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A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time and/or completeness and continuance of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.

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Learning English journal- Listening skill. Please fix my pasage. Thank you so much

I listened to Charlie Puth's well-known song. Intially, i found it challenging to comprehend deeply the whole lyrics. Therefore, i decided to take note some easy details i could hear, whether i ...
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Tense form after the word did

I read this explanation about did from http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/did-main-verb-base-form-or-past-tense-form . Does that mean all the verb after did in a question will remain as it is? ...
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Quoting past tense text as present tense

I'll ask by example: Let's say a novel says "The king rose up in their midst", and I want to refer to the language of rising. I know references to the text should be in present text. Is it improper ...
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Present tense in the narrative past tense

I've read a number of questions here on SE English as well as from Google searches, however I'm still unclear on something. Consider the following: Alice walked carefully along the uneven lawn, ...
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The structural meanings of the perfect aspect [duplicate]

As I researched the perfect aspect, I found this passage from Wikipedia that explained the origin of the perfect construction this way: The have-perfect developed from a construction where the verb ...
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Use of two tenses in one sentence (Isn't and wasn't)

This sentence makes e confused because of the use of the two tenses. It sounds wrong to me but I can't tell where the wrong is. I know that it's okay to use more than one tense in a sentence, but is ...
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Since usage in the sentence

"Since 15% of increase, it placed top in its postion." Is the sentence correct ? If not, please mention the mistakes. Some suggested "of increase" must be replaced by "has increased" as it "since" ...
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“It expires…” vs “It would expire by 31 Oct”

Your collected Amazon Pay offer for Swiggy would expire by 31-Oct-2018. Please help me understand why 'would' is used in the place of 'will'. Also, can we not use the simple present here that ...
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Difference between “had been …-ing” and “was/were …-ing”?

I couldn't understand the difference between these sentences: َ1.We were watching TV when he arrived. 2.We had been watching TV when he arrived. OR 1.I was listening music when you called....
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Present perfect with a past temporal expression

I know the present perfect tense may not be used with temporal expressions which define a timeframe which does not include the present. For example: WRONG: I've visited him on Monday. However, when ...
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Grammar: “I'll try AND help them”

There are tens of questions here on EL&U about the grammaticality of the try and do something construction and its merits compared with the unremarkable try to do something collocation. However, ...
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Are these two form in the past ? Verb-ed = Did + Verb -> ( Past Tense )

I just took the SAT and there was one question I wasn't sure. What's difference between verb-ed and did+verb? For example, I did become = I became ? Past Tense?
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Future prefect and Future perfect continuous tense [closed]

Can anyone please clarify/ explain when to use these two grammar tenses? Especially the future perfect continuous. It is quite confusing. Thanks.
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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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use of have been, is

Your receipts will be issued after your payment is made and is cleared with the bank. or Your receipts will be issued after your payment have been made and have been cleared with the bank.
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What's the right tense for these sentences?

I have finished writing a somewhat important document and had it proofread through an online service. Although I am no expert, the editor made a few changes I don't understand. Would you please tell ...
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Is this use of “made” past tense or subjunctive tense?

I'm a senior Computer Engineering student, and I'm taking a required Ethics course this semester. We just wrote our first paper, and each of us had to grade the paper of another student in the class. ...
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Is the use of the tense correct? [closed]

I am not sure about the tenses in the following sentences. Is it the right choice? 1) I am originally from XYZ, studied XYZ in XYZ and will stay in XYZ until the end of March 2020. ( maybe 'have ...
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present tense vs simple present

please, i am getting confused. is the sentence I will see you next week in the present or future tense? and how do i change it into the other. also, what is the present tense for "After this month, i ...
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Use of plural form of auxiliary verb for singular subject

This is an excerpt from an article published on the Nautilus website: ...We in the 21st century would be shocked if an educated adult were unable to identify the continents on a world map, yet we ...
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What tense to use when referencing “unknown past” from the future?

In class, we conducted an experiment where we filled dialysis tubing with sucrose solutions of unknown concentrations, then placed them in distilled water to let osmosis take place. In my analysis of ...
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I've had vs I've been having (+ I've been vs I've)

What's the difference in meaning between the following 2 sentences: I've had a lot of problems this year I've been having a lot of problems this year. Second example: I've been waiting for an hour ...
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Use of word “scheduling” in context of time/future tense

Senator Booker tweeted today "By scheduling a vote on Judge Kavanaugh before Dr. Ford has even testified, Senate Republican leaders are saying loud and clear: they don’t care what she says." But the ...
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What exactly is tense?

As far as I've been able to figure out, tense refers to a grammatical category corresponding to the semantic category 'time reference'. So far, so good. But then there is complete confusion. Some seem ...
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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“the art and animation is” or “the art and animation are” [duplicate]

I'm unsure whether I should use "are" or "is" in the following sentence: "The art and animation in particular are incredible." or "The art and animation in particular is incredible." I'm sort of ...
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What is 'won't' used for?

