Questions tagged [present-tense]

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

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“The solution would be that he go and talk.”

Just need to confirm if this construction is correct. Would also really appreciate it if it could be broken down too from a grammatical perspective. Many thanks!
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Are these tenses grammatically correct?

I am trying to write something, but I am not sure whether these are grammatically correct. Is there any better way of saying these sentences? English is not my first language so sometimes I kinda get ...
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When to use “the” [closed]

When I say : For the women, by the women, is this correct? or should it be For women, by women?
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Should we always use the past if the person is no longer alive or when we refer to a past state

When I want to point out that the person is still regarded as the best student till now, tho they have been gone or they are not a student anymore, what tense should I use, the present or the past? ...
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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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If Conditional with Present perfect

Someone has been searching for his spectacles for an hour. He is thinking that someone has hidden his spectacles and asks one of his friends whether he is hiding them or not. His friend says, " If I ...
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“used to be” with a fact [duplicate]

In the situation where we have: It used to be thought that... We use the past tense with the verb that follows since it's something in the past. But what if the following is meant to be a fact? I ...
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During with Present Perfect?

Can anyone make this clear for me? Look at this sentence: -"I have been making this Tshirt during the confinement period" Let's imagine that the confinement period is not over, and that the job with ...
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Present participle, gerund, or modifier

Which one of the following is right? 1) I am a doctor working in a hospital. 2) I am, a doctor, working in a hospital. 3) I am a doctor, working in a hospital. Does "working" modify "doctor" in ...
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Present Perfect vs Past Simple - Distant Actions

If I’m talking about an action that happened in the distant past, I mean, an action that didn’t happen recently, I need to use the Simple Past? We can’t use the Present Perfect like that, can we?
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Present perfect with 'in the last 10 days'

I've read this sentence on TIME: But dozens of new cases have been confirmed in the last week. and months ago read this on a questionaire; Which have you used in the past? Is it OK to use the ...
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After and Before Clauses

guys. I would like to ask whether a clause should always be in the past if it follows another clause starting with after in the past. For instance: After she read the note, she understands/understood ...
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The present perfect in the main clause and in the subordinate clause

Share your view on this issue. I was exposed to the following concept: 1 He has had a bike in the last two months. (is wrong) Instead, it should be 1a He had a bike in the last two months. (is ...
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Is this sentence a simple sentence or a compound sentence?

You can either come with me now or walk home. Some people say it's compound because there are two clauses, but I think there aren't two clauses: there is one subject and a compound verb. Are there ...
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Wonder if she will come or if she comes?

My grammar book says that I should use present tense forms in conditional clauses with words like "if" to talk about the future. We won't be able to go out if it rains. (NOT will rain) Now I wonder ...
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Confusion in the selection of Verb/Auxiliary Verb

Below are the sentences 1) from scientific Journal 2) from a book. Since both are published text, however, my confined knowledge makes me ask this question. In 1) sentence two things are mentioned "...
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“I have been busy” past vs present

When someone asks me during a phone call " where have you been " then I answer as follow : I have been busy 1-Does it necessarily means that I was busy and I am still busy or could it means that I ...
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The posted video is/was about something. Is or Was?

I've been attending online classes (recorded) on a daily basis and once the uploaded video wasn't on the topic as per the timetable. I texted my teacher a question similar to this: Shouldn't today's ...
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“If she didn't win” or “If she doesn't win”? [closed]

Which one is correct? If she didn't win an award, I'll riot. or If she doesn't win an award, I'll riot. Can someone explain what are the difference?
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Consistency in Present Tense Sentences

Which is correct/more appropriate? She has knocked over the vase before I can stop her. OR She knocks over the vase before I can stop her. Thanks in advance for your help!
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“I am having” or “I have”?

I found this question in a test paper of an International English Competition. The task was to put the verb in brackets into the correct tense: I can't come. I _______ (have) piano lessons at that ...
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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 participle of want?

Most of the dictionaries online do not list 'wanting' as the present participle of 'want'. It just means 'lacking' in general it seems. However some dictionaries do and I am wondering if the 'wanting' ...
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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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What are the “fine” differences in these lines and how not to get confused when thinking about them?

I don't see a team without Messi that reaches the top 3 in the world.(Present) or I don't see a team without Messi that can reach the top 3 in the world.(Present with "can") or I don't see a team ...
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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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Can you help with the difference in these past perfect tenses?

