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

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“How many likes is my life worth?”

Is it correct to say "How many likes is my life worth"? Or should I be saying "How many likes does my life worth"? (It's from the Chainsmokers song: Sick Boy)
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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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Is “You are influencing your negative behavior over me” grammatically well-formed and natural-sounding to native speakers? [migrated]

I don’t believe this sentence sounds right: You are influencing your negative behavior over me. I'd instead rephrase it more like this: Your behavior creates a negative influence over me. Is that ...
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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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What is the tense + Paraphrasing? “were to verb…would”

I was wondering what is the tenses of the following sentences and how we can paraphrase this paragraph with the present simple tense? Likewise, if Emma’s income were to fall to $30,000 per year, ...
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Ambiguity in the usage of “When somebody does something, …”

Consider the following sentence made by a person after watching Joker in the cinema: “You can’t recognize Joaquin when he plays the Joker—he turns into an entirely different character.” Which of ...
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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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Why do people use present tense when they are quoting someone? [duplicate]

I've heard and used this a lot but was wondering why and is it even correct. When you are in a conversation with your mates and you are telling a story and when you try to quote someone, you say "...
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What's the difference between “you wasted” and “you've wasted” [duplicate]

I've got a question about this topic. So, about the context. I've just watched a video and in the end, the author said thank you as follows: Thank you for all the time you wasted on this video. I ...
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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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“I saw him run” — Why doesn't this require the past tense of “run”?

In a sentence like, "I saw him run," what is the rule that explains why "run" is in the present tense when "saw" is in the past tense? A similar construction, "She said he swam," requires past tense ...
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Use of the present perfect for repetitive actions

I've already searched a lot on the web, but still can't figure out one specific example. For instance: Mary has been to England twice. Alice has been to the cinema twice this week. (= The week is ...
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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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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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'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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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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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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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 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," ...