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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Can Present Participle verbs be used in Past tense stories?

I'm writing a 3rd person story in the past tense. I'm asking the above question because I noticed Roald Dahl used present particles instead of past particles in The BFG. The BFG, with Sophie ...
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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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Why isn't the progressive a “tense”?

Why aren't the 'progressive' verbal constructions (such as 'I am talking') regarded as tenses in traditional grammar? "There is no consensus, not even among linguists, about what constitutes a ...
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The practical differences between tenses

The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and usage, p.81, says: "The simple tenses (generally) refer to actions that take place at a single moment in time…The three perfect tenses, on the other ...
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Which one of these is correct?

1 It would make him to being / to be a good person. Which one ,and why?Do both? 2 There is an idiom , 'turn on head'.Eg- turn the game on its head. It will turn the placement on its head. But 'It ...
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What tense should I use in the following case?

I'm describing something in the past tense. However, that something repeats over and over again. What is more correct? A ball destroyed a vase. It was an infinite loop. The ball bounced up. It hit ...
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Are these grammatically correct sentences-also tensewise?

1 Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. It should be 'who has committed'? 2 Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran ...
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Picture/ Cartoon Description - Describing somebody's clothing - “to wear” in present simple or continuous form?

If I need to describe somebody's clothing in a picture/photograph/cartoon description, would I need to use the verb "to wear" in the present simple or in the present continuous? Is "to wear" more of ...
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Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense

So, someone from ELL suggested that I ask my question on this forum. I do not want to know if nested flashbacks are okay. I am simply asking about tense. Thanks for the help! Question is below: ...
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What are the differences between the following sentences

When the statement is written... When the statement has written... Is the first sentence using "written" as an adjective? Is the second sentence using the perfect-present tense? Do the two ...
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Use of Tense after “if it” [on hold]

if it rains i will take an umbrella (Talking about future) if it had rained i would have taken an umbrella (talking of rain if happened in past) Do you find any error in these sentences
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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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Can you tell me what tense is: “if + simple past, would + infinitive”?

She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today. It is easy to understand , if he had not been greedy he would have been alive today. But, what does the above mean? ...
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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Can you use “get” in a past tense sentence

I had a voice over where I was asked to record the following line in a script: "Our small initiative turned into a sizeable movement with the support of influencers, who helped spread the word and ...
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The Use of Past Perfect in the exercise [closed]

In one of my English books there is an exercise to practise the past perfect simple and continuous. And I don't really get the reson why it is said 'I HAD HAD breakfast', but not 'By the time I HAD ...
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Use of tense in “By this time”

By this time tomorrow he will have reached London (correct says my book) But i want to say my brother is coming home tomorrow at the same time today is.... By this time tomorrow he will have come ...
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which tense should be used in the following statement?

Please call me when you are going to lunch. or Please call me when u go to lunch.
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A since-clause in present tense marking off a period of time

Question: In English, can you use a present tense since-clause to mark off a period that starts at some time in the past and continues to and includes the present? Background: Unfortunately, my ...
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Can we mix tenses in the same paragraph? [duplicate]

From an Indian thriller TV show called Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Ajinkya manages to find his mother but is shocked to know she had never transformed. He managed to kill Vikrant but that wouldn’t be the ...
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Which tense do I use when describing the past in a story that's written in simple present?

As mentioned above, the story is written in simple present. The character, however, has an internal monologue about the past. Do I use simple past or past perfect?
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Is the tense called “Present Progressive” or “Present Continuous”?

What is the correct term used to describe this tense in English — Present Progressive or Present Continuous? I see both terms used in grammar books.
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Is it the right way to use present continuous when talking about the future? [duplicate]

Some websites say Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future. Examples: I am meeting some friends after work. I am not ...
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Do tenses in conditional sentences conflict with the verb tenses in a sentence?

OK, we all know that “The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past.” Source Example 1. Mary had studied English before she moved to New York. — ...
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Which tense must be used when talking about the subject of a movie

I'm confused by which tense to use with those statment: This movie is talking about .. This movie talks about .. From my prospective I think the correct one is the second, because the movie ...
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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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Meant vs would mean [closed]

I am writing a story, but I got stuck on this sentence: No one dared to volunteer, as that meant risking one's life. Does this sound correct/natural? Or should I change this sentence to: No one dared ...
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Past tense of “to steel oneself”? [closed]

What is the correct way to render the past tense form of “to steel oneself”? My mind keeps suggesting “stole” but I know that is incorrect.
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A Question about a sort of 'future in the past' usage

I hear this use of "would" many times when recapping a sporting event and was wondering what tense this would be, and if the usage is even proper. The following describes events that happened in a ...
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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Simple vs Continuous in the Past Tense and in the Future Tense

Even though I understand the difference between the simple and the continuous aspect of the English tense system, I sometimes struggle to understand what each of these two aspects expresses in some ...
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“Can have” vs. “could have”

One often hears primarily people from the UK using the phrase can have in certain past tenses. What exactly is the difference between using could have and can have? I used to believe that can turns ...
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“can” vs. “could”

"This case report suggests that a lung embolism CAN/COULD occur in a patient with no pulmonary vulnerabilities." Which of these verbs is correct in this sentence?
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Can a hypothetical question be in past tense? Please see my example

If you passed a subject without learning anything valuable about it, did that subject really help you?
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If i were/was a rich man [duplicate]

I am confused in the following questions: If i were/was a rich man. I was rich. If i were a rich man sounds correct to me but were is used after plural Please answer this question.
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The date was advanced / The date has been advanced

What would be the difference between "The date of the meeting has been advanced by one week" versus "The date of the meeting was advanced by one week" The latter I've found in a dictionary. The ...
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I sent … vs. I have sent … vs. I had sent you an email already [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? If all of them are correct, what are their different meanings? I sent you an email already. I have sent you an email already. I had sent you an email ...
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Perfect Continuous

I know we use Past Perfect Continuous when an event in the past continue up until another event in the past: I had been talking with her for over an hour before Tony arrived. Can we use it when ...
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had vs. had had [duplicate]

What are the different meanings of the following sentences? I had had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner yesterday. I had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner ...
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They have been vs. they will have been

What are the different meaning int the following sentences? They have been dating for a year now. They will have been dating for a year now.
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“had” use in past perfect tense [duplicate]

I called her, but she had already left for the day. I was taught that past perfect tense is used to describe an action before another action in the past. However, look at the following setntece: ...
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Did I have to / Do I have to? [closed]

What is the difference between Did I have to...(do something) and Do I have to...(do something) I think "Did I have to..." use when I refer something in the past but I not sure is it correct. ...
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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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Tense of verb after conjunction

Jumping straight into my question, consider these two sentences: He had finished the recitation and closed the book. He had finished the recitation and had closed the book. Which of the above two ...
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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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Confused by the grammar(tense usage) in New Concept English 3 Lesson 17

Recently I was confused by the tense usage of a text from New Concept English, the text says: Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it ...
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How do I show the past tense? [migrated]

She had to knew that I was there there for her help She had to know that I was there for her help She has to knew that I was there there for her help Please explain in details which ...
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Using the present tense in recounting past events

There's a particular colloquial usage of the present tense in recounting past events that has a shade of meaning that I've been unable to put my finger on. As an example, instead of: And then Bob ...