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

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“is starting on …” Why is it Present?

I have exercise to create sentences in Present Continuous but in one of them is. " The sales is starting on Monday". My question is about time used here, in my opinion this will happens only in future ...
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When to use “had” plus past participle and simple past

Which is correct? A. Elizabeth I. had reigned as queen of England from 1558 to 1603. B. Elizabeth I. reigned as queen of England from 1558 to 1603. My answer is B but as per correction of 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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The estimated length of a future event is / will be … (tense)?

Say, I am travelling in Thailand next month, and I estimate that it will take me 1 week for the travel. What tense should I use to describe the estimated length of the travel : "The estimated length ...
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Amount of the Payment (tense) [duplicate]

Say, previously I received a payment of $100 from Party A, and NOW I am describing the amount of the payment: "The amount of the payment was $100" (past tense). Must the past tense be used? Is it ...
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Learning about the difference between past simple and past perfect

I've been reading about the difference between past simple and past perfect and I've found that when a series of events are narrated in order past simple is the one to be used. When the events aren't ...
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present perfect progressive with stop/start

A student asked me: Can I say 'I have been stopping this project / I have been starting this project' to express repeated action (with present perf. prog)? My answer was 'no', but I am having a hard ...
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“since two months ago”? [duplicate]

My students write sentences like this: She hasn't gone out with him since two months ago. so I want to know if this sentence is right or wrong in English grammar.
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Is traffic a countable noun or an uncountable noun?

Example sentence: "Not much/many traffic passes this way."
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Headed or heading?

This is more of a claim than a question. I claim that a construction like "I am headed home (which you will hear a lot in America) is wrong. The present progressive must utilize the ing-form. Try ...
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I remembered ‘seeing’ or ‘having seen’ him.?

I was wondering how to express the sentence correctly: I remembered seeing him before. or I remembered having seen him before. And what if remember wouldn’t be in past tense but in present tense? I ...
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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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Dilemma between present perfect simple and past simple

I do not know where to find the right answer. Please tell and explain what my errors are I must use either the Present Perfect Simple or Past Simple  B. How long / you / have /that?  ...
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Is this kind of historic present sentence?

I heard this sentence in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's(film)'. What happened to you, anyway? You take off for the powder room and that's the last I see you. The speaker talks about things happened at ...
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“might have been” vs “might be”

I have a question about the present perfect and present simple. Here's a sample dialogue. A: "I can't find my umbrella. Have you seen it?" B: "It might be in the car." Why don't we use the "...
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present perfect continuous vs. present continuous [duplicate]

how can we differenciate present perfect continuous . we use it for the actions which started in the past and still continuing but we start doing the exam in present continuous tense. I am working on ...
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Which tense we have to use for the reported speech? [closed]

There is an exercise in Raymond Murphy's book on reported speech. In Exercise 48.1, all the answers have been given in past form. However, at Unit 48.A, there is written that It is not always ...
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perfect continuous conditional tense doubt

"I just wanted for you to come back home when you would have been ready." I wonder if the sentence above is correct. I have some doubts about the tense after "when". Thanks for the help!
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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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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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Why does English use the present continuous so often?

Why is the present continuous used in English so often in comparison to the simple present? For example I eat is possible, but the preferred way I am eating meaning roughly the same thing, is ...
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Is there a word for a subset of English specifically designed to be easily understood by non-native speakers?

Looking at examples like Basic English or Simple English, I see phrases like "controlled language" or "controlled vocabulary". Is there a simpler word?
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Can i use past continuous for past habits? [closed]

I know that we use used to or would for past habits but i've seen many times past continuous in sentences where it does not show annoyance or it's not the background of a story. for example, is the ...
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Present simple in the abstracts of scientific papers

Passive sentences with present simple tense are extensively used in the abstracts of scientific papers. For example, we may read In this work, the melting point of copper is calculated with a ...
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In present indefinite tense s and es

I have confusion about “Present Indefinite Tense”. I have learned that in case of “He, she, it and name” we will add s or es to verb. In some sentences I see that for non-living things also s is added ...
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“used to + verb” Is it in the past or present? [duplicate]

I have read this sentence recently: "Formal exams are used to assess students at the end of each semester in many countries." What i can't understand is : "are used to assess" does it indicate what ...
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correct my sentence [closed]

I want to explain in english what is "flour". I can explain it with next sentences: Flour is white powder from which bread is made of. Flour is white powder of which bread is made of. Are my ...
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“I didn't have any work experience before” vs. “I don't have any work experience before” [closed]

But for me, as long as I can enhance my skills, I won't care much about my job since I didn't have any work experience before. edit: Sorry for the confusion, I will edit to make it more concise and ...
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I am/have or I graduated?

