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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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Confusion in Tense

Five of the batsmen never did reach 300. How is this sentence grammatically correct? According to the grammar I've known, it should be: Five of the batsmen never reached 300. Similarly explain why '...
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has always been V.S. is always

Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our mission has, really, always been to connect the world." My questions is: Can we say "Our mission is, really, always to connect the world"? What's the difference between "...
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Which is correct and why? He looked up at the sky and found that night ____ [fell _ had fallen _ has fallen]

Which one is correct? He looked up at the sky and found that night ___. [1] fell [2] had fallen [3] has fallen
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What tense is this in? ( present continuous, past continuous, simple present, simple past ect ) [on hold]

"There are so many things in the world that I love. Dozing in the sun at the beach after swimming, limbs exhausted, salt drying stiff in my hair. Cutting up vegetables into neat, symmetrical pieces. ...
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tenses: what's the difference between the following sentences

I am reading a novel named Thirteen Reasons Why. And there is a sentence (And that's when I realized how hard I had been crying) in a paragraph as follows: When someone finally did answer, I sucked ...
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“I saw the girl, who is standing outside our house”

I was having a conversation with my mom about this one sentence. Which option is grammatically correct? a) I saw the girl who is standing outside our house b) I saw the girl who was standing ...
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Present Simple or Past Simple

Which is more common for native speakers to use in the following construction, present or past? She is really a good friend and she never 'fails/failed' to send me a letter each month.
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Talking about feelings of a past event

I am confused about the use of tenses in describing an event in the past. I went to a Funfair and I played several games. (a) My favorite game is Ring toss. I like tossing the rings to the cones. ...
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Choice between past tense and present tense? [duplicate]

Todd is asking Dan about his concept of slow travel. The below is part of Dan's reply. Yeah, I mean especially maybe because I'm a blogger, we're always seeking to define things in unique ways. ...
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Future tense or future perfect tense, which one should be used in this sentence?

by 2050, time travel .... possible. a) will be b) will have been which answer is correct? is it wrong to use "will be" in that case?
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Simple past or past perfect in a subordinate phrase? [closed]

Should I use the simple past or the past perfect when describing an antecedent to a past event? For example: Laura passed her exam because she studied very hard Laura passed her exam because she had ...
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Can we use 'was' instead of 'had been' keeping meaning? [migrated]

Here is two sentences: By 100 AD, the Roman Empire had been defeated. By 100 AD, the Roman Empire was defeated. Is 2nd one going to keep meaning of the 1st one?
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Mixed tenses (present & past) [closed]

I am really upset now, experts. I said there were two acceptable answers to the following, but my superiors said there was only one. Below is the question. I really wanted to talk to him in person, ...
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must have washed downstream VS must have been washed downstream

There are two hikers hiking near a stream. One of them seeing it in says: Look! A miner's old pack and gear! Must have washed downstream! My question is: Is it just a simple passive voice sentence ...
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I take or I’d take or I’ll take?

“oh I use reading tracking apps. cause I like knowing how long ‘I take’ to finish a book.” is this the correct way to say this? or should I either use “I would or I will”. I’m confused whether to use ...
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What part of speech is “surrounded” in this sentence?

"The cat was surrounded by mice." What part of speech is "surrounded" in this sentence? To me, it seems like the verb "surround" is being used as a past participle in the passive voice... hence, it's ...
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Why sometimes the “perfect” aspect denotes something that has finished and sometimes it does not?

I am sorry if I phrased the title in a way that is unclear. I will try to elaborate: Perfect tenses often are taught as expressing something that has been finished, e.g.: He has left >> The "...
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Last year I took the bus to work. Since then I've taken the train [migrated]

Just read this in a textbook (not written by natives I believe). Is that correct, unambiguous? I would expect "Since then I have been taking the train".
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Which tense would be correct in this context?

Since I moved to my parents' old house, I have been going to work by bus. Is this tense correct? I am currently living in that house, so I believe a perfect tense is the right one, and I assume ...
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appreciate + present continuous

I want to ask someone to send me some information and I think that I have those two options: a) I would appreciate you sending me this information. b) I would appreciate if you sent me this ...
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What tense is the sentence “He would go to finish the job?” [migrated]

Other examples, "He would leave the store." "He would decide to help him."
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Use of present tense in a subordinate clause within a sentence that uses future tense

Is the use of tenses correct in the following sentence ? "One of the key components will be the XXX that replaces the existing YYY." In particular, the use of the present tense in the subordinate ...
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Usage of 'have had' [migrated]

The following is a line from the novel 'Atlas shrugged' by Ayn Rand. Why, then—she wondered—should he have had to carry a burden of tragedy which, in silent endurance, he had accepted so completely ...
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Which tense fits the context best?( would win or won) [migrated]

The Super Grocery Store organized a competition for kids. Whoever could guess the correct number of jellybeans in the big jar,________(to win) a prize.
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Present Perfect problem [migrated]

I am study English now and all this present perfect/perfect progressive thing just blows my mind. Here's the situation: "She's been in London for five days". I can't understand from this sentence, ...
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Grammar: Past perfect tense [migrated]

If someone just told me about some celebrity I didn't know about all my life. would it be natural to express this in past perfect tense. For instance: Someone tells me about me about Mohammed Ali and ...
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Have been heard from

once again I'm trying to translate to my native language a sentence from the movie Ice Castles (1978). First of all, some context in a nutshell: There's a famous trainer (girl voice in the audio clip)...
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How to explain the tenses in these sentences?

