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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“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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What tense do we use with “since”? [closed]

Consider these two sentences: The money has been delivered since 1st January 2000. The money was delivered since 1st January 2000. Are both of them grammatical? What may be the difference ...
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the correct tense of “derive”

I'm a non-native English speaker. Given the sentence: The English word " olive " derives from the Latin word "oliva". Why is the present tense used, not the past tense? If I say, The English word ...
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I saw her dance/dancing? I saw a flash of lightning strike/striking? I caught her steal/stealing?

Meta: I found a very similar post asking the difference between "I saw him cross" and "I saw him crossing". I have three additional questions on sentences of this form. In the post I am referring ...
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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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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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Is the tense change of the verb “need” to “needed” mandatory?

If the tense change of the verb "need" to "needed" is not mandatory, then if it was changed then how would it affect the meaning in the sentences below? If they asked for help, I would provide ...
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Should we use “lay” or “lays” in this context? [duplicate]

I found this sentence in Longman dictionary: The crux of the problem lay in the lack of equipment. I think it should be "lays" instead of "lay", but even when I googled, I noticed there are more ...
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He has only laid down for an hour today? [duplicate]

I would like to express that a person has only reclined for an hour so far today. Is it correct to say: He has only laid down for an hour so far today. or is it perhaps: He has only lay ...
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Tenses in sentences

I have been taught to use only one tense in one sentence/paragraph, but I've always been confused... For example, in the following sentence: "In one study, there were only deficits observed in ...
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What tense to use when reporting something which has never been true or never happened? [duplicate]

The report said that years ago city planners had planned to build a facility that turns salt water into fresh water, but financial woes made that impossible. In this sentence should turned be ...
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Tenses with “until then” - present perfect needed or optional?

If I understood correctly, "until now" can be "until then" in the past sentences. Would this be correct? it was a new approach that was never successfully performed until then. or should I ...
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“It is” or “it was” in this scenario?

Is the following sentence correct? I still remembered that the school manager in the seminar talked really sweetly about how bright future it is if a student could finish their courses. Clearly, ...
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Using “will” after “if”

I've been told that native-speakers don't ever use "will" after "if", and that saying it this way is a not-native style. So from the film (Harry Potter, pt5) I noticed a line that confused me. Look ...
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How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...
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“I am trying to learn” vs “I try to learn”

What is the difference between present simple and present progressive when it comes to actions like the following? At school, I am trying to learn a wide array of subjects. At school, I try ...
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Present Progressive or Simple Present for things that could be considered as a repeated action or as an action happening right now?

There's one thing about Simple Present versus Present Progressive which is still not quite clear to me. The rough overview is1: Use simple present for repeated actions, general things. Use present ...
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usage of 'being able to'

When to use the word 'being able to' and what exactly it means? Example: 1. Not being able to run the report 2. that is the one which prevents us from being able to run the report Why not we say 1. ...
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Which tense would you use… is or was? [duplicate]

I am writing a note to a young man's parents after meeting him and don't know which tense is correct. Would you say: Don and I were so impressed with how genuinely kind, well-mannered and articulate ...
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“experienced” vs. “have experienced”? (Simple past vs. Existential sense of perfect)?

Can you tell me which ones of these correct? "Together we experienced our first joy ride." or "Together we have experienced our first joy ride." "Together we learnt to ride bicycle." or "Together we ...
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Can you use past and present tense in the same sentence?

Could you please confirm if the following sentence is correct or not? ...he comes over quite often, he and I got on quite well when we see each other so not much issue there. Or should it be: ...
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Is “was always with you” or “had always been with you” grammatically correct?

In those days wherever you went I had always been with you like a shadow. In those days wherever you went I was always with you like a shadow. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Is it correct to say “What was your name?”?

Is it correct to say "What was your name?"? The reason I am asking this is, generally the name of the person will not change. One should say "What is your name?" ...
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“only if we ignored X, might Y happen”?

In spite of the general guidance on conditionals found on this site, I am struggling with which tenses to use in the following sentence to properly convey what I mean: Only if we ignored these ...
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“How long have you stayed there?” vs “How long did you stay there?” [duplicate]

I have a doubt about the difference between those two questions. Could you guys give me an appropriate examples and explanation? Thanks in advance!
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Future tense in conditional clauses

All the textbooks I have ever come across during the course of my studying English emphasize that future tense should not be used in conditional clauses. For example, If it rains in the evening, ...
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We recommend that he provide/provides?

