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

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Present perfect continuous with simple present

Mary loves having a hot shower after she’s been swimming. Could you tell me what the point of using the present perfect continuous in this sentence is? What if we were to use the simple present?
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Can you help me with the tense of the following sentence?

Present progressive or simple present? Is it: According to the Agency, about 20 percent of the 5 million tons of plastic produced by private and commercial consumers every year are being recycled ...
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Using “once upon a time” in a present tense sentence?

I work in a company that sells simple children's books. A customer complained that the book changes tense randomly, and they're right. This book was created years ago and needs updating to ensure it ...
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tenses: continuous or simple [closed]

both sentences you find on the bottom of this page are taken from an online fill in the gaps exercise. My students took that test but find it hard to understand why in each case only the first ...
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'When you say you 'did XYZ', could you tell me more?' - What tense is this?

As a poor example: Person A: 'I really liked cats when I was a child.' Person B: 'When you say you "liked cats", could you tell me more?' Person A: 'Blah blah.' I'm really wondering about the tense ...
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“has” versus “have” after the preposition “of”

In the sentences A copy of your documents has been emailed to you@gmail.com. A copy of your documents have been emailed to you@gmail.com. I believe the subject is "copy", and since "has" ...
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What's the difference between “He's going to fly tomorrow”, “He's flying tomorrow” and “He flies tomorrow”? [closed]

Let consider that someone will take a flight tomorrow with a plan of course. In this case, we can use He's going to fly tomorrow in Simple Future. How ever, I've learnt that we can also use Present ...
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Talking about feelings of a past event

I am confused about the use of tenses in describing an event in the past. I went to a Funfair and I played several games. (a) My favorite game is Ring toss. I like tossing the rings to the cones. ...
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Superlative, present perfect vs past perfect

In the following context, can I have present perfect, or do I need to use past perfect? It was the worst food I've ever eaten / I had ever eaten. Thank you :)
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Confused to use Present Simple Tense or Present Perfect Tense [migrated]

Today Bangladesh has won any tri nation series very firstly. The Daily Star has wrote, " Bangladesh win tri-nation series final. " My question is, Shouldn’t it be like Bangladesh has won tri-nation ...
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Mixed tenses (present & past) [closed]

I am really upset now, experts. I said there were two acceptable answers to the following, but my superiors said there was only one. Below is the question. I really wanted to talk to him in person, ...
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Itineraries vs. timetables

I recently learnt that the present simple can be used for timetables and schedules. I also found it is often used for itineraries. Here is a sample in "Complete English as a Foreign": Travel agent to ...
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“I got used to” or “I have got used to” [duplicate]

Here is the sentence - Living in a foreign country isn’t strange to me now. I got used/ I have got used to living in a foreign country Which one is correct and what the difference between them?
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Could you please explain to me which answer is correct and why? [closed]

She is really a good friend and she ........... to send me a letter each month . ( never failed / never fails ) Does " each " here refer to the present simple or the past simple ?
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Adjective + the present/past [duplicate]

Would you please consider the following: Riana (WAS/IS) so quick a thinker that she decided to dodge left when the knife was swung to her. My question: Riana is still alive and her being ...
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Knew, realized + the past/present

Please consider the following: I knew the building (IS/WAS) thirty feet tall. They realized I (AM/WAS) his son. My question: both those clauses contain general truths. So, do I need to use ...
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Are both forms possible? Present perfect vs progressive

I'd like to know if both sentences could be possible. We've gone / We've been going to the same dentist since we were children. You've worn / You've been wearing that coat for years. Thank you in ...
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Different meaning according to present tense [closed]

What's the difference in meaning between: I really enjoy working here vs. I am really enjoying working here? Note: Example taken from Advanced Language Practice with Key by Michael Vince with Peter ...
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Can “wash” be a state verb? [closed]

I read in a book that we can make a dynamic verb into a state verb by using an adverb in the present simple tense. Dynamic I'm washing my clothes now. State I wash my clothes every day. Is that ...
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Present continuous and present simple

can I use present continuous and present simple in one sentence, like in my writings below? 1."There is no bird singing without a reason so don't tell me you cry for no cause." 2."The moments I don'...
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Are these sentences gramatically correct?

When we do homework, we focus on vocabulary When we do homework, we will focus on vocabulary When we are doing homework, we focus on vocabulary when we are doing homework, we will focus ...
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I asked~ but she ' won't '… Why did they say 'won't'?

There is a exercise to practice some usages. Q. I asked Sue what happened, but she doesn't tell / won't tell me A. won't tell I can't understand it. I chose another one, but I don't think that is ...
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Present continuous or present simple with a passive form?

I´m having some trouble with the following sentence: "Foundations like the Siemens Foundation, Bertelsmann Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation and Telekom Foundation are strongly participating in the ...
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Future simple or present simple with “when”

-When will you arrive in this city again? - In a month. I was always taught that we don't use the future simple after "with", but I came across with this sentence in my textbooks. So i'm confused why ...
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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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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?