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 tense is “acknowledge” in “provided he acknowledge”?

The Texas Constitution has a sentence that ends with the phrase "provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." What tense is the verb "acknowledge" in here?
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He is the only/first player who has won GS twice

He is the only player who has won GS twice. He is the first player who has won GS twice. Are both sentences grammatically valid? If the tennis player is still active, can I use the present ...
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Can I use a noun phrase with “after” or “before” to talk about specific past events or “past perfect” is required?

I know that gerunds can be used with before or after in the present tense when talking about facts: I always turn off the lights before going to bed. But can I use a gerund with "after" or "...
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“Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about” — why the progressive tense?

Consider the two sentences: Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about. Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I talk about. I think the first one should be ...
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When constructing a hypothetical sentence, do I have to keep all the tenses in the past?

If I bought that book, it would be so I had something to give to you on your birthday. Now, as far as i know, in hypothetical sentences, you have to backshift all tenses one step to the past. So: ...
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Is a past tense protasis necessarily hypothetical when followed by an apodosis with “would have”?

Is a protasis with a verb in the past tense necessarily interpreted as a hypothetical condition when followed by an apodosis with "would have" + past participle? For example, is the sentence If ...
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Combining past and present tense

I get a bit confused when you can and can't combine the present and past tense. For example, look at the following sentence: When the plane landed, I looked out the window because I wanted to see ...
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Omitting “will” from a sentence

I am writing an essay and I am not sure whether I should place "will" in this sentence or not. The experience I will gain living in Panama will assist me in understanding how Central Americans ...
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“hadn't thought” vs. “didn't think”

Which is correct? It was late and I was trying to do your package quickly and hadn't thought that I could put everything together. or It was late and I was trying to do your package quickly ...
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What's the difference between “wasn't” and “hadn't”?

Simon was feeling exhausted because____ A) the baby wasn't sleeping all night B) the baby hadn't slept all night My book says choice "B" is correct, but I cannot understand why. Specifically, I ...
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Tense problems : present tense or past tense?

Tense problems. Can anyone help me with the following in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11: Qudditch, page 135: (1) That's where he was going when we saw him (2) he's ...
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To be “hung, drawn and quartered”, or to be “hanged, drawn and quartered”?

I have always used the former, both as an idiom (to be severely punished, often used as a superlative in jest) and in reference to the historical form of capital punishment. I have always used hanged ...
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How do I say “now it holds” in past tense?

I'm writing a short story, and came across a weird grammar issue. Here's a simplified snippet: The holding cell was spacious, originally intended to hold a dozen prisoners. But now it held a ...
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What the difference between “Did you hear..?” and “Have you heard..?” [duplicate]

Q: ____ you ____ about the accident last week? A: Yes, the boys were driving along Court Street when a motorcycle hit the car.
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Introducing reported speech- has said/ said

Please consider the following sentences: Jane Smith has said her son cries when she comes back home. Jane Smith said her son cries when she comes back home. Dave Bloggs has told me what ...
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Using “will” and “won't” for habits

According to a grammar book (Advanced Grammar in Use,3rd Edition) we can use "will" in order to describe a particular habit in the present. e.g. Everyday he will wake up at 7 am and eat his breakfast. ...
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Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?

It has been suggested in some quarters that had have, followed by a past participle, is a regionalism that has no place in standard English grammar. If I had have known you were coming, I would have ...
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“hadn't have killed” vs “hadn't killed”

Can someone help? "Dave killed Peter." Dave asked Susan, "why was Peter here?" Susan said, "Maybe he would have told you if you hadn't have killed him." Would there have been any difference if she ...
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What kind of tense should I use in this paraphrased sentence?

Our English teacher wants us to paraphrase some sentences from an article (published in 2000, written by Froning) used as evidences in our critical paragraphs, and here is a model answer for me to ...
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Already before/Even before becoming + was/had been recognized

Already/Even before becoming an engineer, he was/had been recognized as a talented chef. Which of the options sounds better/is more correct? Since he became an engineer in the past, and he had been ...
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Simple present and present continuous in the same phrase

''I hunger for sand! I yearn for a desert, pining for a draught...'' Is this sentence (the second, that is) from above grammatically right? I mean, can I use the two present tenses, simple and ...
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“I hit Tom, and then he HIT me back” or “I hit Tom, and then he HITS me back”?

Good day to everyone. I just one to ask which one do you think is correct? "I hit Tom, and then he HIT me back" or "I hit Tom, and then he HITS me back"? First of all, I the pronoun "He" is a ...
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Present perfect/Past simple - 2 structures which work differently?

I´ve got a problem to understand how work present perfect/past simple in these two strucures. I will be really grateful for any kind of help. 1.structure I played in two finals this season. I have ...
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Tenses: why does this sound awkward?

It looks okay. Why does it sound awkward, then: They wanted her to leave. They did not say so openly, but many of them looked so relieved when she headed for the door that it might be implied. ...
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“I'm always (being) asked silly questions!” Doesn't the continuous verb form sound a bit awkward compared to the simple one?

In order to emphasise the annoying aspect of a habit – be it someone else's or one's own – a continuous tense instead of a simple one is used: People are always asking me silly questions! ...
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“He made me think I'm late” or “He made me think I was late”?

Which is one is correct? He made me think I'm late Or He made me think I was late ?
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Correct use of past perfect?

This is all about one question but I had to create some context for that sentence to make it sound as natural as possible. Is that sentence with past perfect correct? Telling a story about my best ...
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Using references to the present in past tense narrative

I am writing a Young Adult novel with narrative in the past tense however I want to include some words such as now, this, tonight, etc that indicate present but don't know if I can. However, I am ...
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Is it we “held a wake” or “we waked for his life”? [closed]

Can wake be used as a verb and a noun. I've seen wake used as a noun such as an event or period. "The wake will be on this date", "we will arrange a wake to show our thankfulness for having this ...
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A better alternative to “has and will inspire…”? [closed]

If you could rewrite the sentence "XYZ has and will inspire many people to...." how would you do it? The intent is XYZ has done a lot of inspiring work in past. He is still at his prime and ...
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How does “ain't” work?

From what I know, "ain't" works as a negation is any tense or form. However, it doesn't take the form of the (first/second/third) person or the tense and so the verb following it does. What I mean is: ...
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Can you use past tense, past perfect tense or present tense with if? Consider the examples:

Which of the following is correct? 1.) What should you do if the events in your story have happened in real life just when you finished writing it? 2.) What should you do if the events in your ...
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“I was honored to have known him” grammar

Could someone explain to me the grammar of the second sentence below? Why is it to have known and not to know? He was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. I was honored to have ...
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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 that,...
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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 clear—...
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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 ...