So my Japanese student is having trouble understanding why the following tenses are used and I’m not sure how to explain it. My line manager wants the meeting arranged immediately. Why does that ...
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Use of 'for' for an action/state started earlier and still going on

The prepositions for and since are used to indicate the point of start of an activity. While since can be used only in perfect tenses, for can be used in any tenses. As such, is it grammatically and ...
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I am confused between the uses of simple past and present perfect here [closed]

a) If she has completed her work by monday, she can come to the office b) If she completed her work by monday, she can come to the office. Would you tell me Which and why the correct choice of tense ...
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Past Perfect usage question

„Boxer Joe Foster had fought over 100 opponents when he retired in 1994.” Why someone used Past Perfect in this senence?
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What tense to use with when along with past perfect

Consider this sentence: He had felt this pain earlier, when he drew the bow. My intuition would be that the sentence is incorrect, and that the correct form is: He had felt this pain earlier, when ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

The following sentence is grammatically correct: He swung his legs, and sang a song. But I'm unsure if this is correct: He swung his legs, singing a song. It sounds correct to me, but I'm not ...
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Past or present tense when reporting the views of another?

When reporting the views of another person, what tense should I use? Here are three fragments of a paragraph from a text I am currently writing: "Another objection is that Friedman overestimates the ...
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past simple or present perfect

This is an excerpt from an official Cambridge exams preparation book: "Mike: Thank you. Lots of people ........(help) us last year and we want to thank everyone." The task is to fill in the correct ...
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Present Perfect tense in combination with 'for/in/since'

I'm currently having a discussion with a friend regarding the usage of a present perfect tense in combination with for/in/since etc. It revolves around this sentence: Traffic has been a big problem ...
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Tense of the verb

The boss with his colleagues have reached the hall. In the above sentence why do we use "have reached" instead of "has reached". I used to think that "boss with his colleagues " can be taken as ...
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Correct usage of “was passed”

Recently I came across a phrase that sounds wrong to me as a native speaker (New Zealand English), but I can't find a rule that explains whether this is correct or not. "The submitted build was ...
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Adjective + the present/past [duplicate]

Would you please consider the following: Riana (WAS/IS) so quick a thinker that she decided to dodge left when the knife was swung to her. My question: Riana is still alive and her being ...
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Normally, which one would you like to choose? Past simple or past perfect?

Now my problem was, how was I going to get back to my farm stay house? I ________ a map with me. A. didn’t bring B. hadn’t brought C. hadn’t been bringing
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Correct way to use gerunds?

I'm having a debate on whether it is better to use gerund or past tense in my science report. Please have a look at the sentences below. When blowing into the solution, CO2 was introduced to the ...
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How to choose tense while using “in case” in a sentence?

I am following English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy: unit 114 is about "in case". The author mentioned the use of 2 tenses(present and past) with "in case": Do not use will after "in case". ...
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Knew, realized + the past/present

Please consider the following: I knew the building (IS/WAS) thirty feet tall. They realized I (AM/WAS) his son. My question: both those clauses contain general truths. So, do I need to use ...
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I haven't watched it vs I didn't watch it

My friends sent an old video to a chat group. One said: Dude, It's a really old video. (I didn't watch this video until my friend sent it to the group.) What should I use? I haven't watched it ...
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Is this grammatical? “It is I who was being romantic about tradition” [closed]

I read this in a book and it threw me a little bit. Should it not be "It was I who was being romantic about tradition" as it's talking about the past?
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Tenses query present and past [duplicate]

What is the difference between 'I have gone to the restaurant' and 'I had gone to the restaurant'
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“Since he did” vs “since he had done”

everyone! Could you please help me to choose between these two variants? "He said he had been working in this laboratory (lab) since he graduated." "He said he had been working in this laboratory (...
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Using the Present Progressive when describing a situation

I've noticed that use, and I like to learn more about the theory behind it. In that sense, why to choose this tense over the Simple Present. For example: When you are walking around Denver and ...
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What makes progressive verbs different from atelic, and can a verb be both atelic/telic, and/or progressive?

From what I've been reading about progressive verb forms those types of verbs are more often atelic, but I'm wondering if there are progressive forms that are exceptions to that. Or how can atelic/...
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What tense is “I could have played tennis.”?

My understanding is that the sentence I will have played tennis. is future perfect. But, what happens if I substitute the word "will" with a modal such as "could" or "ought to"? Does that change ...