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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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... ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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 ...
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“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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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. ...
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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 ...
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“ 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", ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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"
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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!
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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"?
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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 ...
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“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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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? ...
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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: ...
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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.
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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 ...
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Past tense or present tense to describe something that happened in the past but is still true?

For example: "Last week, I found out that NASA stands for 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration.'" or "Last week, I found out that NASA stood for 'National Aeronautics and Space ...
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how to use “has been” [duplicate]

I had been preparing for a tennis event since March, but it has been postponed until next year. Question: Can "it has been postponed" be replaced with "was postponed" grammatically without changing ...
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Matching verb tenses when starting a sentence with “this”

The phrase in question is "This allows his arms to naturally accelerate through the bottom of his swing and unleashes a lot of power on the ball." My question is about the proper tense of the verb, ...
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“only if we ignored X, might Y happen”?

In spite of the general guidance on conditionals found on this site, I am struggling with which tenses to use in the following sentence to properly convey what I mean: Only if we ignored these ...
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Tense to use when describing a written work

I'm writing a book report and I'm mot sure which tense should I use to describe the story in it. The story in the book is set in the past time. So I wonder whether I might use the simple past tense or ...
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“Is” or “was” written by?

We usually speak of the events of a work of fiction in present tense, even though they may clearly have happened in the past: "Macbeth hallucinates a dagger floating before him." This is because the ...
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More on charting tenses [closed]

I saw an interesting post on here that shows tenses in a chart. I use an even more schematic chart to explain active tenses to foreign students. Given that you are all linguists I'd like to know ...