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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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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On tense: 'realized that the number of something had been increasing'

Why does a sentence like I realized that the number of cars had been increasing sound strange? I googled "realized that the number of * had been increasing", and then I found only three exmples. ...
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why do we add s and put is in these sentences [on hold]

My question is why do we add s to these sentence Are you the one who plays the violin? Why do we add s to play and one in this sentence mean you You are the one who is funny in the class ...
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I have confusion in using present and past tenses in writing about history of english literature.please this for me [on hold]

American literature is also divided into periods for convenience because of its common traits and characteristics. Naturally, the first phase of American literature is of colonial literature. This ...
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open and closed [on hold]

Why one would say "I am open for a constructive conversation" but on the other hand, one would say ""I am closed for a constructive conversation". The later version is in past form, the first one in ...
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optional backshifting confusion [duplicate]

In reported speech tenses are generally back shifted. But if what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tenses is optional. My question is if someone doesn't back ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which us correct ? Are or were ?
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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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Usage of *was going to do* [closed]

The following is an article by Patrick Wintour in The Guardian website. Miliband’s team admitted that they were slow to realise the danger. One close adviser admitted that he was initially ...
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What's with the passive present perfect progressive? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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reported speech optional backshifting

In reported speech tenses are generally back shifted. But if what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tenses is optional. My question is if someone doesn't back ...
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Verb Tense for Recommendation

I am writing a recommendation for a project. My recommendation may or may not be followed, so I have been using conditional present throughout. Examples: The module would be responsible for ... The ...
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Is this about future or past? [duplicate]

There is a table titled Project Results Framework. In one of its columns it says "Indicators", and in the row below that, it says this: By the middle of 2011, analysis is finalized and up to date ...
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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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optional backshifting [duplicate]

I have been asking a lot about optional back shifting. I understand that if what is said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tense is optional. I just have one doubt. If what ...
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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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Using the present tense to write about future events as future events

I'm an undergraduate student. Today, I was writing an email to my department's undergrad adviser to request a meeting to discuss what I will study next year. When I began to write the email, I wrote ...
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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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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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Question about the usage of “WAS”

I have a question that really confuses me. Imagine I was chatting with my friends in a cafe, and friendA walked out the place for whatever reason. FriendB replied "she was beautiful," in this case ...
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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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When do I use “can” or “could”?

When should I use can? When should I use could? What is right under what context?
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Present Perfect Question

I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately about tenses. But please bear with me here. NASA scientists have decided to delay the space shuttle's launch in order to determine whether ...
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Past Perfect Confusion

In a book these two forms are acceptable: Before a complete version of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women appeared in 1880, the book had been published in two separate volumes. AND ...
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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 Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and ...
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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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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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“I ever met” vs. “I have ever met”

In the following context, is it okay to say "I ever met" or is it "I have ever met"? Three years later you remain the coolest person I met.
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Referring to results in past or present tense [closed]

When I am reporting the status of some results, should I use past tense? For example, would it be correct to say, when the test result was announced in the past, "Your test result was failed. I am ...
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“I'll keep you company while you wait” or “I'll keep you company while you're waiting”

I know that while, like after, before, when, as soon as introduce time clauses, which require the present simple: I'll keep you company while you wait. But so many of the students have used the ...
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How many tenses are there in English?

Do we have 16 tenses in English? With future present past future in the past in these forms simple continuous perfect perfect continuous Can we manipulate these together to create English ...
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There was a rumor + is/was

Could anyone tell me that if the sentence "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." is grammatically correct ? Please advise me. Some say it is correct while others say it is ungrammatical. I'm ...
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What is his name again? vs. What was his name again?

Which sentence from the title sounds more natural when asking for clarification about something which has already been discussed? Is one tense preferable overall? Take the following examples: ...
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…is/was in debt

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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Which tense is (more) correct in this sentence, the present perfect or past simple?

The sentence is: "These investigations have seen several officials arrested." I'm not sure which tense I should use, the present perfect here seems more natural to me but I can't seem to find a rule ...
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Past vs. present tense in relative clauses in the past

Which sentence is grammatically correct, and why? He wrote a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice. He wrote a didactic novel that sets out to expose social injustice.
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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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Why is “earnt” not a word? [duplicate]

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 sentence with double negative [closed]

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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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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Grammar - which tense should I use [closed]

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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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 ...