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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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Present Perfect and Reichenbach's model of tense

I recently came across the following construction in some documentation I was reading: This document describes a solution that has been applied during the migration. To me, this seemed utterly ...
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I will have a debate. Can you help me check my wirting below? Thank you so much

Should electric bike be banned? Using e-bike as a means of daily transportation is a matter of concern in almost countries in the world. While some people agree that electric bicycle should not be a ...
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What is the tense of shared in “when shared?”

Consider the sentence "Everything is better when shared with friends." What is the tense of "shared" in this context? It confuses me because the sentence implies that the sharing has not yet happened,...
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Second conditional

Should it be past tense all throughout when writing hypothetical sentences? If I were you, I wouldn’t listen to people who were saying bad things about me. If I could interview Angelina, I ...
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Tenses with regards to leave / holiday / vacation absence

I have a question based upon the information below: 1) today's date: 21 Feb 2) Jane (someone in some office) takes leave from 1 Feb to 31 Mar (2 months) My question: If someone is looking for Jane ...
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AAVE grammar: Difference between “continue to/keep on” vs “steady”

For those who are speakers of AAVE or those who are relatively learned in this area, could someone explain to me the context in which one would use "steady" as an aspectual marker, and its difference ...
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Which tense is correct? Or are they both correct?

The last few meetings HAVE BEEN good. The last few meetings WERE good.
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“This chapter describes” or “This chapter WILL describe?”

My question is about the use of the present or future tense when describing what the current project being written does/will do: Should it be "This thesis will investigate whether...," or "This ...
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What is the name of this verb tense?

Is there a name for the verb tense in this sentence? "He would later become famous."
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Is it “make” or “makes” in this sentence?

Many clauses and phrases make the noun known to the listener by telling the listener which person or thing we are talking about. Can you give me the book on the table. Did you read the book ...
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Preposition usage

Should it be "the snake moved THROUGH the grass" or the snake "moved IN the grass" ?I have seen "moved in the grass" used in some places but I feel like it depends on the density of the grass. Which ...
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Past modal required or can be omitted (example)

I had a few native speakers disagreed over the following sentence: She was treated harshly but she stayed with them. If she wanted, she could simply run away (//all those years). Now while some ...
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Which is the correct tense: “earth was/is round”? [duplicate]

Maybe it's very simple but I'm wondering which one is correct. Google search has showed me both forms are used. "He said the earth was round." "He said the earth is round."
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Why use “would have to” in the past tense?

I was watching Bird Box and there was a sentence I didn't quite understand which was this: They took us outside and they forced our eyes open so that we would have to look at the creatures. He was ...
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I need your help with the sentence [closed]

How are you liking your stay in Berlin? - Is this sentence correct? or it should be: How do you like your stay in Berlin?
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Please help me with this sentence [closed]

Which is correct: She is having a baby in spring. or She is going to have a baby in spring.
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“it was my dream since childhood” vs “it has been my dream since childhood”

i am not a native English and have a problem for understanding grammar. Is the sentence bellow (A), explain that i am no longer have dream/ same dream after childhood? and is there any possibility ...
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Are both sentences correct? “He is sleeping now.” and “He sleeps now.”

If so, is there any difference in meaning and the field of use? Can "He sleeps now." be considered grammatically wrong?
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How to talk about actions with repetition in the past?

One way to talk about the actions that one commonly did in the past is using the modal "would". Now if I do not want to use it, how I can say my story. For example, When I was a lecturer, I go to ...
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Why “I aim…” and not “I aims…”? [duplicate]

My question might look silly, but it's confusing me as to how the first sentence below is correct and the latter incorrect, according to Grammarly app? 1) I aim to exceed the expectations of my ...
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Convert a series of Verb types to a tense

Using Stanford NLP I have a series of parses - for example "They will have been going to the park." to (among other things) the Verb Phrase (MD will)(VP (VB have)(VP (VBN been)(VP (VBG going) ...
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Correct verb tense?

I am writing a story in the present tense, and I want to say: 'I set my back straight, my chin up, and walk onwards; as if I know where I am and what I am doing here. Is it correct? The second ...
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“Today, we have announced” vs “We have announced today”

I know that it sounds more natural to say "Today, we're announcing" or what have you, but I'm struggling to explain why it is. Does anybody know a reason for this? Is "We have announced today" ...
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changes from when clause to if clause

When I am ill, I go to the doctor. If I am ill, I will go to the doctor. If I am ill, I go to the doctor. Which is correct?
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Grammatical explanation for the different use of ‘continue’ and ‘continues’

My Vietnamese friend was signing a wedding card and wrote, “I hope your love continue to grow”. I pointed out that she should have said ”continues to grow”. She replied that someone else wrote, “May ...
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What tense do I use for different actions in the past for dead people?

