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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Correct tense for a sentence

When you come to know that somebody has been working somewhere, how to tell them? Are the following sentences correct? I did not know you worked at xyz, or I did not know you "were" a part of xyz ...
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Perfect tenses: What are the differences [on hold]

It have been replaced It have been replacing It have replaced It have replacing What are the differences??
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usage of 'being able to' [on hold]

When is it appropriate to use the word 'being able to', and what exactly does it mean? Examples: not being able to run the report That is the one which prevents us from being able to run ...
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Sequnce of tenses in the sentence

Is it okay to use different tenses in this way? Try to find an area where science isn't needed, where experiments weren't perfomed.
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Changing quote tense?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've stumbled along a problem. If I change "They are..." to "They were..." in a quotation, do I need to put square brackets as in, "They [were]..."?
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“I had sent you”

I received the following email today, we discussed the report before the email where I told the person that I hadn't(also can I use hadn't here) received it. I was wondering if it's all grammatical. ...
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Highlit vs Highlighted, Lit vs Lighted

Most dictionaries seem to indicate that highlighted is the past tense for highlight, rather than highlit. However, we use lit as the past tense for light without reservation, with lighted appearing ...
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“I hope I enjoy myself very much” is this correct?

I hope I enjoy myself very much I came across the above expression when I was reading something, the writer wasn't a native English speaker. She was talking about visiting a place she wanted to ...
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It is about handing over of charge in office [closed]

He has not been handing over to me till date. (I feel usage of "not been" not correct). Please correct the sentence.
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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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“My work has done” vs “my work has been done” [closed]

Please tell me that what is the difference between My work has done and My work has been done problem is with the use of has and has been
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“Lept” vs. “leapt” vs. “leaped”

After reading this discussion, I'd like to know what example sentences distinguish the meaning of the words lept, leapt, and leaped from each other?
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“Are you hurt” vs. “Did you get hurt”

What should we use when someone is injured? Are you hurt? Or it should be Did you get hurt? I felt using the second one as improper. Please correct me.
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“Where we headed?” or “Where we heading?”; which one is correct?

I had to pick one of my friends for a movie. She didn't know where we would go, so the moment she sat in the car, she asked "So, where we headed?" I told her the multiplex name. But I thought she ...
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Is “having have been” / “having have eaten” grammatically correct? Is it a verb tense?

Some examples of a weird thing I found. I want to call it a verb tense, but I'm not sure that's accurate: "24.6% reported having have been injured due to excessive consumption of alcohol." "When I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use the word 'your' before a verb in present progressive tense? [duplicate]

Can I say: I understand your wanting to wait a while longer. I have heard it being said, but how correct is it?
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What is the future tense of “would have been”?

The following sentence is grammatically correct: Today would have been Freddie Mercury's 68th birthday. If Freddie Mercury were still alive, this sentence would be correct too: September 5, ...
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I'd know my life before I had even lived it

Girl: "I've made my decision, Father". Her Father: "You've ruined so many prospects, Lucy". Girl: "Hmm.Nothing but boys, following in their father's footsteps. I'd know my life before I ...
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When we entered, he had been there

So I heard this sentence and also few contradictions about that. Does it mean that when they entered, he was already gone because he had there been before them? Or he just was there before them and ...
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“If you went” what tense is it? Is it a subjunctive mood?

I was watching an anime, and saw a sentence If you went, you will die in translation. The context is Some guy is forbidding his friend to go to some place. My question: Is it a subjunctive ...
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Is it right to combine past and present in the same sentence?

I am defining an instrument but am not sure if it is correct to combine past and present tense at the same time: Ssdd is the first ever instrument, launched in 1998, which was specifically ...
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'I knew you are John's brother' vs 'I knew you were John's brother'

Suppose you are John's brother, and I talked with you several days ago. I knew that when I talked with you. Now I'm meeting with you again and want to tell you I knew then that you are John's ...
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“glad to receive something” or “glad to have received something”? [closed]

which is correct? "I am glad to receive your letter." or "I am glad to have received your letter." The intent is to talk about a specific letter recently received in the past.
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'I was using', 'I have used', 'I have been using', 'I had used' - what is the difference amongst these?

First, is my question right? Does amongst fit here? Please differentiate the above phrases.
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Tenses with “until then” - Is past perfect needed or is it optional?

