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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 tense in a completed project description [migrated]

I am preparing a project portfolio for a job application in which I describe some of my completed projects in my current role. While the software is still in use today, the projects themselves are ...
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On whether the subjunctive mood in present is correctly understood here and whether is correct to test it in analogy with Spanish subjunctive mood

I need to apply the subjunctive mood in present time in some translations from Spanish. I should do this, and although I know the common thing to do is to avoid it, this is a literary translation and ...
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Present simple or future conditional

While writing a research proposal, I encountered the following issue. Consider the following two variants: Present simple: I would like to measure X. Finding evidence that X is large is helpful to ...
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Difference between gerund and a present participle [duplicate]

I saw him dancing. In this sentence is dancing a present participle or a gerund?
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"Timetable future": Why are "I leave at 8 pm" & "I am leaving at 8 pm" OK but not "I eat a pizza at 6 pm" & "I am eating a pizza at 6 pm"?

These four sentences have the same meaning (ignoring perhaps some subtleties/nuances): I will be leaving at 8 pm. I will leave at 8 pm. I leave at 8 pm. I am leaving at 8 pm. I understand from "...
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A word for when you ask someone to stop helping even though they have good intentions

I need a verb that describes asking someone to stop helping you, even though you know they mean well, because it's not helpful. So you ask them in a way that is almost pleading. It's stronger than ...
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At this time tomorrow, I am playing cricket [closed]

I know that: At this time tomorrow, I will be playing cricket. is used since the so-called future continuous is used to talk about a continuous activity at a specific time in the future. Even ...
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Which tense to choose [closed]

There are a couple of sentences: The water froze and caused the pipe to burst. If it is a succession of past events it should be Past Simple. But if the first part happened earlier, it should be : ...
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Why is the present tense used in "Last year he's MVP"?

Why is the last sentence in the passage below, "Last year he's MVP", written in the present tense? 'Hey, Ding Dong,' he calls. 'Who won the ball game?' 'Brooklyn wins it in a romp, ...
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SImple present to talk about the future [duplicate]

Here is my question, are both of the following acceptable? I start dieting after Christmas. I will start dieting after Christmas. This is the task from Oxford English Grammar Advanced. Note: I know ...
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Why "orders" NOT ("have ordered"/ "ordered") [duplicate]

I have read this title Pakistan top court orders immediate release of ex-PM Imran Khan. Why they have written "orders" in present simple? I mean why not in present perfect or simple past?
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What are the rules of copular "to be" tense in pseudo-cleft sentences?

What are the rules for the tense usage of copular "to be" in pseudo-cleft sentences? I have several examples: What I didn't like was the end of the movie. --> was What changed his mind ...
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Present Simple instead of Present Perfect in colloquial speech

I was recently watching " The Last of Us" series and was pretty perplexed when Ellie asked Joel "You ever play this one?" pointing to the old Mortal Combat arcade. It was so ...
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Using "since" + year/date with the present simple [closed]

Is it ever acceptable to use the present simple in a sentence with "since [year/date]"? For example: "Since 2012, environmental regulations have to be evaluated every three years."...
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Is it idiomatic to shift from present progressive to present simple within single sentence? [duplicate]

One of my friends while writing a passage wrote the following sentence that contained both present progressive and present simple tense within a single sentence: Road accidents are happening because ...
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Can we use adverbs of frequency with "will"? [closed]

I’ve seen this text in which "sometimes" has been used with "will". I assume the sentence is explaining a habit, and I wonder why it’s been said with "will". Sometimes I'...
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I am not going to school => Amn't I going to school? [closed]

You are not going to school => Aren't you going to school? // this is correct, right? I am not going to school => Amn't I going to school? // something's wrong here. How to build the correct ...
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Present tense or past tense: "I realized it wouldn’t be as easy as it (seem)"

I was doing a grammar practice question where we are to spot the mistakes in the sentences and I came across this sentence: It was only when I came closer to it that I realized it wouldn’t be as easy ...
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What is correct: "did you do smth and do smth" or "Did you do smth and did smth"?

I'm trying to figure out which form is correct when composing such a question: "Did you go there and forget to eat?" "Did you go there and forgot to eat?" Not the most creative ...
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talking about general things - choice of tense to "set the scene"

This is a question that I've been struggling with for quite a long time. I have asked a similar question in the ELL forum already but I didn't get an answer there and it is difficult to find ...
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"It's not true what they said. They're lying." Why are we using Present Continuous here? They have already lied, so why?

I don't understand why we use Present Continous there, because the action has already ended, "they have already lied".
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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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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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What is finished the verb or the object?

Is it correct 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, please have a ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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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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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? [duplicate]

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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