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Digress as past tense present and future [closed]

This was shown on Word Hippo is this correct because im not sure if """Digresses""" is a real word. The past tense of digress is digressed. The third-person singular simple present indicative form ...
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Past perfect instead of past simple in fiction

I read web fiction a lot and sometimes I notice sentences that, while being written in past perfect tense, might have been written in past simple tense as well. For example: He’d broken his ...
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Why is borne a past participle of bear?

This is a question that people have seldom ever asked. In the English language, past participles are verbs that usually end with "-ed" (or "-ore" for those whose present participles end with "-ear"). ...
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The article mentioned vs mentions

Currently, I am doing a case analysis of an article. The article's content uses past tense. I have to answer some questions in my case analysis, and the questions are asked in the present tense. I am ...
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I was working while I was studying at college [migrated]

I was working while I was studying at college, is it correct? And how to tell about past actions for example: 'In college I had a subject 'Web design' where I was making a static web-page', is it ...
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What verb tenses should I use with enumeration?

I have the following sentence. All of the actions described I've performed today. I've paid a visit, played chess, drank an espresso and bought a couple of souvenirs. My first tense is present ...
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Can You help me with my english? [closed]

Is It correct to say: "I had been his wife before he got married with her."?
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Why is it supposed to be “couldn't get” instead of “couldn't got”? [migrated]

Why is "Why couldn't she get tickets" correct instead of "Why couldn't she got tickets"? Why is it get in the present instead of got in the past tense?
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Which is correct “get” or “got” in this context? [closed]

You know what it feels like to be ignored and you got angry [referring to a previous event in the past] You know what it feels like to be ignored and you get angry [~it is not nice to be ...
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“He walked in the room” or “He was walking in the room”

So I've been arguing with anon about the difference between "walk in" and "walk into". He says "Walk in the room" means pretty much the same as if a person was physically walking in the room. What ...
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Life was OR Life were [closed]

Life was beautiful without the internet. OR Life were beautiful without the internet. which one is correct sentence? or sentence need some changes? Should I consider 'life' as singular or plural ?...
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Verb tense when comparing two different time frames in a sentence

I'm trying to contrast how I'm doing different things in two different times. My sentence is: "Then and now I (am/was) doing different things." Which form of "be" is correct in this case? Or are ...
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Questions about 'if' [migrated]

As for the use of ‘if’, especially when I’m not talking about ‘unreal’ situations, I’m confused about what is the correct way to use it when I talk about something that happened in the past. For ...
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Use of “then-current” in hypothetical past from the perspective of a hypothetical future

Would this be possible? It feels odd to me because using "then-current" feels like it is implying it actually happened and is being at that moment viewed in retrospect, when it is really a ...
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How can I express in a sentence something that happened in the past but that has an impact on the present?

Given that English is not my first language, I was wondering how to express a verb that started and ended in the past but that has a repercussion in the present moment... Is it correct to say “spent ...
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Use of Tenses: Stating a still-true fact in a memoir-styled story

I’m trying to translate a story into English, but I got stuck on tenses a lot. I did some research, but those cases aren’t quite the same as mine. Question: When telling a true story that happened in ...
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“I was going to do,but something happened”, “I was to do,but something happened” and “I was about to do,but something happened”have the same meaning?

Do "I was going to do,but something happened", "I was to do,but something happened" and "I was about to do,but something happened"have the same meaning?.I'm so confused right now. Please give me some ...
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Using “are” or “were” in a past tense and third person

Given that London currently has thirty-two boroughs, are both of these examples considered "past tense/third person"? 1. There were precisely thirty-two known boroughs in London. However, tucked ...
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The ways to indicate a state or an action which lasted and then ended at or before some point in the past?

I feel quite confused. If I want to say that something was true or was happening for a while before some point in the past, what ways does English give me to express that? If I want to express that ...
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Stateing Past Actions With Specified Time

When we specify the time with past tense do we state the final point of the action or the time interval in which the action happend (started and ended)? For example I started washing our car at 11:00 ...
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Actions That Terminate At Present Moment

Which tense should I use for actions which terminate exactly at the present time and the final point of the action is the present moment ? Can present perfect be used for this type of situation? Let'...
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Using Past Simple when talking about an event which was happening for a while before another event

I always thought when a person is speaking of two past events, they should use the Past Perfect tense for the earlier event. Like this: "I had been explaining (Past Perfect) this rule to you for ...
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Grammar: Past perfect or Past simple or something else entirely?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He left before she had finished her sentence. I have already read multiple articles on this and i know that past perfect is used when there are two actions with ...
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Stressing innovative studies has or have had? [duplicate]

I am unsure whether the sentence would make grammatical sense as has or have had. Is this sentence fragment considered singular or plural? Is stressing a gerund that makes it singular? Because ...
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Past Simple and Present Perfect

In the book Grammar Lab, there were examples of words that would give away the tense, for example, the words "yesterday, last week, the last time, when, etc" and "since, for, yet, still, so far, etc" ...
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Modal verbs and Past Perfect

Is it possible to use modal verbs in Past Perfect? I know we can use modal verb + perfect infinitive to talk about the past, e.g. I shouldn't have said that. This is Past Simple tense, isn't it? I ...
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Wanted to make sure you “had” or “have” what you need to make a start [closed]

Would you be able to explain which one is grammatically correct, or whether both can be grammatically correct depending on the context?
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Is the wording “haven't have had” correct?

