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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'yet' and tense of the sentence

"You try breaking that window yet?" I can't guess the exact tense of this sentence, because of 'yet'. Is it a question for someone who is trying to break the window or have tried to break it?
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The usage of the past tense of the word ‘assign’: ‘assigned’

I understand the meaning of the transitive verb assign, however, I had a question regarding the usage of the past tense of the word assign: assigned. Observe the following statement: If “a is ...
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Modal Verbs and Sequence of Tenses

Should the clause “I would/should think” be followed by another also in the past, according to the rules of tense sequence? I should think he was here [I think he is here now]. I should think the ...
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Present perfect tense and Past tense in a single sentence

I'm wondering whether consistency of tenses should apply in the following sentence: I've attended events like Coachella and I always felt physically awful. Should "I've" be replaced with "I" to be ...
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Past-tense noun form of “Archiving”?

I have the following status messages in some code: Deleting Session Data... Deletion complete. I want to use the same sentence structure (no alternate structure suggestions, please) to create ...
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Perfect Tense Stative verbs

I'd like you to tell me which one of my following sentences is correct. I am not sure if I have to use the past simple or present perfect. I'd add that I want to talk about something which is still ...
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Present perfect continue & perfect

Could anyone tell me if my examples below is correct, I mean, tenses? "In fact, I've been thinking about keeping this path when I've finished business school..." "In fact, I've been thinking about ...
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It has been a long time + present perfect

Could anyone tell me whether my following sentences make sense in English? It has been a long time since I have played this game = I haven't played this game for a long time It has been a long time ...
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The present vs the past (when it comes to a range of possibilities covering dead and living people and if the answer is someone who has died)

Suppose there is a list of people who have been named as the candidates for being the best president ever. On the list are the incumbent and some ex-presidents, some of whom have died. How would we ...
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Second-Level Conditional and the Subjunctive

Does the second-level conditional such as, “If I studied harder, I would do better on the test,” derive from the subjunctive? Or does it belong to its own “tense” (or perhaps “mood”) in the English ...
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Past, hypothetical situation and a present, real one

Is it grammatically correct to say,” if you had worked hard, I would buy you a chocolate”? The first part is the past, hypothetical situation, whereas, the second one is the present, hypothetical ...
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Tense it's been [closed]

Hi could somebody tell me if my following sentences are correct? It's been a long time since we saw each other It's been a long time we didn't see each other It's been a long time we haven't seen ...
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“The solution would be that he go and talk.”

Just need to confirm if this construction is correct. Would also really appreciate it if it could be broken down too from a grammatical perspective. Many thanks!
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Is the mix of tenses in this sentence correct?

The Constitution was envisioned as a reaffirmation of the fundamentals which are commonly held and have been accepted by the people. "was", "have", "are", in the same sentence?
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what's the rule for tense consistency within a sentence?

I have a doubt regarding tense consistency within the same sentence. Which one between these two sentences is correct? A - when he comes out of the house, a storm blows all over the city. B - when he ...
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past simple and past continuous

Which of these verb forms is correct in each case? I hoped/was hoping to go away this weekend, but my boss give/was giving me some work that I have to finish by Monday. I bumped into Lena last week....
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence? [migrated]

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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How to pronounce “read” in different situation? ie Reed or Red? [closed]

English learner here, so my question is how to read, read? For example, how should I pronounce "read" here? How many times did you read about xxx? or How many times have you read about xxx? On ...
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Are these tenses grammatically correct?

I am trying to write something, but I am not sure whether these are grammatically correct. Is there any better way of saying these sentences? English is not my first language so sometimes I kinda get ...
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Should it always be “when someone did action X someone else HAD done action Y?”

I have encountered this sentence: "She was dancing when he started to play music" From what I know, it should be: "She had been dancing when he started to play music" My question is: is the first ...
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Had vs Have had

I was wondering if the following phrases I had no idea you were there I've had no idea you were there are both grammatically correct? As a rule, I've seen the 1st option much more often than the ...
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Should we always use the past if the person is no longer alive or when we refer to a past state

When I want to point out that the person is still regarded as the best student till now, tho they have been gone or they are not a student anymore, what tense should I use, the present or the past? ...
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“He hadn't realized there'd been a lightning storm brewing.” Why is past perfect used in this sentence?

I'm seeing past perfect more often in these types of sentences and it doesn't make sense. What makes it different from using simple past here? Edit: Thanks, I got it now.
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Why is the past perfect used here?