To my ear "We recommend that he provide an appropriate response" sounds better than "provides" what is this tense/construct called and which is right ?
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Should I use past tense or present tense when writing check-in/commit comment? [duplicate]

This question is quite specific but I am not sure which verb tense I should use when committing/checking in code. If I fix a bug and checking in the code, should I write: Fixes bug on feature A ...
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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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Question about tenses used in Seinfeld show: “what you were doing tomorrow night”

In the sentences "Did she even ask you what you were doing tomorrow night? If you were busy?" occurring at about 0:42 - 0:43 in this clip, why was past tense used in "What you were doing ...
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Grammatical structure of a complex sentence

Many things are unclear in the following sentence, and I want your help to understand them: 1. Its grammatical structure is complicated, and I can understand nothing from it. 2. What is the ...
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Does using “Their watch is ended” over “Their watch has ended” change the meaning of the sentence?

I've been watching this little HBO show by the name of Game of Thones. Perhaps you have heard of it. In the most recent episode the following line is used (and also happens to be the title of the ...
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Dubious Tenses in Airline Preflight Speech

I fly a lot of places (usually within the United States). When I take Delta, the flight attendants seem to recite (with minor differences) a prepared preflight speech detailing safety information. ...
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Reported speech, question in a conditional sentence

I've been struggling with this exercise: "Let's drive on to the next village and try the hotel there," he said. "But what'll we do if that's full too?" I said. "We'll just have to sleep in the car," ...
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Past Simple or Past Perfect Continuous? [closed]

If an action started in the past and lasted for some time, which tense should be used Past Simple or Past Perfect Continuous? For example, I worked out for two hours yesterday or I had been working ...
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English does not have a future tense--what do you think? [closed]

Some say English does not have a future tense. In fact, wikipedia describes it as follows. English grammar provides a number of ways to indicate the future nature of an occurrence. Some argue that ...
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Can we use should /would and /could in Future perfect tense

I would have finished my home work by evening . He should have been more careful. Can these be used as future perfect tense ?
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“I've been waiting” Vs “I waited”

Let's say for example this sentence : Finally, you're here! Where were you ? What took you so long ? _______! 1- I've been waiting here for hours. 2- I waited here for hours. which one is correct to ...
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will arrive or will be arriving?

I will arrive in Sydney on 16th September. or I will be arriving in Sydney on 16th September. As a formal email, which one should I choose? or is there a better one?
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Where to use the present tense and where to use the past in this sentence?

Thus morality gave in to politics, so much so that the standard on which to judge whether an act is right or wrong and whether a person is good or bad was reduced to loyalty to the political head. ...
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“Is idle” or “Is idling”

I'm working on an app which displays status messages, like: "XY is now available" "XY is now offline" I'm wondering which of the followings is correct: "XY is now idle" "XY is now idling"
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“The predecessor of company A is B” vs. “the predecessor of company A was B” [duplicate]

I'm working on some company profiles. I am wondering about the tense of verb in this sentence: The predecessor of company A is B. The predecessor of company A was B. Which is the ...
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Question about interrogations in past tense

In regard to this answer, my question is similar but that answer is not clear. I want to know why we use base form of verb, e.g. 'go' to form the past tense instead of past form such as 'went'? ...
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Do I say “I am going” or “I will be going”? [duplicate]

Which sounds more correct? I am going to the post office in 2 hours I will be going to the post office in 2 hours Is there any difference between the two sentences?
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What should be the right tense in this sentence?

I read this sentence in a book recently: What I should have done is given him the... (Emphasis mine) I'm not a linguist but I thought it should be: What I should have done is ...
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“Have got” — verb form and tense

In the following sentence, what is the main verb and in what tense does it occur? I have got a car. There are two possible explanations that I can think of: get as the main verb in the present ...
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Tenses in the clause “was about to do” [closed]

There are two verbs in the clause "was about to do", and I think I have established that "was" is an auxiliary verb, but I am unsure of what the verb "do" is. It is not a present participle, but I ...
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Please help me understand when to use -ing on a verb

There are two questions I'm struggling with. (1) That I have little interest in art is not the fault of my parents, taking me to art exhibits and galleries from the time I was ten years old. ...
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The clock (has kept/kept) precise time for over forty years? [closed]

The correct answer is "kept" but I don't understand why because shouldn't "over forty years" make it past progressive? This is from an ACT practice test. The passage talks about a guy making the ...
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How to ask this as question [duplicate]

I am wondering how to turn the following into a question "Narendra Modi is the 18th Prime Minister of India" How to ask this as question, so that answer will be 18th I have tried searching ...