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Questions tagged [tenses]

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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Which tense is this sentence? [on hold]

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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what must be the tense of sentences when we want to talk about a group of people opinions?

for example of I want to talk about Democrats opinions about a topic. what must be the tense of my sentences?
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Applying past tenses depending on emphasis

Could someone explain if The house had stood on a hill for 800 years and The house had been standing on a hill for 800 years are both correct and if yes, how does this depend on the context? I've ...
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Difference between I had done my homework and I have done my homework [closed]

What is the difference between I had done my homework and I have done my homework? Can you please explain it in the simplest way possible?
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Was to be a … Usage [closed]

I am writing academic paper, the background of the task, and I want to describe idea behind the product like so. It was to be a "something"... However I am not sure if that is a correct usage of the ...
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Is “…should I have done…” a correct tense? [closed]

Can you please tell me if my tenses are correct in the following sentence? If so, what are the tenses I am using? Thank you! "I was hoping to get a response before the upcoming deadline, so I could ...
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unless or even if [closed]

which conjunction is true grammatically? I advise you to shop around for the lowest price before having your house insured even if you had already decided on one. I advise you to shop around for the ...
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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 ...
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Which one is correct: “the old you were dead / the old you was dead”? [closed]

Which one is correct: "the old you were dead / the old you was dead" ?
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Completed action in the past lead to an ongoing action - which tense to use?

I am a bit confused about the proper tense for the following situation. I try to make an example: A couple of weeks ago I talked to someone. We have not talked or communicated in any way again since ...
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Past Simple or Past Continuous

I don't know what I should use in this situation. I will give you an example: Mary drew / was drawing a family picture while her grandparents were staying in Japan. What is correct?
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I have a secret that I have kept hidden from my circle of friends and family [migrated]

When I was browsing internet. I saw this sentence. I have a doubt on the usage of "have kept hidden" What tense is it? Is it Active voice of present perfect? If so why there is a word "hidden" which ...
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What’s the difference between “… a word you have said” and “…a word you said”?

Consider two sentences: I don't understand a word you said I don't understand a word you have said. I know about usage of simple past and present perfect, but these kinds of sentences baffle me. ...
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Difficult construction with Past Perfect + have to

I'm a little bit confused with grammatic construction which includes Past Perfect + "have to". The first question which appears here is: if this construction is grammatic or not? The law changed ...
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Suitable verb form in the past tense sentence

There's the next sentence: "I saw Mr Brown ..... the building at two o'clock." Which option would be the most appropriate to put in and why ? I really want to put in "was leaving", but there's no ...
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What is the simple past form of “His glory can never fade.”? [migrated]

Also the passive voice of "They had someone to help them."
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Can I use simple past along with present perfect like this?

The sentence is, for example, The researchers investigated and found that due to the rise of AI bots, most of the existing works have focused on protecting the email services from spam. Is this ...
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What does use of “would” in the following sentence mean exactly?

I would study X and Y, possibly thorough the help of Z. Say, this is being written for a statement or application contingent on approval by a committee. Is "would" a modal verb or subjunctive here? ...
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What is the difference between 'as if it were nothing' or 'as it was nothing'

I have two sentences. In the first I used were. A friend of mine said that you can also use was as there is no difference. In my opinion the first sentence sounds more correct but I am not sure why. ...
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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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“when” + present perfect, “when” + present continuous

Is it grammatically correct to say I remember that there were two memorable times when I have helped people Also I would like to talk about my experience when I was pursuing my master degree
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Which is correct - “responded” or “would respond”?

Jack had anticipated that it would be several minutes before the local police responded to a burglary in the New York District. or Jack had anticipated that it would be several minutes before ...
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How to avoid mixing past and present tense in narration?

