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

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"He was the first person" vs. "he is the first person"

What is the correct tense to be used when talking about firsts? He was the first person to reach the South Pole. He is the first person to reach the South Pole. The first one seems right, but then ...
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Are these questions are simple present? [closed]

Are these sentences is present continuous tense or not? When comes to news English is confused Putin is pbalancing the world. The world is gradually heading to the end. They are simply showing you ...
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Verbs in the simple present vs. perfect present [migrated]

Please help me and tell me, which one of these sentences should I use? Until they have prepared our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby. Until they prepare our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby....
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Backshift in time to distance yourself from indirect speech if introductory sentence in present? [migrated]

For indirect speech with introductory sentences in simple past, there's a backshift in time: Peter: “The sky is blue.” Peter said the sky was blue. Now, I want to quote a general idea/thought using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Differentiate between Present Simple vs Present Progressive (Continuous)

Is the following sentence in present simple or continuous tense? I am in class. How do you change it to the other tense?
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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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Do these sentences use the present simple and present continuous correctly?

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 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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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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"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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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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"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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"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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'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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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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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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Tense usage with dead writers' work

My friend and I discussed some books and their authors the other day. And the question arose. Is it possible to say Do you like what he writes about? using Present Simple, although writer did that ...
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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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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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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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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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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 or subjunctive

In the sentence "the tradition wants that it be always the same person who handles the teapot" (where "be" is a subjunctive), I was wondering if "handles" should not be replaced by the subjunctive "...
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Can the modal auxiliary verbs be considered to be in the present tense (form, not meaning)?

According to Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, modal auxiliary verbs do not normally have past tenses: The modal auxiliary verbs are will, would, shall, should, can, could, ought, may, ...
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Is it correct to say "We start tomorrow"? Shouldn't it be "We are starting tomorrow"? (present simple vs continuous for future event)

Here's an example of a short conversation between me and a native speaker via text messages: A: I'm so exited for this app B: Yeah, me too A: We start tomorrow B: OK Shouldn't it be "We are ...
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Should I describe a book I've read in the past or present tense?

For example, should I say, "Recently, I finished a novel that was called The Pyrates. The plot of it was that a hero called Avery was sent by the King of England blah, blah, blah." OR "Recently I ...
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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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Past tense and present tense in a same sentense. Tense consistent or logically correct?

I am trying to tell a thing that happened in the past. But that thing has a fact that is still true in the present. Could you tell me which one of the following is true? I had a lesson with a tutor ...
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Difference between "have had" and "having"

What is the difference between the following two sentences? I have had a headache since this morning. I am having a headache since this morning.
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The present perfect with distant actions in the past

The present perfect serves in different aspects and conveys different nuances two of which are these: 1) An action with a result in the present. I have bought a new sweater. = I have a sweater now. ...
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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 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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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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