Example 1: 'Edison invented the light bulb. He had been working on it for years'. Example 2: 'Edison invented the light bulb. It had taken him years'. In example 1, the past perfect continuous makes ...
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Can you use Present Continuous for non-habitual actions with exact time?

I'm already aware of the difference between these two sentences: I work for this company. I'm working for this company. However, I'm not very sure if this is the same for actions with ...
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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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An author 'teaches' or 'taught' us in his book

Some time ago I posted the following sentence on an online forum: Adam Smith, in his "Wealth of Nations", taught us that... Now I am wondering whether I should have used the word 'teaches' rather ...
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Present Simple VS Pres. Continious

In this exercise I have to put verbs in correct tense (Present Simple VS Continous). I did not get why the correct form us "HE FINALLY CHOOSES", not he is finally choosing? It is not applied to the ...
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The article mentioned vs mentions

Currently, I am doing a case analysis of an article. The article's content uses past tense. I have to answer some questions in my case analysis, and the questions are asked in the present tense. I am ...
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Verb tense when comparing two different time frames in a sentence

I'm trying to contrast how I'm doing different things in two different times. My sentence is: "Then and now I (am/was) doing different things." Which form of "be" is correct in this case? Or are ...
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How can I express in a sentence something that happened in the past but that has an impact on the present?

Given that English is not my first language, I was wondering how to express a verb that started and ended in the past but that has a repercussion in the present moment... Is it correct to say “spent ...
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I have lunch at 1 pm [duplicate]

can anyone please explain me is it correct to say "I have lunch at 1 pm". My doubt is if it is correct then how can we use a specific time expression with present perfect tense? If it is wrong to say "...
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Actions That Terminate At Present Moment

Which tense should I use for actions which terminate exactly at the present time and the final point of the action is the present moment ? Can present perfect be used for this type of situation? Let'...
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“I am tired and doing my homework.” Is it grammatically correct?

Is the sentence in the title absolutely grammatically correct? I recently had an argument with a fellow student, and he said that the sentence is incorrect. I do not think he is right, because I saw ...
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What role is the verb in the sentence?

The sentence is: "When a static or dynamic function call FC is evaluated with respect to a static context SC and a dynamic context DC, the result is obtained as follows.". This sentence is quoted from ...
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Time of occurrence: “He looks” and “He is looking” [duplicate]

I'd like to ask you to consider my guesses as to the meaning of these sentences: "He looks at the city" -- can happen not only now, but at any time. "He's looking at the city" -- happening right now. ...
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Is “to be interested” an active or passive voice?

I am learning English using a language service (InSpeak.ru). Recently, I encountered the figure of speech to be interested For example: I am interested in sports. Could you please tell me if ...
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Present simple in the future tense [duplicate]

I am confused about the usage of the present simple in the future tense. Doesn't it refer only to schedules? The following example deviates from this rule. We’re on holiday in Paris next week. (Taken ...
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My daughter sits/ is sitting/ will sit for hours watchingTV

My daughter is sitting for hours watching TV My daughter sits for hours watching TV. My daughter will sit for hours watching TV. From the context it seems that the ...
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Conditional: if verb be + adjective, is it referred to the past?

Sentences: Terms of a competition (2018): nothing. Terms of a competition (2019): If the athlete is awarded, he will not be considered for future competitions. For example: if I was awarded in ...
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Present tense of “unassigned”?

Why is there no present tense of unassigned? We have assign and assigned, so why is unassign not a proper word when we have unassigned?
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Grammar present perfect past perfect

This is kind of confusing for me. Would be happy to get the answer and find out the right way of using these constructions:) Is this correct and if not how I can use present and past perfect in one ...
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A specific example about past tense in subordinate clause

I've read several posts about "main clause past tense, can I use simple present tense in the subordinate clause?" and I think I get the basic idea. General truth can use present. He didn't know ...
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Is Have To/Has To a verb, auxiliary verb, or modal? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is the actual verb in this sentence: "I have to study". Is the verb "have" or "study" ? Is the verb "have" and "to study" the infinitive?
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Why do this book telling a story in the past but they use present tense? [duplicate]

I was reading a book "Call me by your name" and I was so confused by the tense they use in the book. It is obviously the story they tell happens in the past but they use present tense. I am trying to ...
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Why can we use present simple for “I feel fine”?

“I feel fine this morning”, why? He feels fine all morning, it means that this action takes a long time, so we must use present continuous. I feel fine this morning, but I was very tired last ...

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