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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“In addition to ensure”?

If a corporation's stock is publicly traded, the financial statements must be audited by a CPA firm in addition to adhere to rules by SEC. The idea is that adhere to is going back to join financial ...
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third conditional with past simple?

In the third conditional it is correct to say "I would have attended if I had known he was giving a lecture." (past progressive) Why can't I say "I would have attended if I had know he gave a ...
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not only.. but also

Why is this sentence incorrect: "Not only this transformation changes the preference of respondents, but it also converts the scale" and I was asked to write: "Not only does this transformation ...
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?

It has been suggested in some quarters that had have, followed by a past participle, is a regionalism that has no place in standard English grammar. If I had have known you were coming, I would have ...
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Validity of the phrase “I had wrote to her”

I recently got corrected on another community on this platform. I wrote: "An email I had wrote to her", and it was courteously changed to "I had written to her" which still makes sense, however, I ...
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at Red Lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at Red Lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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Tense agreement in a sentence [on hold]

The following sentence contains a past simple and present perfect tense - took and have created. Can someone please help me explain why this is the case as I thought the tenses have to be similar in a ...
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Introducing reported speech- has said/ said

Please consider the following sentences: Jane Smith has said her son cries when she comes back home. Jane Smith said her son cries when she comes back home. Dave Bloggs has told me what ...
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“five years since I have been playing tennis” [on hold]

Can anyone tell me whether this sentence is grammatically correct or not? It's been 5 years since I have been playing tennis now. Whats wrong in this sentence?
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Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense

So, someone from ELL suggested that I ask my question on this forum. I do not want to know if nested flashbacks are okay. I am simply asking about tense. Thanks for the help! Question is below: ...
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“Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”? [migrated]

The question is in the title. Which one is correct? And if they're both correct, how do they differ? Especially when you're teaching a concept and say: The first thing that "occurs to me" is... ...
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Tense of “lie”/“lay” in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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What are the differences between the following sentences [closed]

When the statement is written... When the statement has written... Is the first sentence using "written" as an adjective? Is the second sentence using the perfect-present tense? Do the two ...
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Tense usage in relation to date of birth of deceased individuals [duplicate]

Let's say Bob passed away. Would we say, "Bob's birthdate was xxx" or "Bob's birthdate is xxx"? Birthdates don't change, which makes me inclined to use 'is', but sounds a little weird if the person is ...
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Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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If you will have vs If you have

If you will have dinner at home, tell me. or If you have dinner at home, tell me. What is the difference between the two sentences? Which one sounds natural?
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A since-clause in present tense marking off a period of time

Question: In English, can you use a present tense since-clause to mark off a period that starts at some time in the past and continues to and includes the present? Background: Unfortunately, my ...
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Why verbs are singular for past and future tense? [migrated]

I am curious why there is no plural for past/future tense. i.e present tense - He hurts himself while cutting the fruits. past tense - He hurt himself while cutting the fruits. future tense - He ...
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“All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”

In the sentence, "All I had, and all I have now, were clues", should the verb be "were" or "are", or should the sentence be rephrased so that I don't have to choose between matching the verb to the ...
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Past tense means politeness? [closed]

Questions asked using past tense, some examples like: "Would you mind...?", "Could you please...?", "Should I do...?", "Did you want...?" It seems people are using past tense in these sort of ...
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tense agreement [on hold]

Raphael ranks among the greatest artists of all time. Yet they say he once sold what has since become a masterpiece for a bit of food. One evening the great painter saw a mother singing to her ...
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Using references to the present in past tense narrative

I am writing a Young Adult novel with narrative in the past tense however I want to include some words such as now, this, tonight, etc that indicate present but don't know if I can. However, I am ...
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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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If you were listening…, you might wonder

This is part of Obama's commencement speech: Which brings me to my third point: Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. (Applause.) These are qualities ...
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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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Can a hypothetical question be in past tense? Please see my example

If you passed a subject without learning anything valuable about it, did that subject really help you?
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could past perfect tense and present perfect tense coexist in a compound sentence. Please do not mark as duplicate if you have not read the question [duplicate]

Mike ( had broken | broke ) his mother's vase last night but he has not told her yet. Question: Some argue it must use "broke" instead of "had broken" because "last night" could not be used with past ...
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Tense for something that occurs after something else in the past [closed]

I was wondering what the proper tense would be to describe a later action in a sentence that is written in a past tense. For instance: He listened as his parents told him what would be expected of ...
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I'm confused. Present perfect or simple past? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "I never lied to you." & "I've never lied to you."? It would be of great help if you provided me with examples, as well. Thank you. :)
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What does this sentence mean in flannery o' connor's short story? [closed]

I was reading 'A good man is hard to find' and I could not understand this: It isn't a soul in this green world of God's that you can trust", She said. "And I don't count nobody out of that, not ...
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Sorry I'm late, the car wouldn't start this morning! [closed]

This sentence is used in a Grammar book. I wonder why they used "wouldn't start"? Thanks so much!
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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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Archaic conjugation of common verbs? [closed]

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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present perfect or past simple

Never since Nietzsche has anyone undertaken such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. Never since Nietzsche did anyone undertake such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. What's the correct form?
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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Tense of verb after conjunction

Jumping straight into my question, consider these two sentences: He had finished the recitation and closed the book. He had finished the recitation and had closed the book. Which of the above two ...
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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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Does “I have been waiting for you” mean that “I am still waiting”?

Assume that I was waiting for someone for several hours and finally, he/she arrived to the meeting late. I wonder whether I say "I have been waiting for you", it means that I am still "waiting" or not....
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“Manifest” vs. “manifested”

Which of the following is correct? This idea is manifest in two influential theories. This idea is manifested in two influential theories. What I want to say is that there is a common idea ...
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Use of the phrase: “currently has been”

When I want to say a program at this moment has been continuously used for year. Is it okay to say: The program currently has been used for over a year.' And if not, what is the best, concise ...
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Confused by the grammar(tense usage) in New Concept English 3 Lesson 17

Recently I was confused by the tense usage of a text from New Concept English, the text says: Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it ...
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Double use of future tense after “I hope that”

I was wondering whether it was correct to use "will" twice in the following sentence: I hope that 2016 will be the year I will get to travel. Using the present tense in the second half of the ...
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What tense is this is “will have had to have seen”?

I was making a table of the sentence "You must/have to see it." ("You see it.") in different tenses and moods in German with the English equivalent. I ended up writing these three sentences down (in ...
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Using “had” vs “have” in conjunction with “previous”

This is a rather pedantic question and the only reason I ask is because something sounds wrong to me. Say someone is giving instructions to a person to write down a name they used to go by but no ...
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Does “typically” always imply a habitual occurrence?

Example: When she lost her wallet, typically, she panicked. That looks awkward and incorrect. A present tense version of the sentence looks correct: When she loses her wallet, typically ...
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Uses of Present Perfect [migrated]

I have a book that says "we use present perfect for something that happened in the past without a specific time and still continue until now". Then what should I use if it happened in the past with a ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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Present perfect simple or present perfect continuous with “often”

"Have you visited him often?" "For the last six months I've driven up to B. quite often." "For the last six months I've been driving up to B. quite often." The rule I have is that the present ...