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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Present tense and conditional tense in a stated past tense

I have a question about using past and conditional tenses in a context that refers to something told in the past. I think I’ve seen both forms used in films/books, etc., but I'm not sure about it ...
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“What needs to be done” vs “What is needed to be done”

When you are looking at a task remaining, it seems right to me to say, "what needs to be done" in the simple present tense. I have seen some people write "what is needed to be done." While I don't ...
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Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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He dies when he is [duplicate]

Teaching English for adults we were reading a story. In the story of a man appears this sentence " He dies when he is 102 years old" An ESL adult asked me: Shouldn't be that sentence in the past,... ...
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Difference between sentences [on hold]

What is the difference between: Did you remember to sign the letter? Do you remember signing the letter? and He didn't need to call the doctor. He needn't have called the doctor.
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Does the tense in that clause need to agree with the main clause? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title of this question is accurate or not. My vacabulary of grammar is very limited. May you could understand me by the following example: She told me that the earth is ...
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How did auxiliary verbs develop? e.g. “is” “has” [closed]

How did such structures like "I would have been" or "She would have had..." develop? How did "am" "is" "are" develop in the first place? We don't have them in Hebrew and it is like pulling teeth to ...
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Can I use the Perfect tenses (Present Perfect Progressive and Future Perfect Simple) in the conditional sentences?

If this mystery hasn't been being tried to be kept secret since the Gods left the planet, it will have been revealed by now. Is the usage of the Present Perfect Progressive Passive and the Future ...
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Which is correct: “has died” or “died”?

To me, using Present Perfect form means the event can occur again. So, saying someone has died may not be grammatically correct. Also, I noticed (it might be just coincidence): passed away ...
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“A law decreased what schools had been permitted” vs. “are permitted” [migrated]

Can you please tell me which of the following sentences is correct? A law passed in 2006 decreased the amount of chlorine that schools had been permitted to add to drinking water. A law ...
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shipment has been lost vs ~is missing

My question is A million dollars' worth of shipment is missing and A million dollars' worth of shipment has been lost. Which sentence is correct?
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Dependent clause tense inheritance [duplicate]

Is it right to tell Five years ago he already knew that two plus two equals four. or Five years ago he already knew that two plus two equaled four. ? On English classes (I ...
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finish vs have finished [duplicate]

It would be great if you help me!! ' if I have a class, then I'll usually make my way to lecture hall after I (finish / have finished ) eating. ' what's the right word between the two? could you ...
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Unsure on the pronouns/verbs/tense to use here

This question came up when answering tickets today at work. A client says they've been having one singular problem across multiple entries. How should I phrase my response? "Which entries was this ...
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How did the same perfect-tense structure become so widespread? [migrated]

I feel this question must be a duplicate, but I can't find the question that must have been asked: In many Germanic and Romance languages, the perfect tense is formed with the verb 'to have' or 'to ...
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How much does “can” change my meaning?

How much of a difference in meaning is there between these three sentences, and are any of them better suited to formal writing than the others? They must [do things] before they can begin to ...
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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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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Tense of “She is all I need”

It sounds like present progressive, but I'm not sure - it's also not a progressive 'verb'. I can see this hapening with other examples as well; and to some of them you even add ed, which makes me ...
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Which tense should I choose for this sentence?

All the lessons I learned from my Twenty years of my life has boiled down to a big message that the process of self-perfection is highly entangled with the effort to define the self, i.e., to ...
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As if something was created or as if something were created [duplicate]

It seems to me people often use were instead of was when referring to something that could have happened. If I were doing that... If xyz were available... Isn't were plural, not singular? For ...
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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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Simple present or present continuous?

It____(rain) frequently in London. This is the sentence that I am confused with. I have been told that with 'permanent' ideas comes simple present and with 'temporary ' ideas comes present continuous. ...
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uses of since and for in perfect continuous tense

in how many way we can specify time duration for for in perfect continuous tense. i found lot example but i need exact figures, because i have apply condition in a dictionary checking program I have ...
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I was here if you could meet me

Is this correct or not. Recently I said this to a person and my brother in law suggested that it was wrong to say so. Instead I should have said I am here if you can meet me
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Which verb tense should I use in the sentence below?

