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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“Had spent” vs. “has spent” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: where should we use has/have been and had been? [Company] had spent previous years a few blocks away from the new location. This sentence uses "had spent", but to ...
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What is the difference between these sentences?

What is the difference between these sentences? I read that all of them can be used in the same situation. So which to choose? When I was young I used to live in a house. When I was young I lived in ...
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk with a ...
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On tense: 'realized that the number of something had been increasing'

Why does a sentence like I realized that the number of cars had been increasing sound strange? I googled "realized that the number of * had been increasing", and then I found only three exmples. ...
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I have had had a question

You can say, "I have a question." You can say, "I have had a question for a long time." Right? But what about, "I have had had a question ..."? Optional side question: how do you punctuate the ...
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Future indefinite tense

Is it possible to use "will" twice in a sentence? If not then when it is possible? It will rain tomorrow and we will enjoy. Is it correct? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced
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'Has found' versus 'found' [duplicate]

When would one say "she has found her keys" as opposed to "she found her keys"? Are they equivalent, or at least partially equivalent? I'm not a native speaker and have been unable to find a pattern ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which is correct? Are or were?
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Examples/references for not changing tense when using reported speech

I'm sure people are familiar with the "rule" that the tense is moved backward when using reported speech i.e. "I am..." becomes "He said he was..." However, there are many cases where it is OK not ...
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Is this phrase past tense or present tense?

The following phrase I ain't got no money Is it meant to be used for a past action (I didn't get no money) or is it used to mean (I don't get no money right now)? What confuses me is the usage ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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Tense question: “invest and get” or “invested and got”?

Later in the game, after you invest sufficient skill points into combat skills and get better fighting gear, combat becomes easier. or Later in the game, after you invested sufficient skill ...
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Can you switch verb tenses when telling a story, set in the recent past, and describing a living person?

Which of the following, if either, is correct? Each line is the beginning of a new paragraph, but still in the same time (i.e., not swapping between past and present). This morning I left class ...
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What tense to use in a when/if clause?

“I’m afraid I’ll have to take it away when you’ve finished” Is this good English? Shouldn't we use simple present tense in "when" clause when the main sentence is simple future tense? Is “I’m afraid ...
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Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Whici of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today and he said that he is well" or "I talked with him today and he said that he is well" Which tense I need to use at the ...
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How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?

Non-native speakers often get confused about what the various tenses and aspects mean in English. With input from some of the folk here I've put together a diagram that I hope will provide some ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Describing completed action [on hold]

So, I was having a fight with an English grammar expert with my little knowledge on the following sentence : Products are already being checked. My opponent was telling me that my sentence was ...
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The nuances of Future Continuous vs Present Continuous

Consider the following: I ran into a problem and will be staying here[in this house, this room, etc.] for a couple more days. I ran into a problem and am staying here[in this house, this ...
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“Should be done by” or “should have been done by”? [duplicate]

Which of these should I use? My test result should be done by last Wednesday. or My test result should have been done by last Wednesday. What is the difference in meaning?
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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What tense is “I see that …”

For example, in "I see that you have a new car." the "I see" seems to imply something like "I am seeing now" or "I noticed", rather than the usual present simple tense connotation of a habit or ...
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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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A date “is”,“was”, or “will be” a Monday?

March 1st, 1999 is a Monday March 1st, 1999 was a Monday March 1st, 2099 is a Sunday March 1st, 2099 will be a Sunday Is there a preferred version? Do they have different meaning?
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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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Sequence of tenses when some temporary action is still true

I got confused with the rule of the sequence of tenses. I found that when the action in the subordinate clause is a habitual action or general truth, we can use the present tense in the clause even if ...
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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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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It was raining last night or It had rained last night [migrated]

In an short story- which tense suits better? Will my writing in the next line depend on which one I choose? For ex. It was raining last night. Now a little girl was walking along the street.... It had ...
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Past perfect and perfect continuous: a difference in meaning? [closed]

The pavement was wet, it had been raining. The pavement was wet, it had rained. What's the difference?
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Difference in meaning: past perfect and simple past

She lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. or She had lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. Being a non-native speaker, sometimes i get confused.
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Usage of 'would' in the future tense?

Is there anything wrong in this sentence? "I would go to work tomorrow if the buses were plying." I know it is not wrong to use 'would' in hypothetical sentences in the past and present tense: ...
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Correct Tenses in a Messy Sentence

In need of an opinion on the tenses in a rather convoluted sentence: Tomas then said that Jacobs had sent an update to Director Stevens, in which he stated that if Stevens finds the H5 solution ...
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Grammar: Did Jim ask you whether you are a virgin? VS Did Jim ask you whether you were a virgin? [duplicate]

How do I form a question based on the following details: At 1pm on Sunday Jim: Are you a virgin? Jane: Yes nothing happened from 1pm to 9pm At 9pm on Sunday: Did Jim ask you whether you were a ...
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Question on hypotheticals

In the following sentence: We need to approach the two experts and convince them to help. Their contribution will be huge and will advance this field in the company." Regarding the latter half, ...
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Is “What did you just say” grammaticaly correct?

Should I say: What did you just say? or What have you just said? I find the first one more common. The English grammar textbooks I've read emphasized that "just" refers to the present ...
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Sequence of Verb Tense when it comes to if condition

Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence? If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her. ...
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Correct usage of past tenses [closed]

When are these sentences most correct and why? It was a pretty village and all the houses were restored. It was a pretty village and all the houses had been restored. It was a pretty ...
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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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Simple Past or Past Perfect

If I went to a place last night where I needed to show an id, but I forgot to have it on me. So if in the morning I was speaking to a friend(reporting on what happened), which one of the following ...
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I panicked or I was panicked?

I want to refer to a situation that happened months ago. So what should I use? I panicked or I was panicked?
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verb tense in reported speech

I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for a couple of years, once we moved to Shanghai. I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for ...
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Is “text” an acceptable past tense? [closed]

Please clarify the correct tense of the word text. Every time I hear somebody say "I text my friend," or "I checked my texts' " it makes me cringe. I understand and use the correct tense, but if I ...
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should say that vs should have said that

Example 1 It was odd (that) you should say that Example 2 It was odd (that) you should have said that I don't understand what the putative should implies when it's constructed with the present ...
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What tenses should be used after “in case of”?

What tense should be used after "in case" or "in case of"? For instance, is the following sentence correct? "Just imagine that in case of a dispute with her husband she leaves home."
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Tense of a zero conditional when the main clause is in present perfect

I'm not sure about the terminology so I'll just give examples. Present simple: In 19th century, if you wanted to go to Japan, you had to sail. Past simple: Today, if you want to go to ...
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Did I use Past tenses correctly in this sentence? [closed]

Is the sentence A: I used to play guitar, but now that I have bought a harmonica, I mostly play harmonica. more correct than sentence B: I have played guitar earlier, but now that I have ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination [closed]

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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plain form of seem or past participle? [closed]

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...