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

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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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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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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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Were the verb forms / structures named after their most typical / common use?

A verb form like "went" is called a "past tense". However, it is not only used to talk about past events (e.g. We went to Morocco last January), but also about unreal or uncertain present or future ...
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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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In present-tense narrative, does “I spend the NEXT few hours…” make sense?

I'm writing a novel in present-tense. If all the actions are in the present-tense, e.g. as the character is experiencing them, does the phrase, "I spend the next few hours pondering about it" make ...
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have been hurt vs. have been hurt in the past

A traditional explanation of Present Perfect usage is that it is not used when a certain past reference to the action is present either in the text or it is implied by the context. Usually, the wrong ...
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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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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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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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'talking about' vs 'talk about'

I came across the following sentence on the internet: "When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either have or have got." Is ...
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Which is commoner here: Past Simple or Past Perfect?

For a native speaker of English, which construction is commoner ? 1- The interviewer asked me which university l went to. 2- The interviewer asked me which university l had been to. Thanks.
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Present or Past when talking about a book's content

I came across an English exercise yesterday and I wasn't sure about the answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you. The sentence is as follows: I borrowed a book from the library last ...
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Using present tense modal verbs to refer to a possibility that never happened?

Let's say you're at a crossroad; two paths. You walk the one and then think: If I had walked that other route then I would probably have been in a worse situation now. My problem with the above is ...
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Present Tense and Past Tense In the Same Sentence

Is there anything wrong with this phase: "I had to get my hair cut last week, since it was getting too long." Thanks for the help!
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Unclear use of present tense in specific sentence

As a non-native speaker I'm having a hard time understanding why the author uses the present tense of 'begin' in the following sentence: Sess was thinking about that as the rain started in and the ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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I work on Friday vs I work on Fridays

I found a grammar book that states the following: (Grammar In Use Intermediate by Cambridge unit 18 pg.36 Present Tenses ) Which means that it is OK to use the simple present form to describe the ...
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Present Perfect Progressive in scientific writing?

Scientific writing is generally supposed to be written in present tense (focus on proof of the existence of the result, not how the author arrived at it). However, I have a case where this results in ...
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Why is this sentence infelicitous?

Consider the sentence: I saw her cry. Why is it, then, that we can't say: I saw her be crying. And instead say: I saw her crying. ? Why is the second sentence infelicitous?
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Does “I like my new car” express a permanent or temporary state?

We all know that Simple Present is normally used for "more permanent state" & Present Continuous for "more temporary state" (Source) She lives with her parents. We use the present simple ...
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using “if” - when to use present tense, and when to use past tense?

As a native speaker of English, these two sentences sound acceptable to me: A full refund can be claimed if the school fails to provide a textbook. A full refund could be claimed if the ...
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Use of past tenses

Is it correct to use Past Simple but not Past Perfect in this sentence: This wouldn't have happened if you didn't go to meet your woman. If yes, please, explain why. Thank you!
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Where do we have dinner tonight?

I know that the Simple Present can be used for future scheduled events, eg Tomorrow is Friday. I fly to Paris next week. The plane departs at 8 pm. When do you leave for New York? What time does the ...
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Does verb+s (simple present + singular noun) rule apply if the subject is 'none of the +noun'

In one of my passages I got to write as None of the test servers supports bla bla And I stuck here with following questions. Please clarify below None of the test servers Should it be servers or ...
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Correct form of verb

I'm writing an essay and I come across a sentence that makes me skeptical. Kindly put your suggestion in order to help me out. Thanks in advance. 1) This document proposes a new way of addressing the ...
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In which way “verb+-doing” can be used to mean “something has been done”

I can't remember it clearly. somewhat "-ing" form as present participle can represent an event that is happening (e.g., Being given a chance, she immediately jumped at it)(as adverbial clause of time);...
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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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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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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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connection between a participial phrase and the main clause

A coworker wrote the following sentence, but I wonder what connection there is between the -ing phrase and the main clause: John lived on takeaway food -- regularly discarding the packaging on the ...
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Present-tense or past-tense about Findings in Conclusions section?

I find this sentence as the first sentence in Conclusions -section in one work The work introduced this and this. I would change its tense to presens The work introduces this and this. Which is ...
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Choose usage is correct?

Using "choose" as present tense is correct at below? I am not native English speaker, when I thought my language, logically I would use "and parents could choose school offering .... " "In ancient ...
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“I thought about how this machine works/worked.” (confusion about past vs. present)

I'm not certain about which tense to use in this sentence: "I thought about how this machine _____." (This is coming from a scenario where I had previously used the machine and started to think about ...
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using “would” instead of simple past

I was watching "The Big Bang Theory" and in episode 07 of season 3, Leonard asked his girlfriend the following question Penny: I hear you don’t like my stuffed animals, my driving or my punctuality....
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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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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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Present Progressive used where Present Simple should be

Please look at the sentence: "In Moscow, people hurry to wherever they are going" This is a sentence that describes what people do on a regular basis/day to day, therefore demanding the use of the ...
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Why are "Verbs of bodily sensation (e.g. feel, hurt, ache) used in simple or progressive tenses

Verbs that refer to physical feelings (e.g. feel, hurt, ache) can often be used in simple or progressive tenses without much difference in meaning. How do you feel? or How are you feeling? ...
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Should you use past or present tense in a sentence if it ends in something like in olden and modern times?

Large amounts of gold weren’t worth much and merely had to be gotten ridden of in olden times like in modern times.' OR Large amounts of gold aren't worth much and merely have to be gotten rid of ...
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When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”

I know that "Would you mind… ?" (the Present Conditional) is more polite than "Do you mind…?" (the Simple Present), and also, that they have to be completed this way: "Do you mind if I do sth?/Would ...
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Should I use the present simple or present continuous here?

Which of these two paragraphs is correct? The first paragraph: Secondly, the author gives an example about meerkats. He argues that the sentinel meerkat guards his group while they are eating or ...
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Since + present perfect

"Since the company downsixed, it's harder to get good internal customer service from Human Resources and Finance." Shouldn't it be "Since the company downsized, it has been harder to get..."? I ...
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Present Progressive Instead of Present Simple

I've had much discussion with many people about a certain use of Present Progressive tense instead of Present Simple tense. I perfectly well know that Present Simple speaks of habitual actions, events,...