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The present tense is a grammatical tense that locates a situation or event in present time.

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Who + Present Perfect & Present Perfect Continuous

Can I ask these questions, as to understand what happened while I was in the other room talking on the phone? Does the first one put emphasis on the complete result and the second one on the ...
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Present verb/adjective in different contexts in the present tense

I am coming from software developer context and here was a sentence: Don't refuse packages from install when the hook is not present. I doubt that hook is not present is a good choice here ...
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What tense should be used at sentence «Currently i work as engineer, but i also look for work as manager»? [migrated]

What tense should be used at this sentence? Now i use Present Simple, and at the one hand it seems to be right choice, because my work is not attached to a time, but at the other hand something this ...
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Is this sentence correct? Not shame sometimes to cry [closed]

If anyone knows it, please let me know, or tell me how to say it correctly. Thank you DE
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Should the verb “die” be used in the present simple tense when talking about an individual?

There's this quote from the game Batman: Arkham Origins in which there's the phrase "She dies" which Ferris says about Mr. Freeze's wife Nora, who's suffering an uncurable disease. Shouldn't it be ...
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Is it correct to use present continuous with 'usually'?

Normally one says: He usually reads in the afternoon. Is it correct to use the present continuous with 'usually'? For example, He is usually reading in the afternoon. If it is correct, what ...
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Which is grammatically correct? we're having rain or we've been having rain

Can you believe all of this rain we've been having? or Can you believe all of this rain we are having?
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present perfect with 'When' [closed]

I've been wondering which of the sentences below is gramatically correct. 1) When it has compeletely destroyed you, grief will be there. 2) When it has compeletely destroyed you, grief is there.
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Is this present continuous or present simple? “There are children playing on the street.”

“There are children playing on the street.” Tense-wise, how would you categorize this? Should this be accepted as an example for the present continuous tense? My first instinct was no, but the ...
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Future simple or present simple? [closed]

Which one is the correct sentence? If you need a dictionary, I'll lend you mine. If you need a dictionary, I lend you mine.
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Anything wrong with bar girl english?

I find teaching a new (young Thai) english conversation learner something like "he no like teacher" vastly easier than "he doesn't like his teacher" because that click of understanding and ...
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Several ways (in context of tenses) to express planned near future actions

I am reading a English book and in simple present tense section it is mentioned that simple present tense can be used to express planned events of near future, but in present continuous section same ...
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Present simple only?

my friend who is learning english, asked me to check his grammar test, he told me they only started learning present simple, text is: (Words in CAPITAL should be put in the correct form) However, in ...
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I am looking for a word in English that means something specific about the immediate present

I'm doing research on manufacturing systems and throughout my papers I need to refer to events as they approach a line t=0 which is, to within a differential slice of time, the exact present between ...
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Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Progressive [duplicate]

I am taking a Mooc on grammar and punctuation on Coursera, and have been asked a question during a lecture: Do these two sentences have similar meaning or different meaning? Julie has studied ...
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I see vs. I can see [the usage of the instantaneous Present Simple)

From Fly High 4 by Jeanne Perrette & Charlotte Covill (suspiciously French-sounding names...) by Pearson Longman, unit 13, page 40, "They went through town": "I can see Claudia and Magnus," ...
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Mixing simple present and a present participle in the same phrase?

I'm writing an explanation of my duties in a job that I currently have, and I came up with the bullet: Organize large groups of over 200 people, directing them to activities and allocating seating in ...
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previously was/had been

So I asked a question that I knew I had asked a long time ago and actually made me think... "Am I the only one whose program went back to how it previously was or not?" The aforementioned quotation ...
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For reports written in present tense, which time is usually used for “citations”? Present or past tense?

In German reports, most of the time the present tense is used when followed by any kind of citation. E.g. - There is a need for more biocompostable plastics. The XYZ CEO says that... - The CEO ...
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Antonym of “assume” or; a synonym of “assume” and its antonym

As the title implies, I am looking for a good, simple, single word antonym of "assume". Alternatively, if no good antonym exists that satisfies the requirements below, I am also open to suggestions ...
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Can you use future tense and switch to present in the same sentence?

As in: Occasionally, he will spontaneously generate the sentences on his own and sometimes uses, "May I have."
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I “am flying” or I “will be flying” to Paris later this morning?

Got this sentence in a multiple choice question exam "I'm going to the airport in a minute. I _____ to Paris later this Morning" A) will be flying B) am flying C) will fly D) ...
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“It expires…” vs “It would expire by 31 Oct”

Your collected Amazon Pay offer for Swiggy would expire by 31-Oct-2018. Please help me understand why 'would' is used in the place of 'will'. Also, can we not use the simple present here that ...
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Present perfect with a past temporal expression

I know the present perfect tense may not be used with temporal expressions which define a timeframe which does not include the present. For example: WRONG: I've visited him on Monday. However, when ...
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Present perfect or past perfect in “The critique, provided to me this weekend by a prominent diplomat who has lived in Washington a long time”

