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

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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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Sorry to hear you leave or leaving? [closed]

Simple question - the context is having user of your app unsubscribing. Would you say We're sorry to hear you leave or We're sorry to hear you leaving I was thinking of first options because it ...
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Why do we use “hear” in a present time in a sentence with a past meaning? [closed]

I came across this sentence from R. Murphy's grammar book: I hear Sarah won some money. What is she going to do with it. Could you tell me please why 'hear' is in a present form not in past?
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Should we categorize “She is fat” as a temporary process or a permanent one? [closed]

Simple present is used to show a fact Cats like milk. Birds do not like milk. Do pigs like milk? ABC city is in the country XNZ. Speakers sometimes use the Simple Present to ...
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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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When is it correct to use the simple present for a commentary? [closed]

When is it correct to use the simple present for a commentary? The wikipedia article on verb forms in English lists that as correct use of the simple present: In providing a commentary on events ...
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Why “Present Simple Tense” not ''Present Perfect Tense''? [duplicate]

I give a review here from the film "X-Men Apocalypse" below "This is Bryan Singer's fourth X-Men film (fifth superhero film overall). This breaks the record set by Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan, ...
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“I chose the USA because I love speaking English and am good at it”is this correct? [duplicate]

"I chose the USA because I love speaking English and am good at it" It's for a past event, should it be "I loved....and was good..." instead (even though it's still true today)?
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Presenting data in past or present

In a paper, I am describing subsets of data, but I'm not sure if I should describe these in the past or present tense. Should I use "In the data, there were 56 vowels and 50 consonants." or "In the ...
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Present and Past tense together?

" He threw the chair and table, grabbed Noah’s throat, shook him until his teeth chattered in his head, and, collected his entire rage in one heavy blow, punching him to the ground. " Does "punching" ...
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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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We have been friends/we were friends for a long time [closed]

When I want to say that we were friends in the past, and we are still friends I will use present perfect tense, right? i.e, We've been friends for 20 years. (Implied: We are still friends.) But ...
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Which one is correct: await you going in hell or await you to go in hell?

Please help me to understand this: I will await you making that folder public. I will wait for you coming out of your house. Or, I will await you to make that folder public. I will wait for you to ...
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The difference between Present Subjunctive Conditional and Past Subjunctive Conditional?

I am trying to understand what is the lexical difference between next sentences: If I went to London, I would see the Thames and If I had gone to London, I would have seen the Thames
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Use of present tense instead of past tense [duplicate]

I have noticed people increasingly using the present tense when talk about the past. "I am going to the park when a dog jumps on me." vs "I was going to the park when a dog jumped on me." I find it ...
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Past tense / present tense

I am not sure which one is correct in the following situation... "The video I watched on Youtube yesterday WAS in Mandarin." OR "The video I watched on Youtube yesterday IS in Mandarin. " The video ...
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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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“You've really DID it” heard it in an American tv series [closed]

In the second episode of season 6 of the HBO series Girls, a girl is telling her grandma, "You've really did it." in a context of passing years. It's totally incorrect so please, can someone explain ...
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Is “in order to” correct to be used in a simple sentence? [closed]

Can the clause "in order to" be used in a simple sentence? I'm confused... Please let me know...
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An event in 2009, disconnected to the present day, yet present tense is used. Why?

The following is an extract from Competition and Investment Laws in India Facts: "A" filed a complaint in 2009, before "X" alleging that "Z" was abusing its dominant position in currency ...
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Going from past to present in the same sentence [closed]

Example: "The book was great, like that part in which they kill the dragon." vs "The book was great, like that part in which they killed the dragon." This is just an example, but which one is ...
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Which tense should be used for referring to a study in the past that continues until today?

I'm writing an academic article for journal publication. My field is social science, and the article is submitted to an American journal. One of the reviewers suggested using the past tense ("were ...
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Grammar for time zones- present or past tense? [closed]

Is there any emergent rule for verb tenses for dealing with action across time zones? Today is 26 Jan in the US, but right now it is already 27 Jan in Australia. Do I, in the US, say "Today is ...
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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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Is it grammatically correct to use 'now' third person past tense narration? [closed]

Here's my specific example: Puffing, Ralphie rested her elbows on the guardrail. Body Woman was now talking to a bald super spy. (For context, Ralphie is on a balcony looking at Body Woman and ...
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Does “Who sings it?” express the habitual present or the present of immediacy?

Does sings as used in the quoted part refer to the habitual present tense or to the present tense of immediacy? I like this song. Who sings it? Suppose I were listening to a song and asked the ...
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Can you ever use the continuous aspect with “usually”?

One English teacher told me that this sentence: Usually, I am going to school. is not correct, that the correct version would be to use the simple present: Usually, I go to school. Even though ...
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I have been person X? [duplicate]

When saying goodbye and thank you after hosting something, it is common to say something like "I have been your host" or "I, person X, have been your host" BUT, would it also be correct to simply say "...
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Why use the past simple tense in: “before I died”?

It's The Simpsons Movie, again. Bart says this to Flanders right after he's entered the church Flanders was in. Bart: Listen, I was wondering if before I died I could pretend I had a father who ...
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“I had lived before i moved” vs. “I lived before I have recently moved” (Both correct?) [closed]

I would like to know if both of the following sentences are grammatically correct: I had lived in London before I moved to New York (I just want to talk about where I lived before I moved to another ...
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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,...
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Shall: In Present Tense

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/Shall Shall is primarily in the present, and in our mother tongue was followed by a verb in the infinitive. I've been doing some research to figure ...
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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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Which tense is it: “I've got a cat”? [closed]

Which tense is it: I've got a cat. I'm confused, is it Present Perfect or Present Simple?
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How to use the UK verb “reading” to mean studying/majoring in some university subject in the present tense?

I’m not a native speaker. I was told that if I’m currently studying something at university I should say: I’m majoring in [subject]. But how can I say this in the present tense but using the ...
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“I hear it from…” Different uses of present tense

Americans are angry. I hear it from the former factory workers who lost their jobs to other countries because of bad trade deals, the veterans who wait months to see a doctor at Veterans Hospital and ...
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Meaning of “She hasn't won an a tennis championship for two years.” [closed]

she hasn't won an a tennis championship for two years. Does this sentence mean she won a championship two years ago or she didn't win a championship two years ago?
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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 ...
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When should I use “is” and when “are”?

Which of these are correct? All I see is iPhones. All I see are iPhones. I've seen Rihanna wrote: All I see is Signs. Some people use are like: All I see are Cliffs. Could someone explain when to ...

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