The other day I started looking for the time of this sentence, I ended up wondering if it is right. I believe I've seen it in some literature, possibly in a movie, but I don't remember the scene or ...
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For a month vs. A month, Past Tense?

What is the difference between these two sentences? My expensive shoes only lasted a month. My expensive shoes only lasted for a month. Could we omit “for“? Does the phrase “a month” always ...
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When to use and not to use Past Perfect

This question has probably been asked many times, so I apologize in advance. I also apologize if it's too long and may not abide by all the rules. After seeing many examples of past perfect and past ...
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He was studying or he studied? [closed]

Is it correct to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he was studying at Carleton College" or is it better to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he studied at Carleton College"?
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After + past simple, is the action always completed?

In the following sentence: After I read the magazine, I decided to go out. For native speakers, does it mean: that I read the whole magazine and then went out that I read some pages and after a ...
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used to or past simple

Which of the sentences below is correct? My son used to play video games a lot when he was a child. My son played video games a lot when he was a child. Are they both correct? If not, is there a ...
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What is an archaic, rare noun or word for an archetypal, vengeant, past tensive male character who is of the past that many aspire to be like?

What I mean is "someone of old" that people could be drawn to. One who is stuck in the past and in his ways and dislikes the future. Something like: • an originator • an innovator • a predecessor • ...
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Past tense/present tense: Found out Vs. Finding out

Recently, one of my project mates corrected my writing, but I'm not sure if it has been corrected in the right way. Would you be kind to read it and tell me if it's correct in the native English ...
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While + Past Simple + Past Simple vs. While + Past Continues + Past Simple

We can use these two tenses together as below, for example: While she was walking on a sunny beach, Amy slowly read an extremely long book about justice. I was wondering under what conditions we ...
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Present tense of “unassigned”?

Why is there no present tense of unassigned? We have assign and assigned, so why is unassign not a proper word when we have unassigned?
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Why is the past tense of vomit generally spelled 'vomited' rather than 'vomitted'? [duplicate]

"Vomit" is not a recent addition to English, and nor does it have a peculiar pronunciation. Yet, the past tense of vomit does not follow the notion that a vowel followed by a consonant and emphasis on ...
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Grammar present perfect past perfect

This is kind of confusing for me. Would be happy to get the answer and find out the right way of using these constructions:) Is this correct and if not how I can use present and past perfect in one ...
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Confused between Past continuous and Past perfect continuous

In these following sentences, which one is grammatically correct? They were playing football since 10 o'clock. They had been playing football since 10 o'clock. According to this reference ...
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Past and when should i use what? [duplicate]

English grammar has been confusing me for a long time, so I want to ask some questions about the past and how you use it. I'm more interested in information about British English. When and how do you ...
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I was lucky to have had / I was lucky I had [duplicate]

Which one is correct, if I am talking about something that happened in the past and already ended? This is in the context of having a good friend: I was lucky to have had one back then OR I was ...
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Can “earlier this year” be used with past progressive?

I am struggling with the correct tense for the following sentence: Some of you might know me already as I was interning for six months at this company earlier this year. Since "earlier this year" ...
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Past tense questions in Middle English

I am attempting to ask a question that would be in past tense using middle English. The specific question is of the form “Person, where did you find this thing?” I was not able to find much about ...
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A specific example about past tense in subordinate clause

I've read several posts about "main clause past tense, can I use simple present tense in the subordinate clause?" and I think I get the basic idea. General truth can use present. He didn't know ...
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Past tense of “greenlight” [closed]

Is it greenlighted or greenlit? Is there a correct one or are both acceptable?
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Accredited Certification - past tense

Certified is the past tense of certify, associated with the noun Certification. What would the past tense associated with Accredited Certification be? 'Accredited Certified' seems wrong. 'Certified ...
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The perspective of people in the future looking back at now

My student came to me with this sentence that we disagree on. "People in the future will wonder why we have many traffic accidents today." I think 'have' should be 'had'. i.e. "People in the future ...
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Present perfect and simple past in same sentence “have” and “had” [closed]

I have seen the other questions similar to this topic, but they all explain how the sentence is in present perfect and simple past. My question is, I would like to know why, or what the grammatical ...
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Past tense of past tense

If a book is written in past tense, how do you describe something which was in the past? For example: I was waiting in the back of the line because I "punched" the son of the principal. The verb "...

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