I'm writing a report about actions that I have taken. Which form is the correct one? were, have been or have? I have used the first tense were in the sentence: "The minutes of the ...
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The term “proverbial”, tense mismatch, other grammatical problems

I made an unwittingly controversial remark in a recent draft of an intra-company technical document. I wrote, regarding my acceptance of an exceedingly challenging software engineering task: Like the ...
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Sequence of tenses in elaborate sentences?

Sorry I've been pelting you with my linguistic questions lately, but since I'm trying to do my best to make my English perfect, I just have to keep bothering you :) Today's question regards ...
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sentence structure of past-future pattern

How can I make a sentence , in which I am talking about past with the reference of future? I mean,what is the sentence structure of past-future sentence. for example. * I reached at London two ...
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when to use have been

I have read that we use "have been" with the present perfect continuous as in the formula [has/have + been + present participle], e.g., You have been waiting here for two hours. But sometimes I ...
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Past and Present Perfect tenses in a sentence. Sequence of events

I have a question concerning Past and Present Perfect tenses/the sequence of events. "As my school project, I have written a 44-pages-long research paper in which I had analysed the risk behaviours ...
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'wanted' or 'had wanted'

Should I use wanted or had wanted here? Ukrainians wanted to join the EU even before Russia occupied the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainians had wanted to join the EU even before ...
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Accidental usage of a complicated tense structure [closed]

Here I found myself, on the second day of new year, writing a comment, in which I unintentionally used an overly complicated tense structure, that left me clueless. Lately there have been plenty ...
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Mixing tenses in past tense fiction

In past tense works (novels, etc.) is there a place for some present tense verbs, such as "think" or "know" or "was." Example: I turned to leave, and he didn't try to stop me. I think I surprised ...
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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 and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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While I was waiting for [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? I want to say that I waited the time that the bus would leave the terminal in the past tense. While I was waiting for the bus leaves, a man came to talk to me. ...
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What tense should I use? [closed]

My native language isn't English. What tense should I use to describe some actions/activities: present simple or present continuous? I don't mean actions/activities that are happening right now. For ...
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Past Simple vs. Past Progressive

I've been noticing in conversations that people often use past or present or future progressive where I would normally use past, present or future simple. I know some rules about interrupted actions ...
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tense change with questions that speakers asks himself silently [closed]

John mulled: Would it work? Is it possible to do it? In the above sentence, John mulls 2 rhetorical questions. One of them, the first of the questions agrees with the past tense (mulled). The second ...
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past tense in adverbial phrases that does not mean past time

There are times when we use past tense to refer to future, like in the following sentences: We'd manage the funds until he came of age. You'd get helpers until you got older. The background behind ...
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Which tense is to be applied to this sentence?

What this experience revealed to me was that for an education program to be truly international, it needs to condescend to be local at first, because human habits are highly entangled with and ...
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has changed and is changed

While I was reading a grammar book I came upon this sentence: '...but it has changed because the pronoun in front of it has changed...'. Why does the author use 'has' rather than 'is'? Note: ...
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punctuation if dash introduces question-sentences

He worried--why X; what will happen if Y? It seems that this construction expresses the idea best, but it creates a few punctuation questions. Should the first semicolon be question-mark? Is there ...
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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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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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'future in the future' tense in English?

I had an idea for a trilogy of novels with the first written in the past tense, the second in the present tense, and the third in the future tense. Why hasn't anyone done this before? I thought. Then ...
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“When people do make changes” - which tense is this?

Which tense are sentences like: "When people do make changes good things happen" "Even if monkeys can play an important role, their actions can pose risk to the general public"
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“Supposing Jane ______ with us, what would you do?”

In this sentence: Supposing Jane ______ with us, what would you do? The available options for filling in that blank were: would come came will come has come is coming Could I know which is ...