Is the usage of the Present Perfect Tense, "has lived", correct in the sentence below? Should it be the Past Perfect tense instead? “The critique, provided to me this weekend by a prominent ...
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“would” as an auxiliary for present tense conditionals

Both of these sentences feel wrong to me: if I am alone, I will go today if I would be alone, I will go today By looking up some rules, it seems that using would in the protasis is a common mistake,...
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Past simple vs. present simple for the verb “hate” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct? and Why? She told me last week she hates action movies. She told me last week she hated action movies. As "hate" is a sensual verb and it does not finish in the past (you ...
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Could someone explain to me the grammar of this sentence? [duplicate]

"My train arrives at 7.30 tomorrow".. or "My train will arrive at 7.30 tomorrow" Which one is gramatically correct? Usually I use the future but I heard a lot of people that use the first sentence and ...
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Writing a personal narrative and wondering if this application of present tense mixes with most of the sentence, which is in past tense

This sentence doesn't sound all that right, but at the same time I think it is. I grabbed underwear, a tee with red sleeves and khaki shorts and headed for the master bathroom, which houses the ...
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Using present continuous for tendencies

Can one use present continuous to describe tendencies, such as: Oh this word? It's not being actively used these days anymore. This sounds good to me, but I can't find a grammar rule to support ...
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“It starts at…” vs. “It is at…”?

What is the difference between "It starts at 9pm" and "It is at 9pm" when we speak about future event?
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Mixing Present Simple tense with Present Participle

I've recently heard the following sentences: What is this tell us about the deployment of first self driving cars? What do we learning from this? Both violate standard grammatical rules. But since ...
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“Have helped” or “helped”? [duplicate]

you have helped me (Present Perfect) you helped me (Past Simple) Which one is correct and why?
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Choose usage is correct?

Using "choose" as present tense is correct at below? I am not native English speaker, when I thought my language, logically I would use "and parents could choose school offering .... " "In ancient ...
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“my email ID has changed” vs “my emil ID is/has been changed”

I want to ask one thing. Sometimes we hear people say my email ID has changed. As per my understanding present perfect tenses need a subject which is missing above. I find these sentences little ...
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Is 'nothing is impossible' and 'anything is possible' the same?

I wonder if these two sentences mean exactly the same, or is there any difference?
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How can I tell about thing that it is started on the past, and we still doing it until now, and it we will continue do it

I want to shortly tell some one about a task, assigned to us as a team, that we started doing the task, and yet we are doing it and will continue to it. as example: The development started last ...
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Why didn't you tell me you spoke or speak English? [duplicate]

I watched an interview and an interviewer was surprised that a guy who was interviewed by him can speak English and he said Why did't you tell me you spoke English ? Why did he use the past tense?...
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“A lengthy accounting of what took place” vs. “a lengthy account of what took place”

I proof read a letter for a friend today. The body of the letter explained various situations over a 2 day period that made her uneasy. In her closing she wrote "I know this has been a very lengthy ...
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What does it mean when a plural verb is sometimes used with a singular country-name as the subject? [duplicate]

I read a statement in this Facebook post: Belgium make a statement with a clinical win My question is why is it Belgium make in the plural, not Belgium makes in the singular? Wouldn’t you say ...
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Can I use Present tense for actions that have just happened? [closed]

Could someone help me with this please... I wanted to know if I could use the present tense to describe something happened just a few seconds ago instead of using past tense? For example: (A) ...
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“is starting on …” Why is it Present?

I have exercise to create sentences in Present Continuous but in one of them is. " The sales is starting on Monday". My question is about time used here, in my opinion this will happens only in future ...
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When to use “had” plus past participle and simple past

Which is correct? A. Elizabeth I. had reigned as queen of England from 1558 to 1603. B. Elizabeth I. reigned as queen of England from 1558 to 1603. My answer is B but as per correction of the ...
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sentence identification

What are these sentences ? The moors, which were covered in heather, appeared mystical under the gray mist. My favorite type of food is Japanese, especially sushi, I wish I knew how to make it myself ...
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'talking about' vs 'talk about'

I came across the following sentence on the internet: "When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either have or have got." Is ...
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The estimated length of a future event is / will be … (tense)?

Say, I am travelling in Thailand next month, and I estimate that it will take me 1 week for the travel. What tense should I use to describe the estimated length of the travel : "The estimated length ...
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He is in Coma for 2 years vs He has been in coma for 2 years

He is in Coma for 2 years ( is it correct if he is still in coma) He has been in Coma for 2 years ( what is the difference ) Question : Why are you not coming to office? Answer : I am Sick for 3 ...
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Amount of the Payment (tense) [duplicate]

Say, previously I received a payment of $100 from Party A, and NOW I am describing the amount of the payment: "The amount of the payment was $100" (past tense). Must the past tense be used? Is it ...
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Learning about the difference between past simple and past perfect

I've been reading about the difference between past simple and past perfect and I've found that when a series of events are narrated in order past simple is the one to be used. When the events aren't ...
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He is slow. He is sure. Change this simple sentence to compound sentece?

Can i interchange the sentence like ' He is sure that he is slow'? or use and as conjuction- 'He is slow and he is sure'? Is both correct?