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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Is “is been” a valid construction?

I have found sentences in some contexts which surprisingly use "is" and "been" together: He is been watching too much television lately. She is been feeling a little depressed. The compiler is been ...
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present or future with “whichever … sooner”?

Recently I was writing a formal letter to governmental bodies for some request. And one of the sentences was this: I will leave the State by the time of expiration of my permission or my intended ...
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“If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be…” What does this mean?

I'm translating a book, which involves logic and quoted the sentence from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: "If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ...
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Which is correct? where does? where did? [migrated]

Which is more appropriate to say? Where does Yuji buy the guitar? or Where did Yuji buy the guitar?
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Which is the most appropriate verb tense and mood for this text?

Access or use of this system without authorization or in excess of authorization either express or implied may subject violators to criminal and civil action. On top of that we would probably ...
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past perfect tense and comma usage in Churchill's book

I'm reading a book called "My early life" by Winston Churchill. "I was working in the saloon of the Indiaman, and had reached an exciting point in my story." 1) why did he put comma before "and had ...
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have lived vs have been living [duplicate]

Present Prefect- "I have lived in this town for 12 years." Present Perfect Continuous- "I have been living in this town for 12 years." In the context that I have been living in this town for 12 ...
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Questions on modals,tenses [on hold]

I'm not sure whether I used the right tenses? They say that he might not have done all he could to keep her safe There are many things he could have done over the years to keep her safe,but he ...
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Sweet song came/come from sad felling [closed]

which one of this is grammertically correct? Sweet song came from sad feelings. Sweet song come from sad feelings.
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“He has told me” vs. “he told me” [duplicate]

What are the differences between "he has told me" and "he told me"? I want to say "he has told me, he was love you".
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Did I know + loved or Did I know + love [closed]

Which of the following sentence is correct and why? Please help. Not until he died, did I know how much I loved him. Not until he died, did I know how much I love him.
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What verb tense is “are having to”? [closed]

In the sentence: Sadly we are having to stop providing this service. What verb tense is used in are having to?
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How to ask “why would I have regretted it”?

If someone asked me if I regretted something, how can I express if even his/her assumption that I regretted something surprises me? In my mother tongue I would answer with a question like "why would I ...
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I am not quite sure how to use “will had”, “had” and “had been” [migrated]

I am not quite sure how to use "will had", "had" and "had been" to make sentences. All I know is... I will have eaten my breakfast by 2pm. I have finished my project already. I have ...
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present perfect continuous passive

On the etiquette of my favourite beer you can read: Affligem abbey ale is being brewed in Belgium according to an old method since 1074. I would like to ask a native speaker whether the used tense ...
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“It had now been two weeks since he had left the house” [migrated]

It had now been two weeks since he had left the house. Is this use of since correct? Is the tense of the verb after it correct?
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Why “hadn’t gone” and not “didn’t go”?

I came across this sentence: We thought that Joe didn’t go to the museum with the rest of the class. It says it’s an incorrect construction and it should be: We thought that Joe hadn’t gone ...
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In writing and speaking, which one can I use? have took or taken [closed]

Which one is correct? I have took the class or I have taken the class? Would it be ok it I use I have took in spoken language?
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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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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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Is this the right use of “laid”? [duplicate]

The campfire crackled. Hunter laid in his sleeping bag and gazed up at the stars.
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Choice of tense to describe continuing status of an object

Hi I am so confused by the English tenses when I try to describe, for example a status change, something happened in the past, just at a point in time, but is still true until now. Please list those ...
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Correct tense for “I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies” [closed]

Whats the correct way of saying this? I wish I had more time so i could've baked some cookies I wish I've had more time so i could've baked some cookies
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'I was using', 'I have used', 'I have been using', 'I had used' - what is the difference amongst these?

First, is my question right? Does amongst fit here? Please differentiate the above phrases.
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Is the concept of “backshifted past tense” in reported speech applicable to other types of subordinate clauses?