A girl uploads a picture on Instagram and writes- Yay, I am Graduated. This sounds quite a bit odd to me. But amongst the following, which one is more natural? Yay, I graduated today. Yay, ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio won / has won the oscar for Revenant? [closed]

Leonardo DiCaprio has won many awards and the most prestigious one is the Oscar for the best actor that he won/ has won for Revenant. Could we use Present perfect here, because here we are ...
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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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“Look! The sun rises” vs. “Look! The sun is rising”

I know that theoretically you can use both statements in English: a) Look! The sun rises. b) Look! The sun is rising. But is anybody (who is a native speaker) saying "Look! The sun rises."? In ...
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how to differentiate between simple command and habit which which has been said in simple present tense? [closed]

consider sentence:- "You do this." i can interpret this in two ways:- I am asking someone to do something (it is request but not so polite). I am talking about his usual habit like "he always does ...
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Ally (has) cc'd me [closed]

Suppose Ally sent an email to Bob to let him know the due date for submission of the document Bob is working on. Ally cc'd me in the email so I learned about the due date as well. Bob, in all ...
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“I send ..” in place of “Attached is..”

One of my colleagues starts his email with a sentence like "I send the pdf file I just received from the bureau." every time he sends a file as an email attachment. The use of the present ...
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Past tense and present tense confusion

I was reading through an entry earlier and I noticed I mixed past tense and present tense in writing: "Terri looked over the clouds as the plane carried her weightlessly. She was so glad to get away ...
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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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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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When an objective is accomplished, do we talk about it in the past tense? [closed]

I spent the past 6 months working on a software project. Now that it is finished, I am writing a report about it. The sentence below describes the purpose of my project: "The purpose of this project ...
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A small grammatical question, I’m confused! [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct? “Why did you go and told mom about us?” “Why did you go and tell mom about us?” I know that after “did”, the verb has to come as “simple form”, but when the sentence is ...
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“That don't make your place safe” grammer [duplicate]

Strangely, in Amy Winehouse' song "In my bed" there's a line in the chorus which goes: So sorry if I turn my head Yours is a familiar face But that don't make your place safe Obviously, "that" ...
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Can I use simple present tense instead of past tense for recent events?

So, is this sentence can be use I am his teammate last match. (but we are not teammates this match now ) instead of I was his teammate last match If the last match've just ended recently
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Which is correct, are staying or stayed? [duplicate]

Is the use of "are staying" in this sentence correct? I think it should be "stayed" because it is already past tense. The loan specialist personally visited the house where Mr. A and Mr. B are ...
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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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“Are characterized” or “were characterized?”

Present-day America and the late nineteenth century were characterized by many of the same trends In the above sentence, would it be correct to write "were characterized" or "are characterized?"
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What tense is it? He is referring to a future event with past particle form of verb [duplicate]

If every black adult male in the U.S. bought & registered a semi-automatic rifle tomorrow, Congress would Pass gun control laws by Friday. Eric Benét‏ on Twitter Should not the "bought ...
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I would agree vs I agree?

I don't know why many people say "I would agree/disagree" when expressing their agreement regarding point of view or statement, while would is intended to express incertitude of action in the future. ...
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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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ing and ing does ?. Is it correct? [duplicate]

The daily freezing and melting of water causes large rocks to break up into smaller pieces. I have faced a sentence and can't understand what is meaning of it. As far as I know after noun + and + ...
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You won't catch the train if you don't/won't leave in time [closed]

You won't catch the train if you don't leave in time You won't catch the train if you won't leave in time I'm pretty sure the correct version is "You won't catch the train if you don't leave in ...

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