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

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Use of present simple tense in sports commentaries

Given that the present continuous is used for something happening now, e.g. "I am eating", and the present simple is used for general facts, e,g. "Lions eat meat", why does sports ...
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"I wonder" when we're thinking out loud [duplicate]

The phone's ringing. Who's it for, I wonder? Or: I wonder what time the store opens. There are some materials I have made acquaintance with: https://youtu.be/BdaQ55-JlPg https://grammarhow.com/i-was-...
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Does this excerpt from a textbook describes the Present Indefinite in case of performatives?

The examples are from the book "A Grammar of Present-day English" by I. Krylova and E. Gordon. "I repeat, the girl has been extremely impertinent," he said. You leave me no choice. ...
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What is this "Style" called ? And How do i use it? [duplicate]

Example : Hahaha, I was just joking ...[stops], or was I ? He Sounds very familiar, or does he ? Sorry for the bad explanation but I think you got the point here ...
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Do we have always to use the simple past with the verb "to wish"?

My question revolves around the verb "wish". I am currently studying present continuous vs simple present, and there a section amongst the instructions entitled "verbs rarely used in ...
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I would like to know which option is the right one: Why did... or Why has...? [closed]

Why did the dog make so much noise this night? Why has the dog made so much noise this night?
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"I win" and "I've/have won" [duplicate]

I saw the movie "Leon" yesterday and heard the phrase "I win" at a specific moment. I know the difference between "I won" and "I win" but I'm confused about &...
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What is finished the verb or the object?

Is it definitely wrong to say? A: What did you do yesterday? B: I woke up, had a shower, wrote a book and then went to work. (I didn't write the whole book) 1:03 --- 1:10 a teacher from YouTube, ...
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Use of present simple in "I wonder what he does all day long?"

Consider the sentence (which may in speech either be modulated to indicate an invitation to reply, signified here by the question mark, or not): "I wonder what he does all day long?" The ...
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Use simple past or present? [duplicate]

Between these sentences: Ten years ago he showed me the location of the stations. There was a bridge that connected them. Ten years ago he showed me the location of the stations. There is a bridge ...
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I had a girlfriend. She (was/is) an american. Which one is correct and doesn't sound odd? [duplicate]

Which one doesn't sound odd and is correct? "I had a girlfriend. She was an american." Or "I had a girlfriend. She is an american."
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"A letter is written to inform" vs "A letter is written to be informed" [closed]

I write a letter to inform him I want to convert this sentence into the passive voice. But then wrote down these three sentences. I can't understand the difference between these sentences. Can anyone ...
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Is it "The only thing my father taught me (was/is) how to respect women? [duplicate]

Which one should be used? Was or is? Which is more likely to sound odd?
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"The only thing they forgot to teach us is/was how to be a student." Which is right? "Is" or "was"?

Which sounds correct? The only thing they forgot to teach is how to be a student. Or The only thing they forgot to teach was how to be a student.
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's ending in English simple present tense

I was wondering whether someone would be able to explain the origin of the -s form as used to bind a predicate with a third person subject (he,she,it) to express a "simple " present ...
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Present Perfect in the past time context

I have come across this paragraph in an English textbook: Does this ring a bell? I'm sure it does. We've all experienced annoying tricks when we were young – the brother who stole your toys and then ...
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the entire film/book

If I say: "I read the book." or "I watched the film." Does it mean that I read the entire book or that I watched the entire film? If it does, how should I say to emphasise that I ...
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Two different verb tenses that involve “must have.”

Mom must have noticed me tense up as she hugs me tighter and redoubles her soothing. Mom must have noticed me tense up as she hugged me tighter and redoubled her shooting. Are both correct? ...
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Does this sentence imply 2 meanings? Present Perfect

"I have loved you for many years". As I understand it, this sentence can have 2 different meanings. I still love her. It started a long time ago. I don't love her anymore. Am I correct?
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In what regions is "Do you work tonight?" clear and acceptable usage?

In my answer at ELL regarding a question of whether someone is working that evening, I suggested the alternative: Do you work tonight? There was a comment about this being incorrect usage, because &...
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is the first vs was the first [duplicate]

Which is correct? George Washington was the first president of the United States. or George Washington is the first president of the United States. (He will always be the first president of the United ...
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Why did you ask me if they have any allergies?

In this sentence, the person is referring to a question that was asked in the past but a condition that is current. Can the past and present tense be used in this case or should it be "Why did ...
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To present or to give a presentation [closed]

As part of a recruitment process, Bob was asked to 'present a finished product'. Bob took that literal and gave them a finished/packaged product as he thought this was the requirement. Instead, they ...
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Present simple or present continuous - I'm on the bus [duplicate]

Present simple or present continuous? What tense are the following sentences? " I have a headache","he is on the bus",she is at work",he is tired",she is at the shop"...
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Correct tenses for history book

I’m reading and hearing conflicting advice on this topic. I’m writing a history book and I am getting tripped up on tenses when the time period shifts when referencing the same topic. Some are telling ...
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Present Perfect in main clause

I cannot determine whether both of these instances are appropriate uses of present perfect. Scenario: We just pull up to a restaurant and notice we are the first/last ones there, and someone utters: &...
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What is are the distinct names for these verbs: 'Display' and 'Displays' [closed]

Given the statement Click this button to display your presentation and Clicking this button displays your presentation. I assume both the words display and displays are verbs but what is the name of ...
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Is it okay to say "Do you know there is" [closed]

I've come across this sentence below. "Do you know there is an air purification system that will destroy viruses and bacteria floating through the air?" Does this sound natural? It might ...
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Why is present simple used here?