I want to refer to 2 kids and draw some parallelisms. John is alive now. Mark is dead. John lives in New York. "Mark LIVED in New York" or "Mark USED TO LIVE in New York". John likes to play soccer....
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Is it correct to say “I wished I had learnt something somehow”

Is it correct to say "I wished I had learnt something somehow"|| Is there a better way to say it in few words ?? (After much practicing I felt I was not getting good at a skill, so, in my childhood ...
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have done something at one specific point in the future [closed]

I'm wondering whether this is grammatically correct? I'll do something when I have done something else have done something else hasn't happened and will be some time in the future
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Past Perfect Tense Used Instead of Past Simple in 'The Kite Runner'

I'm currently reading 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, and notice that in some place in the book, i can't really comprehend the use of past perfect tense instead of simple past tense. Consider ...
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Tense switching when describing an action

What is it called when the tense switches in the middle of a clause? “But, sir,” said Harry, making valiant efforts not to sound argumentative, “it all comes to the same thing, doesn't it? I've got ...
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Tense problem. Retelling a story and asking questions

I am reading a story and I need to retell it and then to ask some questions about the plot. So I don’t know what tense I should use. The author himself switches from Present Simple/Continuous to Past ...
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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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What grammatical construction is it?

I would like to ask, what grammatical construction was used in the sentence below. She had a test tomorrow, but she was getting nowhere. I just do not understand this at all. It looks a little ...
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Is “let” a modal? [migrated]

Must the verb that follow let always be an infinitive regardless of the context, even in a reported speech? For example, He told us to let him saw her one last time. Is that correct?
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Is it confusing for English speakers to see mixed tenses in narration? [migrated]

I translate fanfiction stories from Russian into English as a hobby and I'm a bit confused about tenses. In Russian, it's normal to mix past and present tenses in generally past narration, but I ...
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Tense/construction of verb following 'looked at'

For example, in a sentence like 'he looked at his enemy....(use the verb fall)', would one say falling or fall? I feel like if the sentence was watched, it would be fall, but now for this construction ...
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Tenses That Suggests a Present Effect

Which of the replies can be used correctly? Aska: You look tired. Lara: A- I woke up all night. B- I've woken up all night. C- I've been waking up all night. The suggested answer is C. Why are the ...
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“My probation ends this Friday.” What tense to use and why?

What tense is correct to use? My probation ends this Friday. My probation is ending this Friday. My probation will end this Friday. Thanks.
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A question about tense with regard to the sequential order

Assume that there are two texts written in sequential order, Text B having awareness of Text A. In the context where we discuss Text B in the present tense, in what tense should we refer to Text A? In ...
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Progressive Form of Be and Lately in Present Continuous

Firstly, is the following sentence correct? My brother is being unusually nervous lately. If correct, how is being nervous behavior? We usually use the progressive of be to describe a behavior or an ...
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Is correct to say “solutions published tomorrow”

Yesterday I got "The Telehraph" newspaper and was examining the puzzles section when caught a sentence: "Solutions published tomorrow". Is this a correct construction? Or maybe newspaper's slang?
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past continuous, future perfect, past perfect continuous, etc - Are they useful? [closed]

I'm learning English as a ESL student. In addition, I have never been to English-speaking countries, so I couldn't learn which grammar is no more useful these days. In my memory, I haven't seen any ...
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Which is correct sentence [closed]

I am confuse on following sentence. which one is correct and why? My parents are retired or My parents were retired would appreciate if someone help me to clear this confusion. Thanks
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Tense Nuances for a Completed Action with Present Result [closed]

Would you please tell me which one is correct/incorrect and why? Ali came into the sitting room. It was empty, but the television was still on. Someone ________ it. ❶) had been watched ❷) ...
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I finish vs finishing [migrated]

What's the difference between: 1) I will talk to you after I finish this. 2) I will talk to you after finishing this. is 2) grammatically correct? What would be the name for writing the sentence ...
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Present verb/adjective in different contexts in the present tense

I am coming from software developer context and here was a sentence: Don't refuse packages from install when the hook is not present. I doubt that hook is not present is a good choice here ...
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What tense should be used at sentence «Currently i work as engineer, but i also look for work as manager»? [migrated]

What tense should be used at this sentence? Now i use Present Simple, and at the one hand it seems to be right choice, because my work is not attached to a time, but at the other hand something this ...
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Which tense is this sentence? [closed]

Which tense is this sentence?: „I don‘t think I did very well in my exams.“
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mixed tenses: present perfect + future will

Can we use present perfect and future tenses in one sentence to talk about a project that had started in the past and is predicted to be completed in a particular year? e.g. The implementation of ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct: “She would make for a convincing Amy.” [closed]

This sentence is part of dialogue between producer and actor, when she was convincing them to cast her in film. The film is ready now. During the premiere, they were recalling a previous moment that ...