If I understood correctly, "until now" can be "until then" in the past sentences. Would this be correct? 1) It was a new approach that was never successfully performed until then. or should I ...
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Condolence message: “I was sorry” vs. “I am sorry”

What is the difference in nuance between the following statements? Which would be more appropriate for a letter of condolence? I was sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. I am sorry ...
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Should I use 'by' preposition of time in past/future perfect tenses only?

In which tenses can I use 'by' as a preposition of time? My teacher told me you are allowed to use this preposition in past perfect or future perfect tenses only, but I ran into a lot of sentences on ...
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Present Perfect, American English and “since”

I'm wondering: I was always taught at school that when using "since", you always have to use Present Perfect (BrE), e.g. Since when have you played chess? But is Since when did you play ...
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'Am I interpreting' vs 'Do I interpret'?

Am I interpreting the results correctly? Do I interpret the results correctly? Do they have the same meaning? Are both or just one correct?
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Tenses after “as if”

"I'll always remember this rule as if I had just learned it" Do you consider this sentence grammatically correct? The main clause refers to the future, so I guess that the Past Simple would ...
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Usage of Present Perfect and Past Simple in answer

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy and I have a question about Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back on Friday. ...
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Future Continuous and Perfect Continuous tenses in Passive Voice

I've read a lot of books/articles which says that Future Continuous in Passive Voice and Perfect Continuous in Passive Voice are not possible, but there are some examples of such combinations at this ...
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“May” & “Might”: What's the right context?

I may not be coming in tomorrow... I might not be coming in tomorrow... When could I use "may" & "might"?
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Past simple vs present perfect

I have read many online articles. I've read questions and answers on this site. I still can't get my head wrapped around the difference between past simple and present perfect I know the difference ...
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I copied or I have copied? [duplicate]

As I speak, I noticed that I use the word "have" a lot! Also, I was wondering whether this over-usage is right. For instance, I have copied the file to your computer where I could've used ...
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Why to Use The Present Indefinite Tense and Not Past Tense? [duplicate]

While studying a Grammar book I found that this sentence is in present indefinite tense: Columbus discovers America. Why isn't it Columbus discovered America?
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Use of present perfect after past simple as clauses of the same sentence

Here is the thing I've written lately. Now, when I look at it, I'm not sure whether this is the right (natural, basically) way to put things. This post was written about a year ago, but it has ...
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Is this about future or past? [duplicate]

there is this table titled(Project Results Framework). In one of its columns it says " Indicators" and in the row below it says this: "By the middle of 2011, analysis is finalized and up to date ...
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What is the correct tense to use for a sentence like this?

The below sentence is wrong. I do not know why. It reads funny. I'm not an english expert, but... This website was first on the list of priorities and your feedback over the past two years ...
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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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“is thought to have been” verb tense

What tense is the phrase "is thought to have been" in the sentence "Bruce Lee is thought to have been the first actor to do his own stunts"? Also, why is it correct to say "to do his own stunts" ...
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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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“It would the best thing I have ever seen” vs “…I had ever seen” [closed]

Just heard a song "Majestic" and as I am continuously trying to improve my English, I noticed something a bit unclear to me. A sight for sore eyes To the blind would be awful majestic It would ...
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...
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Is it correct to mix past, present and future tense in a sentence?

Is it correct to mix past, present and future tense in a sentence? Is the following sentence correct: Ask yourself continually, “If I was not doing this already, knowing what I now know, would I ...
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“Would have” instead of “will have”

In the sentence "I went to the bank to ensure that I would have enough money for my trip," why is "would have" used instead of "will have"? "Would have" seems to be conveying the subjunctive mood, ...
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Why people use past tense when talking about something always true

Examples: xxx was the founder of ... xxx was the first ... This does not limit to living person/person passed away, but also items. To me the status of the first, the founder of etc. does not change ...
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past continuous tense ~ negative interrogative form

Method 1: wasn't/weren't + subject + verb(ing) + object? Method 2: was/were + subject + not + verb(ing) + object ? Which method correct in past continuous tense ~ negative interrogative form? Or ...
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When should I use: I did, had done or have done? [duplicate]

Please explain when I should use: I did vs. I had done or I had done vs. I have done? Sometimes I tend to get confused about which one to use. Thanks.
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“I didn't know you golf” vs “I didn't know you golfed” [duplicate]

While reading a popular author I came across: "I left my clubs at home, so I can't play." "Oh? I didn't know (that) you golf." This sounds wrong, but presumably it was passed by at least ...