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When providing more information about an event in the past, are we allowed to use present continuous?

While describing an event in the past, is it possible to use present continuous or present perfect continuous while still being grammatically correct? In order to explain my question a bit better, I ...
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Must things be arranged if I use Present Continuous for the future?

I know that I should use Present Continuous if I decided AND arranged to do some things. But I'm not sure about that AND. I am wondering if just one of the conditions is enough. For example: I am ...
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Is try to vs is trying to

I was taking a quiz at Coursera and there was a sentence What kitchen counter may be a better environment to help someone who is try to manage their weight? I was confused – shouldn't this be "is ...
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Have been or had been

I am confused about how to use was/were with person perfect has/have been..for example if I would say " they were told that they have not been introduced so far...why have been and why not had been?
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Which one would fit better in this context between present continuous and present perfect continuous?

It is from official standard English test. The question is like below. Fitness enthusiasts may feel that their workouts are no longer as effective as they were. When an individual ______________ for ...
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Present Simple or Present Progressive?

I've got a sentence which claims to use the Present Simple. The source of the sentence is https://en.puzzle-english.com/directory/present-simple-markers where the use of the Present Simple is ...
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Any difference between these two (Present or Present Cont.)

"My husband will always invite his friends round for a drink just as I'm trying to put the kids to bed!" or "My husband will always invite his friends round for a drink just as I try to put the kids ...
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Confused between Simple Present and Present Progressive

I know that the Present Progressive is used for current events (the action is happening right now) and Simple Present is for express habits. But, i'm still having trouble to distinguish them. For ...
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Use present continuous instead of present simple in a sentence

I saw on my english book the exercise's sentence: According to many, Google is changing our lives by broadening our knowledge of the world. Is it also correct "changes" instead of "is changing" ...
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Helping [to] + infinitive verb?

What would be correct? And why? I'm helping maintain the library. I'm helping to maintain the library. I'm helping maintaining the library. I'm helping in maintaining the library. (ok this one sounds ...
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Present continuous vs will + infinitive

The body of this question is divided into four sections: Exercise, Theoretical context, Answer and Questions. I believe this is the right site to ask given that this is a question about "word choice ...
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Can I use the verb "finish 'in present continuous tense?

Recently, in an essay, I used "finishing up" in a sentence. My teacher marked it wrong, because to finish something isn't an action that takes time. But I've heard "finishing up" used in real life. Is ...
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“ill” in present continuous [closed]

Present continuous tense Rules. Auxiliary verb “am or is or are” is used in sentence. 1st form of verb or base verb + ing (presentparticiple) is used as main verb in sentence. Question: Can we form ...
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The use of the present continuous instead of the future simple in context

I have stumbled upon it in this video. It is at 42 second. I know things can get overwhelming when you are out of school, there are no more grades, and all of a sudden people are talking about five-...
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What's the difference between “He's going to fly tomorrow”, “He's flying tomorrow” and “He flies tomorrow”? [closed]

Let consider that someone will take a flight tomorrow with a plan of course. In this case, we can use He's going to fly tomorrow in Simple Future. How ever, I've learnt that we can also use Present ...
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Present continuous to discuss action's frequency

I saw the following on an ESL test: John: How often …………… ? Dave: He …………… at least five days a week. a) does he exercise - swims b) is he exercising - is swimming c) is he exercising - ...