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

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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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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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Use of two tenses in one sentence (Isn't and wasn't)

This sentence makes e confused because of the use of the two tenses. It sounds wrong to me but I can't tell where the wrong is. I know that it's okay to use more than one tense in a sentence, but is ...
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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?
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present perfect progressive with stop/start

A student asked me: Can I say 'I have been stopping this project / I have been starting this project' to express repeated action (with present perf. prog)? My answer was 'no', but I am having a hard ...
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“since two months ago”? [duplicate]

My students write sentences like this: She hasn't gone out with him since two months ago. so I want to know if this sentence is right or wrong in English grammar.
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Simple present vs simple future which one is correct in the below context

I usually say, The next flight will be at 7AM tomorrow, but I read a similar sentence in a book which goes like this, The next flight is at 7:00 tomorrow morning. I just want to know which one is ...
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Is traffic a countable noun or an uncountable noun?

Example sentence: "Not much/many traffic passes this way."
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Headed or heading?

This is more of a claim than a question. I claim that a construction like "I am headed home (which you will hear a lot in America) is wrong. The present progressive must utilize the ing-form. Try ...
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I remembered ‘seeing’ or ‘having seen’ him.?

I was wondering how to express the sentence correctly: I remembered seeing him before. or I remembered having seen him before. And what if remember wouldn’t be in past tense but in present tense? I ...
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Which is commoner here: Past Simple or Past Perfect?

For a native speaker of English, which construction is commoner ? 1- The interviewer asked me which university l went to. 2- The interviewer asked me which university l had been to. Thanks.
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present perfect simple/ present simple

Can't find the right answer. Help! Use PPS or PS B. How long / you / have /that? A. We / have / it since the kids / be / tiny. It / belong / to my parents before us, so it / be / the family ...
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Is this kind of historic present sentence?

I heard this sentence in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's(film)'. What happened to you, anyway? You take off for the powder room and that's the last I see you. The speaker talks about things happened at ...
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What tense should I use when describing a place in my memory?

Say I want to describe my trip to London, and I liked the shops. Should I say 'there WERE many shops' or 'there ARE many shops'? Also, 'the host was friendly' or 'the host is friendly'? The fact ...
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“might have been” vs “might be”

I have a question about the present perfect and present simple. Here's a sample dialogue. A: "I can't find my umbrella. Have you seen it?" B: "It might be in the car." Why don't we use the "...
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present perfect continuous vs. present continuous [duplicate]

how can we differenciate present perfect continuous . we use it for the actions which started in the past and still continuing but we start doing the exam in present continuous tense. I am working on ...
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Which tense we have to use for the reported speech? [closed]

There is an exercise in Raymond Murphy's book on reported speech. In Exercise 48.1, all the answers have been given in past form. However, at Unit 48.A, there is written that It is not always ...
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perfect continuous conditional tense doubt

"I just wanted for you to come back home when you would have been ready." I wonder if the sentence above is correct. I have some doubts about the tense after "when". Thanks for the help!
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“I thought about how this machine works/worked.” (confusion about past vs. present)

I'm not certain about which tense to use in this sentence: "I thought about how this machine _____." (This is coming from a scenario where I had previously used the machine and started to think about ...
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Can present tense be used without an adverb like “usually” or “always” when describing a habit?

I understand we use the present tense when we describe habits. "My dog always sleeps under the bed." "It usually sits on the sofa." Does it make sense if I leave 'always' and 'usually' out? as in ...