do you describe an organization attaining a certain age?

Is it correct to say "Google will turn 18 in 2016"? What is a better way to describe an organization attaining a certain age (in all tenses)?
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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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Do you know if he didn't go to the party? Is this question correct?

I was wondering if this question is correct or not? and if not, why not? Do you know if he didn't go to the party? It sounds kind of strange. I feel 'Do you know if he went to the party?' ...
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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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New way of understanding the present perfect tense

I've always struggled with the present perfect tense, as probably many non-native speakers do. The way I learnt the perfect tense in school always involved these so-called signal words that one had to ...
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grammar of “try as I might”

I understand the phrase "try as I might..." to mean "I'm trying very hard and still..." and I'm comfortable using it in the present tense. However, I don't understand the grammar of the phrase and ...
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Present perfect vs. Past perfect tense used in newspaper story [closed]

I've been asking a lot about backshifting of tenses for quite some time and I have come across many articles/blogs where this so-called rule is not always followed unlike notable grammar books. For ...
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Big Jet Plane. “She drive me crazy”

I'm only learning English, so I'm sorry for my mistakes. Here's words from song Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane. She drive me crazy. I thought, here should be "she drives me crazy". Pls, ...
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In a story written in past tense, is using present tense grammatically correct in the narration?

For example, just something quickly made up: Sam started to run from the house to the nearby forest. The freezing weather caused him to shiver, but the warmth from running very rapidly heated up ...
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Past Perfect and Past Simple in AmE

I've recently been told that Past Perfect and Past Simple tenses are interchangeable in AmE. I know that it is possible to use the Past Simple tense instead of the Present Perfect one in AmE but have ...
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Using verbs correctly when mixing past and future tenses

A: Why did you call me last night? B: I just wanted to know if I could use your car when/whenever my girlfriend asks me to pick her up at her home. I would like to know if the verbs in bold are in ...
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Can “should” be used in first-person, past-tense narration?

Consider this excerpt from fiction in which the character is considering a course of action: We weren’t making any progress. Every suggestion I made seemed to make him angrier. Maybe I should ...
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Should I use “did” or “had” to ask questions in the past-tense?

Example (this is past-tense narrative): I thought about the motivation of the killer. Did he hate his wife? I thought about the motivation of the killer. Had he hated his wife? I did some ...
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What is the tense of “we are needing” [duplicate]

What rule does this violate? I know that it's wrong, but what is this tense or of what tense is it not a proper form? I hear these a lot: we are needing or we are wanting instead of we need or we ...
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Simple Future vs Future Perfect [closed]

Mother: Have you completed your homework? 1. Son: I will complete my homework before 6 P.M. 2. Son: I will have completed my homework before 6 P.M. Are both sentences 1 and 2 correct? Which one is ...
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What's the tense for remarking a thing happened in the past? [closed]

Shall I change That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar is really funny. to That Bilbo said he was a legendary burglar was really funny. ?
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Past or present in: “Why was it imporant that he rub” / “Why was it important that he rubbed” [closed]

(1) Why was it important that Andrew rub the robot with grease? (2) Why was it important that Andrew rubbed the robot with grease? Are both acceptable? Is there a nuance suggested by one which isn't ...
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Is “little does he know” correct?

This expression is usually used in past tense ("little did he know") but can it also be used in present tense?
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In what cases can present progressive be used to describe irritating situations?

It is said, that when describing repeated situations that irriate you, one can use present progressive, but the answer to the test says that I have to usre present tense as folllows. I hate ...
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Verb Tense question:

I'm writing in the past tense, but this sentence needs to be in past perfect. Is this correct? "When they had the chance, they had fought their way out." Or should it be: "When they'd had the ...
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How to use tense when saying something happened several days ago?

I'm confused when saying something happened in the past, I know the basic rule for using the past tense, like, I went to the church yesterday. But it's always hard for me to write a complex ...
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Use of is and was

Which one is correct? As I told you before, my manager is pregnant and is due in two months. or As I told you before, my manager was pregnant and was due in two months.
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What is the correct form after “as well as”? [closed]

What is the correct form after as well as? App lets you send free messages (SMS, MMS, location-sharing) as well as make free calls to other App users on iPhone. or App lets you send free ...
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Second Conditional in English

I would like to know the difference between the following two sentences: If I had money, I would have gone to the USA. If I had money, I would go to the USA. Which of the above two would you ...