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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conditional tenses

please can anyone help me analyse the tenses in this conditional sentence: "If we did not stay up so late, we would not be so tired." What's the tense of "did not stay up" here? It's not past ...
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“If I knew you're coming I wouldn't have come”

Is the statement If I knew you're coming I wouldn't have come correct? Should we use If I had known you're coming, I wouldn't have come instead? Please consider American-British ...
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Correct usage of “has been” and “had been”

I would like to know whether any of these sentences are correct: Yesterday, I found out that all the money I had in my bank account has been stolen from me. Yesterday, I found out that all ...
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Logic of tense in fiction

In the following sentence, the narrator is telling a story about herself: A few minutes later, still hearing the fall of their hooves, I called out over my shoulder, “Nothing for you, cows. Nothing ...
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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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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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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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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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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When to use 'is' and 'has'? [on hold]

I have a question about where to use is and has. Examples: The tea boy is come. or The tea boy has come. Lunch is ready. or Lunch has ready. He is come back. or He has come back. She is assigned ...
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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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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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Supercede or Supersede?

I work with thousands of part numbers. Some of the referenced items are now unavailable, and a replacement has been found. In communicating to my users, do I say "x supercedes to y" or "x ...
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Going back and forth in time gramatically?

The sentence(s): The ice breaks beneath them, and they are stuck in their car while it is being filled with ice-cold water. Dawn’s mother had tried to convince Sam, Dawn’s father, not to go on the ...
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How to use tense when saying something happened several days ago?

I'm confused when saying something happened in the past, I know the basic rule for using the past tense, like, I went to the church yesterday. But it's always hard for me to write a complex ...
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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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Tense of character sketch [closed]

When writing a character sketch of character from a short melodrama, in which tense should we write, past indefinite or present indefinite?
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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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Combining past and present tense

I get a bit confused when you can and can't combine the present and past tense. For example, look at the following sentence: When the plane landed, I looked out the window because I wanted to see ...
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be wondering - tenses

In reference to: Why is the past tense used in "I was wondering if you would like to come for dinner?" I'd like to ask why we usually use "I was wondering if..." not "I have been wondering ...
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [closed]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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“I love” versus “I've loved” usage [migrated]

Which quote is proper? "I believe in love at first sight because I've loved my mom since I opened my eyes." or "I believe in love at first sight because I love my mom since I opened my ...
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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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I worked vs. I was working vs. I have been working all day [closed]

I teach English to beginners and I usually begin the lesson by asking them how they spent their day. Many of them say "Oh, I worked all day today", and sometimes I hear "I was working today". ...
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Is this sentence correct, or am I switching tenses incorrectly?

As my health improved, I began to get involved in the local community—participating in committees, organizing projects, and networking with others to effect positive change. Is it okay to switch ...
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past continuous or present continuous

I'm slightly confused, Shouldn't we stick to the past continuous in this sentence? The Germans began running to the town and when they realized the Jews are escaping, started shooting at them and ...
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'The thing is done with' tense

In need some help describing this writing style: A procedure can be written as "The bowl is washed with water, then....." or "The bowl was washed with water, then...." The second version is third ...
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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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Verb after 'never' is in what tense?

Does it need to be in base form, present tense , past tense , past participle or continual tense ? EXAMPLE: She never (*forget/ forgets/ forgot / forgotten/ forgetting ) to do her homework.
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expressing uncertainty in the past: “could be” vs. “would have been”

Yesterday I wrote the below snippet in an email, but looking at it again it doesn't sound right: Last term I did way too much teaching related stuff (my fault, didn’t really know how much time ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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Position of adverbs

It says that the position of adverbs should come before the verb and the example they give is: We will soon have a break. In this example, is it not acceptable to have the adverb after the verb: ...
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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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“can” vs. “could”

"This case report suggests that a lung embolism CAN/COULD occur in a patient with no pulmonary vulnerabilities." Which of these verbs is correct in this sentence?
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Past Simple or Present Perfect with “Never”? [duplicate]

I have this example in my practice book where I need to use the Past Simple or Present Perfect: My grandfather died before I was born. I have never met him. The right answer is "I never met ...
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Can the choice between Present Perfect vs Past Simple be influenced by external events?

What is meant by 'an external event'? For example, death. Let there be two celebrities, one who is still alive (Leonardo DiCaprio), and one who is dead (Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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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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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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“What do I think?” vs “What am I thinking?”

Here's a fragment from King John and the Abbot: “And first, when thou seest me here in this stead, With my crowne of golde so fair on my head, Among all my liege-men so noble of birthe, Tell ...
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Can I use a noun phrase with “after” or “before” to talk about specific past events or “past perfect” is required?

I know that gerunds can be used with before or after in the present tense when talking about facts: I always turn off the lights before going to bed. But can I use a gerund with "after" or ...
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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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Attempt at formulating verb tenses when time travel is involved?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has an amusing section on the problems associated with verb tenses when time travel is involved. It has several examples which appear to be constructed for their ...
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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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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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Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM [closed]

Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM.
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Perfect Continuous

I know we use Past Perfect Continuous when an event in the past continue up until another event in the past: I had been talking with her for over an hour before Tony arrived. Can we use it when ...