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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Use of Present simple tense (You stroll in…)

It's from the movie "The Mask" Situation: Someone has robbed the bank where Stanley Ipkiss works. Stanley's boss reprimands Stanley for being late: We have a crisis here, and you stroll in an hour ...
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“Before I even” or “Before I had even”

This has been confusing me for a long time. Do I need had or not? ...but before I even made it to the doorway, the hand once again reached out and hauled me back into the room. or ...but before I ...
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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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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset? [on hold]

It is normal to analyze a dataset in a paper. I am not sure when to use present/past tense to describe how you analyze the data and what your results are. Here I use a short example text to illustrate ...
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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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“They knew what mercy is” vs. “they knew what mercy was”

They knew what mercy is. They knew what mercy was. Mercy is something that always exists so can I say is as in the quoted example?
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How would you use “can” in a future sentence?

If you purchase this then you will be able to do that. How can I write the quoted statement using can?
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What is the historic present tense?

I learned that the historical present may be used to create an effect of immediacy in narratives. I have a question about the historic present tense. Why don't we use the progressive tense instead of ...
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we were planning this party from Feb? [closed]

I wanted to know whether this is correct or not.. "We were planning this PARTY from FEB..." is this correct? Grammatically and is it making any "sense" ? I am having trouble now a days while writing ...
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Tense usage with dead writers' work

My friend and I discussed some books and their authors the other day. And the question arose. Is it possible to say Do you like what he writes about? using Present Simple, although writer did that ...
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When to use present continuous for describing near future instead of using will or going to

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states "USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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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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Should I be using 'is' or 'was'? [migrated]

Which is correct? She was told that it was against the law to steal. Or She was told that it is against the law to steal.
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Should I use past tense when I'm asked to describe a picture?

If you are being asked to describe a picture, what tense would you use?
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I'll be curious

Just wondering if it is correct to say "I'll be curious to". For example, I used the sentence "I'll be curious to read them [the text messages] later". Do I actually mean to say "I am curious to read ...
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“so close to doing” vs “about to do” [duplicate]

In the phrase "I was about to do", the verb "do" is used in the infinitive. In the phrase "I was so close to doing", the verb "do" is used in the present participle. Why the difference?
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Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time?

Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time? For example A person who lived during 1790 could truthfully claim that Washington ...
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What would you do if I told you+subordinate clause

there are a couple of sentences that I have been having trouble with lately. I'll start with an example: I'd be lying if I said I have never considered moving.(referring to the present) That's how ...
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Does “X was sick the past two weeks” mean X is still sick?

How would I say I was sick for two weeks before now (because now I am not sick anymore)? Would it be like this: I was sick the past two weeks. I ask this because from what I have found ‘the ...
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Using 'would' to form reasons

In the following examples: Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible? Who would live for forever? Why would I ever lie to you? Is 'would' being used to refer to time in future or past Or ...
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Is 'walked' the correct tense in this paragraph? [closed]

The next folder she opened contained something that neither of them had expected: five photos of Emily’s brother. They had been taken while James walked through a glass door.
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verb tense in reported speech

I wonder if I can get help on the sentence below. My question is if I should write "once we move to Shanghai" or "once we moved to Shanghai". We have not moved yet. It will happen in the future. But I ...
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How to use the verb 'burst' [duplicate]

If a balloon bursts, then how should I tell about it to another person right after this event occurred? the balloon has burst the balloon had burst the balloon has been burst the balloon had been ...
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Simple or perfect form of gerund [closed]

I just wondering if the meaning of the following sentences are equivalent? I know the difference between past and perfect tenses. So I'm just trying to ask if I can use first sentence instead of the ...
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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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Past simple and present perfect

In news reports, we often read or hear events introduced with the present perfect, and then the past simple like this: The film star Jim Cooper has died of cancer. He was 68 and lived in Texas. ...
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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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Should I use “as a song goes” or “as …went”?

When I was a small boy, or as a famous song went (goes), when I was shorter than a Christmas tree, I fell in love with a little girl. (self-made) The “as song went” seems to match the tense ...
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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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Children will be children vs Children are children

Children will be children. They always have been noisy. Why use future tense in the first sentence and present prefect tense in the second sentence? If it's same meaning to "Children are children. ...
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What tense should I use when writing about an autobiography? [closed]

I'm writing an essay comparing the views of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. In parts of it I explain quotes from the story. (The quotes are in 1st person past-tense.) Should I use the ...
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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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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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Future Progressive tense [duplicate]

I'm quite good at English,but not adept in it. Over a period of time I've gotten a good grip over it and I could ponder a lot about grammar in detail. I've doubt regarding the following Qs. and need ...
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Archaic conjugation of common verbs?

I'm looking for an online resource to list conjugation of some of most common English verbs (to be, to get, to do, to have etc.) in their archaic (Early Modern) forms. In particular, I'd be interested ...
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this is/was the best meal I have ever had/had had

We are currently discussingq with my colleagues what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/has been the best meal you ever had. What tenses ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [closed]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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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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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [closed]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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“if he doesn't” versus “if he won't” [closed]

Steve will be really disappointed if he _______ get a ticket. 1) doesn't 2) won't which one is correct? in my opinion, both answers are fine. :( but I know I'm wrong Q_q
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using “if” - when to use present tense, and when to use past tense?

As a native speaker of English, these two sentences sound acceptable to me: A full refund can be claimed if the school fails to provide a textbook. A full refund could be claimed if the ...
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Grammar and dead relatives

When referring to a relationship with a blood relative who has died, would you say, for instance, “John is Sue’s father,” or “John was Sue’s father”? If he has passed, does he cease being her father, ...
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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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Did the author of the Hunger Games make a mistake here? [closed]

I'm reading The Hunger Games, which is written in the first person. I came across this sentence: “I dismissed myself,” I said. I remember how I promised Prim that I really would try to win and I ...
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“I have chosen,” “I choose,” or “I am choosing”?

In a week time I'm taking an exam. I want to know whether I can say 'I have chosen' or not. It is present perfect too. The task is: You would like to go on a party. Look at the picture and decide ...
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Correct way to describe and handle be'ed in English:

I want to reward you -> You should be rewarded. I want to be nice to you -> You should be be'd nice to. What's the fancy linguistic way to describe this gap in English, and what's the right way to ...
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Past perfect example confusion

My text definition of past perfect tense tells me that it is used to refer to an action that is completed at some point in the past and before the commencement of another past action. I came across ...
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Tense Usage in Scientific Paper for analysis

I'm curious what tense is typically used in a scientific paper for analysis of one's own work/scientific observations. Specifically, I'm wondering what is commonly used in a situation such as this: ...
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Why is this sentence ungrammatical? [closed]

"If they would have been painted this afternoon, the walls would be completely dry by tomorrow evening." The quoted sentence is ungrammatical. I believe it has something to do with tense, but I do ...
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Is it acceptable to use “is become” instead of “has become”?

In the King James version of the Bible there is a verse like this: The Lord is my strength, and my fortress, and my song. And He is become my salvation. Is it still feasible to use "is become" ...