I have sometimes heard people using won't where I feel is not should be used For example Someone is not coming out , so they say "He won't come out" instead of "He is not coming out" So here , ...
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Is Present Perfect ever acceptable with “Past Simple signal words”?

This was suggested to me as an example of Present Perfect with the word "yesterday": "Go write the letter!" "I have written it yesterday!" I'm confused because here I see a 'Past Simple signal ...
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Which tense is correct: Was or Were [duplicate]

Which is correct? I wish everything was as easy OR I wish everything were as easy
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“X had him thinking” or “X made him think”

I'm proofreading a novel and the author keeps overusing the word 'had' where he could use a more descriptive word and then adding '-ing' to the verb. It's not grammatically incorrect, but it's a ...
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Looking for the correct sentence

I'm quite confused right now. I'm not sure if this sentence makes any sense, so please help me out. Is it correct to say: "Before I started looking for suggestions on reddit, I browsed the "...
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“I got tense” or “I got tensed”?

Instead of using "I got tense", can I use "I got tensed"? On a similar note, instead of using "The angrier you get, the tenser your body gets", can I use "The angier you get, the more tensed your ...
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How do natives understand which meaning of a tense is implied?

Some tenses may trigger different time aspects. For example, Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous may refer to one recent action or to a series of actions. How does one differ them? I have ...
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Past Perfect questions

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding certain aspects of the past perfect tense. So my premise is, it deals with events that happened in the past at different times. One event is in past ...
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Correct use of the present participle?

Can someone kindly explain to me which is correct, and why? I have done some research on this issue and I'm not sure of the name of the construct that I am looking for. "After washing the dishes, the ...
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What do all the ways to express past events mean, and when is one better than the others?

I’d like to clear convey that the documents were all “sent on this day, the twenty-third of August”, which is today as of this writing. When would you use each of these constructions? I sent all the ...
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Tense of reported speech [duplicate]

I wonder which one of the following is correct: I told him that I am a fan of yours. I told him that I was a fan of yours. The twist and confusion here is that at the time when I say the above ...
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The usage of had been vs would have been

I have already looked at other examples, but am somehow struggling with my own (e.g., here: Would have been... vs. Had been ) The phrase I am concerned with: As we earlier explained, we had expected ...
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Past tense of MOT? [duplicate]

I'm usually quite good at this kind of thing but can't decide on this. When describing when a car has had its MOT (Ministry of Transport) test do I write... Recently MOTd Recently MOT'd Recently ...
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Using mixed tenses in a sentence [closed]

I came across this sentence : When he started you thought where are they going to put him because he doesn't look very good anywhere! I feel are should change to were. Also doesn't may change to ...
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Switching tense in a sentence when describing events

I'm not sure whether the following sentences are grammatically correct: A figure appeared at the window, waving happily. and, "Sure," he answered, pulling out a chair at the nearby table. ...
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What is the proper way to express a future action that depends on a past event?

I'm writing an assignment description. Users have to push one of two buttons on a robot. They are referred to as "left" and "right". Once the user pushes one of the buttons, the robot will take an ...
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What tense in a scientific paper

I am currently writing my first scientific paper and therefore I am wondering which tense I should use in it. I'd tend to use a future tense, but present perfect seems to be suitable as well. e.g. ...
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below mentioned sentence is simple sentence or tense sentence?

Below mentioned sentence is "simple sentence" or "present indefinite" sentence sumit is to go to park.
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How do durative sense verbs in simple perfective work with durative adverbial

I am reading the grammar book - A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language - these days. And now I am focusing on the 2 aspects - perfective and progressive - in Chapter 4: The semantics of the ...
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What does definite and indefinite mean in past tense and present perfect respectively

I am reading the grammar book - A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language - these days. I am confused about the meanings of definite and indefinite in Past Tense and Present Perfect. I know ...
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Mixing Present Simple tense with Present Participle

I've recently heard the following sentences: What is this tell us about the deployment of first self driving cars? What do we learning from this? Both violate standard grammatical rules. But since ...
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Is it correct to say “the truth is” when the rest of the sentence is in the past?

Is it correct to say: The truth is, he was a great explorer. Or do I have to say: The truth was, he was a great explorer. Or are both okay?
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Can I use 'would like' or 'want' in place of 'wanted'?

"It’s been so long since we last were in touch but I haven’t forgotten all the wonderful times we spent together last year. It’s my birthday coming up and I wanted to invite you over to stay at my ...
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weird airport customs questions I had

I was going through the US border control in an airport a couple days ago and the customs officer asked me a question that was kind unexpected. I don't remember the question exactly but it definitely ...