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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how to get to know the tense of would auxiliary verb?

i see that "would" in the text is used in present ,past and future. I got confused to get the correct tense of the sentence having would as a auxilary verb .
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A sentence with double negative

I came across the following sentence in Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five. “Trout would have gone upstairs if Billy hadn't asked him not to.” If this sentence is considered independently, ...
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Why is “earnt” not a word?

Being an Australian I am accustomed to -t past tenses like learnt and spelt, so naturally I would write and say "earnt". However, when I wrote "earnt" in an email, Outlook underlined it as a misspelt ...
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A date “is”,“was”, or “will be” a Monday?

March 1st, 1999 is a Monday March 1st, 1999 was a Monday March 1st, 2099 is a Sunday March 1st, 2099 will be a Sunday Is there a preferred version? Do they have different meaning?
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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" ...
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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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Grammar - which tense should I use [on hold]

I work with xyz pvt ltd, and I joined that company in 2011 and am still working there. I simply want to tell this to the HR Executive during the interview. What is the grammatically correct way to ...
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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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As sent to or as send to

In the sentence: The invoices, as sent to the customers by mail. When the invoices have already been sent. I suppose it would be sent. But when the sentence refers to the process of the sending ...
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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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“If he saw that he should act” or “If he sees that he should act”

If he saw that he should act immediately or If he sees that he should act immediately Any differences betweeen these?
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Why “Sleep well” after sleep?

I heard protagonists say "Sleep well?" after sleep in a movie and got curious; why is it "Sleep well", not "Slept well"? Shouldn't it be "Slept well"? Since they are not about to sleep, but already ...
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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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I will give you the money after my parents [give it/have given] it to me? [closed]

I will be giving something to someone after I get it from elsewhere. I will give you the money after my parents give it to me. I will give you the money after my parents have given it to ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for a couple of years, once we moved to Shanghai. I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for ...
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“Was wondering” + present tense (tense concordance?)

I need a native speaker's opinion here Do these sentences sound natural to you? 1- I was wondering what she thinks of me. 2- I was wondering how he is doing. 3- I was wondering if you agree ...
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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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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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“Already”, “yet” or something else?

My students have been working for making questions about newspaper articles, and I am checking their questions now. My question is about the usage of "already". The following sentences are from BBC, ...
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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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What's with the passive present perfect progressive?

I was taught that we made passive voice using be + the participle of the main verb, without changing the verb tense. E.g., I send letters. (present simple) Letters are sent. (present simple ...
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Is there a name for these verbs?

This is from a half-remembered class about -ing forms. Consider: Category A I'm knowing that. I'm needing it. I'm wanting this. I'm hating you. as against Category B ...
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Tense selection to describe previously-developed software [closed]

I am in the process of writing documentation for a software project. I would like to understand what would be the best tense to use for the description of the code/tools that had been (?) developed by ...
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'Have had,' auxiliary & main verb

I am still a little confused as to what tense I am using when I say She has had a lot of bad luck lately Am I using the past simple with the present perfect and had as an auxiliary verb? ...
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Which one would sound better : “are used” or “being used”

This question is similar to this one but I'm trying to decide the tense to use in here : I often use "is being" and "are being" in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically? ...
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Correct form of the question in past tense [duplicate]

I have two sentences: Do other requests returned no results? Did other requests return no results? The first question is: Is both of the mentioned sentences are grammatically correct? I mean, ...
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Should I use the past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

I am struggling to choose the correct tense for this question: What were the names of the sons of Mahatma Gandhi? OR What are the names of the sons of Mahatma Ghandi? His sons have passed away so ...
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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 tense should I use to describe something that could be true, and is true? [closed]

haha, that is what I was going to say, then I figure someone would have already thought that line. Dang! context: I am surveying Quora home feed and saw an interesting comment. The above sentence ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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I wonder whether the past tense is interchanged with the present tense [duplicate]

The reason I stopped smoking was that all my friends had already stopped smoking. The reason I stopped smoking is that all my friends had already stopped smoking. - I wonder if the verb "was" is ...
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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining” [closed]

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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Can the verb “wish + that clause” express open possibility?

We often use "wish + that clause" to express a past/present counterfactual statement or a future unlikely event (i.e. remote possibility): I wish I hadn't quit my job. (But I quit my job.) I ...
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Correct Verb Tense

I am writing a software description in which I am explaining the actions the end user can take with regard to his/her assumed previous actions. Is it grammatically correct to use present perfect for ...
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Is this construction of the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Today I see ways how several aspects of filmmaking industry can be improved so that myriads of struggling filmmakers won’t be left overboard and can find their niche in this very complex business.
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which tense is right to use? [closed]

In my test work I had such a question: Children who (to come) to the cinema tomorrow [pick a form of the verb "to come" to make a correct phrase] Which tense is right to use, the Future Simple ...
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which word is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which one is correct? After throwing their back in to the back of their car they……. more than a mile. A.drove B.Had driven C.Had been driven
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“went past” or “went passed”? [duplicate]

How about when there is this question: The cars went past it? or The cars went passed it?
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Use of Present simple tense (You stroll in…) [duplicate]

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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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset? [closed]

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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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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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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“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?