We had a sentence in an exam, and we were asked to choose the right tense of the verb, the sentence goes as follows They are having dinner; they (haven't had, don't have) any problems at all. Now ...
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Rhetorical effects of future tense when describing past event

Just before 2 a.m., as it prepared for its return to Earth, the Crew Dragon jettisoned what SpaceX calls the “trunk” section of the spacecraft — the cylindrical compartment below the gumpdrop-shaped ...
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Using present tense in past tense narration

Is it grammatically correct to use the present tense in fiction that's narrated in the past tense? Sometimes, as a writer, you add "general statements" into your narrative. Example: But ...
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Are These Sentences Equivalent or is One More Appropriate than the Others? (Present Progressive Tense)

These all seem equally "valid" to me: "I have recently been reading some research papers about..." "I recently have been reading some research papers about..." "I ...
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What is a complex/difficult example of English tenses? [closed]

I'm a native English speaker, and while learning other languages, I've learned that English has more complex tenses than other languages. I don't know what all of the English tenses are, but the most ...
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"Is / was / has been / had been used" in a statement

I'm confused whether I should use are or were or have been or had been in the following statement when describing the use of language in a passage In paragraph 6, detailed adjectives ____ used to ...
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“You go and dry yourselves while I polish the car.” or "You go and dry yourselves while I'm polishing the car." [closed]

context i/Cleaning_the_Car/Transcript Oxford Dictionary says: "while-at the same time as sth else is happening eg: You can go swimming while I'm having lunch." so I am confused. Why doesn't ...
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If clause with a past tense about future for hypothetical condition

Is there any case in English were a future condition is represented with past tense? E.g. "If I saw you tomorrow, I will do ..." In some languages, it casts more doubt for the condition to ...
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being removed vs gets removed?

Question I: Which one is grammatically correct? 1. Does order A remain effective after object B gets removed? or 2. Does order A remain effective after object B is being removed? Question II: What ...
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Present Tense and Past tense in context

Present Tense and Past tense in context There is a text/ paragraph as follows: If I have a description at the start, say "I visited Thailand. There were a lot of nice restaurants.", then if ...
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Is it possible to use the past and present tenses in the same sentence? [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? I did not complain and tell myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem. Or: I did not complain and told myself to calm down and try to ...
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What kind of verb phrase is it when “is” in the present tense is immediately followed by another verb that’s itself in the past tense?

Please con­sider this ex­am­ple of three sen­tences in se­quence: The build­ing is de­stroyed. The rub­ble is then re­moved. The rub­ble is bro­ken into smaller pieces. What kind of verb phrase is ...
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The meaning of the sentence "Fortunately/Wisely, she consults her lawyer regularly."

In Quirk's A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language Section 8.128 (page 624): it says Fortunately/Wisely, she consults her lawyer regularly. [1] = It is fortunate/wise that she consult(s)/...
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A sentence without a predicate in the middle of narrative given in past tense

From William Gibson’s debut 1984 science-fiction novel, Neuromancer: Crossing the arcade to stand beside her, high on the deal he’d made, he saw her glance up. Gray eyes rimmed with smudged black ...
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Mixing Past & Present Tense

Original: "These two peers would later become an advantageous support system for me personally, assisting as I struggled with the structural engineering portion of my internship project at the ...
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Is participle clause commonly used in spoken English?

I have never heard a native speaker use sentence with participle clause such as ‘Thinking about her past, she cried bitterly.’; ‘Bitten by a snake, she died.’ in their day-to-day conversation although ...
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Using the present tense or past tense for a fact

I know that we should use the present tense when talking about facts. However, in some instances I cannot decide which tense to use. For example, "The analysis assumes that a and b are ...
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"Hasn't been as bad as they had feared" or "hasn't been as bad as they feared"

I can't find other questions and/or information about the forms / tense I'm using in this sentence as most questions seem to be about the difference between "hasn't" or "hadn't". ...
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"Many children don't play ball" or "Many children doesn't play ball" [closed]

I'm still learning English and the topic which I learn is about simple present tense. I'm learning from channel learnenglishlab. But there is one video I don't understand why it using do rather than ...
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I've studied vs I've been studying

What's the difference from these two phrases? How would I know if keep studying or if I did it in the past?
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What does simple really mean in grammar?

Problems with explaining English grammar often reside in the terminology. There is often a big assumption that we understand what the terms mean. Simple is, in my opinion, one of the most important ...
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Present tense Used for Past event [duplicate]

I saw a news headline that reads: he admits accident was caused by drunk driving. My question is why they use present tense (admits) instead of past tense (admitted). The news was written after the ...
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