I looked through the related questions, but I didn't find any concrete advice. I understand that it's OK to do so. I'm not sure how common it is, but I'm a beginner writer and want to keep things ...
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Reporting past action in present tense - Minutes production [closed]

Ms. Smith reported staff has no objection to the request. or Ms. Smith reported staff had no objection to the request.
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“"Welcome to the fourth episode of…” How many episodes have been done? [closed]

There is currently a debate among my friends. It is about our final listening test. In the audio script, the content was about a Radio show and the MC said "Welcome to the fourth episode of ...
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Similarity between future perfect and future perfect continuous

I had an assignment given before some days. I tried to do it and got some answers right, but it was not satisfactory. Can you tell me the similarity between future perfect and future perfect ...
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As followed by past simple or past continuous

Recently I had to sit a test and one exercise was particularly tricky: all inflected forms of the verb in brackets were removed and I had to fill in with the correct tense.  Personally, I don't think ...
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Future Simple vs. Future Perfect in difficult sentence

I would like to ask three questions: 1.) If the sentence mentioned below is gramatically correct. Everything will be spotless by the time they get here. 2.) Is it correct to use Future Simple ...
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Verb for sentence joined by comma?

I am writing a novel and this sentence comes in middle of a paragraph. When such people found someone who was not easily bored or not greedy, they reacted unexpectedly. I this sentence, the form ...
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What tense to use with “when” clause

I've just listened to the song and memories have come flooding back. The question is what tense to use to describe what have just happened in a sentence: when I've heard this song memories had come ...
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Is “Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework,” a correct sentence?

I am confused between these two sentences and could not identify which one is correct to say. Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework. or Generally, when I am at home, I do my ...
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Tenses - Differences in meaning of two sentences

I would like to understand the difference between two sentences and ask if they are gramatically correct. 1.) Sam gained weight because he had been overeating. So, he ate much in the past and gained ...
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Future simple or continuous?

Which of the following is correct to say? "House prices will be rising as soon as the economic crisis is over" "House prices will rise as soon as the economic crisis is over" Likewise ...
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Simple present or simple past tense after “said”?

They said they were good friends. They said they are good friends. Which one is correct? For me 1. sounds like I'm implying they're not good friends now, but this isn't what I want to say. And 2....
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Future perfect continuous tense error

By next Christmas, we will have been here for eight years. Why in this sentence,there is an error in "will have been" ? I know this is wrong then the correct sentence would be -By next Christmas, we ...
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What tense is this?

Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. But this… does put a smile on my face. What tense is this, I'm really confused...
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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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Continuous(Progressive) module in Old English

I'm curious as to the origins of the Continuous(progressive) module. Whenever I meet texts emulating old speech, like in: video game RPGs, books like the Saxon Chronicles, Hollywood movies about the ...
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i studied or was studying

Now I am 60years old and I want to say that sometime in the past i was at Oxford university 5 years for example but without a specific time in the past,30 or 40years ago etc. 1) "i have studied at ...
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Why can't the word “can” be used in future tense (will can)?

I'm curious about why the English word can cannot be used in future tense (e.g. will can). An example unrelated to English is French term je pourrai, but that's exactly what I mean. Compare German ...
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Usage of tense in sentences with “in case” [closed]

"I will give you a map in case you get lost." "I will give you a map in case you will be getting lost." Which use of the tenses of the bold portions of the above two sentences is correct?
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Why do 'vomit/limit' use single 't' while emit/omit use double 't'? A study case of relations between etymology and verb inflections

One comment gave me a great link for musing the answer: "Focussed" or "focused"? Rules for doubling the last consonant when adding -ed However, my question is the rule in doubling ...
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What is the Holocaust, or what was the Holocaust?

I am writing a piece of history coursework about the Holocaust. One of the section titles is What is the Holocaust, or What was the Holocaust? Could somebody please confirm which of these two is ...
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What is the difference between “could they have had” and “would they have”? [closed]

1.How many days of vacation could they have had? 2.How many days would they have on vacation? if any... thanks:)
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usage of future perfect

If I am not mistaken one of the keywords for this tense is "by". e.g By august I will have done my work. But lately, I have found this example: In August Gordon will have been at this company for 25 ...
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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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can we use a present tense before “since”?

Is it grammatically correct to say "it is 2 months since we've been dating"? Because I heard with "since" we must use a perfect or/and a past tense, like "it's been 2 months since we've been dating".
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Mixed tenses in a sentence : had to + simple past

So a story that is told primarily in simple past has the following sentence: He had to shake him out of his trance and pointed at the battle. Should 'pointed' follow the same tense as 'shake' and ...
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why are they selecting our products or why do they select our products. Which one?

This one from Steve Jobs video, 00:42. He use "why are they selecting our products", could I use " why do they select our products"? what are the differences? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...