BACKGROUND Cambridge Grammar of the English Language has this portion regarding backshift on page 154: Backsift not confined to indirect reported speech We introduced a concept of a ...
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Sorry I'm late, the car wouldn't start this morning!

This sentence is used in a Grammar book. I wonder why they used "wouldn't start"? Thanks so much!
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An abrupt change of tense in a dialogue

Here is the script of a dialogue between the presenter Lucy Worsley and Alexandra Loske, from the University of Sussex, talking about Princess Charlotte's laboring Lucy: He's talking here about a ...
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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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“We met when we were studying” vs. “when we had studied” [migrated]

Which one is correct? We met when we were studying in North Korea. We met when we had studied in North Korea. Could you give me a detailed explanation please?
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“I would give you all the help you needed” vs. “would need” vs. “need”

If you were ever in trouble, I would give you all the help you needed. Can you explain the tense choice for the bolded verb? How about "all the help you would need" or "all the help you need"?
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“Will have been seen” is it gramatically correct? [migrated]

I want to write a sentence which says that in the future current events at some point in time might start to be seen differently. It would be fun to know which events from the present will be seen ...
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Verb tense in short flashbacks

I am writing a short story (approx. 650 words) in the past tense, and one paragraph of this story (100-125 words) is written as a flashback. I originally planned to write the entire flashback ...
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Tense used with statistics

I would like to place a statistics in front of the sentence, followed by the agency that has reported it. The findings and reports were done many years ago. Which of the two is correct and why? ...
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What tense to use for research results/statistics

My question is similar to this one and this one. However, I think I need further elaboration to understand at what points I am supposed to use present tense, and where to use past tense. Now, my ...
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Difference between “What do you came for” and “What did you come for”?

I know what "What did you come for" is the Past Simple, but what is "What do you came for"? Verb "came" is a reference to the Past, but i've never seen construction like this. Is "What do you came ...
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Is this written in the active voice even though it's written in the past tense? How to tell? [duplicate]

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford was vandalised on Sunday after unknown marauders poured diesel liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable. The same pitch was ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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rewrite active voice to active voice, or passive to passive?

Is it possible to rewrite a sentence and retain the same 'voice'? We've been looking at active and passive voice in class, and how to rewrite from one to the other - but no one has mentioned Av to Av, ...
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I keep on finding exceptions of the rule that changes from present tense to past [closed]

I keep on finding exceptions that doesn't fit into the rule that a grammar book suggests. One of them is about changing regular verbs to past simple. It says, if the verb ends in a vowel + a ...
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proper usage of didn't had or didnt have [closed]

Its a simple ask as it doesn't appear to be wrong while using it in emails etc. I didn't had breakfast or i didnt have breakfast. Which one of above is better in grammatical manner.
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Is Chrome's “this webpage is not found” correct?

Chrome's webpage not found page (I'm running 39.0.2171.13 beta), says "this wepage is not found": This seems wrong to me. I would say, "this webpage could not be found". "Is not found" seems to ...
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“Where have you been?” or “Where had you been?” [closed]

Which usage is correct? Where have you been? Where had you been? Can we ask Where had you been as a past tense? Can I answer I had been which happened in the past? Is the rhyme Pussy ...
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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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How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?

Non-native speakers often get confused about what the various tenses and aspects mean in English. With input from some of the folk here I've put together a diagram that I hope will provide some ...
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Present perfect vs. present question

I have been reading Tonio Korger by Thomas Mann, translated by David Luke. Here is a sentence about which I have a question: He worked in silence, in invisible privacy, for he utterly despised ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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“Had been engaged when they married” vs. “were married” vs. “had married”

Which of the sentences below are grammatically correct? The couple had been engaged for five years when they married. The couple had been engaged for five years when they were married. The ...
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learning tenses

I was wondering if I am correct about in the following sentences as I am learning about tenses. If I buy 5,000 boxes of tea,what discount will you offer us? is this present simple for if i buy ...
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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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Narrative tenses (for things that haven't happened yet)

I learn that when we are telling a story, we should use past tense. What if in our story there's an event that will happen after the story being told? For example, in the following sentence: ...