Why is the past perfect used in these cases? This is from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Winston had seen O'Brien about twelve times in almost as many years. Years ago he had dreamed about O'...
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Problems on the sequence of tenses

I feel really confused with the sequence of tenses sometimes. I am trying to explain where my problem is. Suppose, I have three different sentences which I want to express in two sentences. 1) I ...
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Future perfect/simple future/present perfect

Please consider the following: They will report to me what they will have known/will know/have known. Which one is right if the context is they will report to me after they know it
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Stative verbs and tenses

Is it correct to use stative verbs in simple past tense Ex:we all tasted the cake. Is it gramitically correct to use in simple future and perfect tenses
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Everyone he ever knew or Everyone he had ever known?

Wondering if this is correct. It's a line of dialogue from a work of fiction: "His last memory of school is discovering everyone he ever knew had been massacred." or should it be: "His last memory ...
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Is it grammatically correct if I change “came” to “comes” in this sentence? If so, what is the difference in their meanings? [closed]

If I were Joe Kelly's wife, I would never get that window fixed, and I would just make him explain what happened every time someone came over.
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How to say Lie/Lay [closed]

So, here's another one of the Lay/Lie questions. How do you say "she is lying quietly on the grass, under the stars." in past tense? She lay quietly on the grass, under the stars. She was lying ...
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Past tense with -ING [duplicate]

So I was looking for answers about mixing present participle with past tense, but I haven't seen any example specific to my query yet. I know it has been answered here: Can Present Participle verbs ...
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Which of these is right? “I've had three family members recover(ed)” [closed]

I've had three family members recover. OR I've had three family members recovered. What's the difference between them (if these both are correct!).
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Combination of the present perfect and the simple past?

Is there a chance to combine these two tenses this way, I have checked with several sites, and I found out that it's seemingly some jobless old latino, definitely not Willis.
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Know vs knew, are these forms ungrammatical? [closed]

My brother sent me a video showing a Hollywood actor's stupid Tiktok videos. I responded to it with Willis has been an idiotic oldie since several years ago, I knew this. But, I didnt know he has ...
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After and Before Clauses

guys. I would like to ask whether a clause should always be in the past if it follows another clause starting with after in the past. For instance: After she read the note, she understands/understood ...
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Past Perfect or Past Simple?

I am writing a text on theatre. I would like to put in one sentence two different time references: "The model has recently been popular in the academia" AND "It was theorized about 50 years ago by ...
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Is 'was going to' used in a wish-clause to express wish in the future?

I know that in 'wish-clauses', either was/were can be used, but I'm not sure about 'to be going to'. I have seen this example from Azar and Hagen (2017) and I wonder if 'was going to' can be used here....
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How to use tenses in participial phrases

In one of my grammar books, it states - when using a past part ending (d, ed, en, t) the action takes place prior to the finite verb. You must find the verb first and then make sure the action of ...
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1 sentence, 3 tenses, 1 infinitive, 2 voices, 1 giant headache

Help me parse this sentence. I feel like it is not correct, but I cannot figure out a different way to express the thought. Therefore, it is my sincere hope to hear that [he] was accepted to the ...
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Using had vs have in a sentence

For this sentence, I'm not sure whether to use had or have: Ever since I saw Harry Potter, I had/have been interested in Muggle Studies. "Have" sounds better, but "had" and "saw" are both past ...
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Verbs with different tenses and different complements joined by “and”

Is it grammatically incorrect to join two verbs with different tenses? E.g., "This project hoped to and has potentially succeeded in producing one such possible framework..." Here "hoped to" refers ...
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Verb Tense - Past or Past Perfect?

Just wondering which verb tense would be correct. It's fiction written in the past tense. 1) James fired his gun over the couch we hid behind. 2) James fired his gun over the couch we’d hidden ...
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Using “is” or not

Should I use "is" in the below: 1-Whatever what you dream of, with the hard work you can achieve it. 2-Whatever is what you dream of, with the hard work you can achieve it.
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We wished we didn't go in? [closed]

Put the verbe in the correct tense "On this occasion we did, but once inside in the establishment we wished we ____ (not go) in. I would say "we wished we didn't go in"
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Can I use past perfect after present perfect?

I know that we can use present perfect and past perfect in one sentence but is it correct to to use it like this? The car, which no one can catch a glimpse of anymore, has disappeared as quickly as it ...
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Present tense mixed with past tense in diaries?

Need some help with the tenses here. I'm not a native English speaker. In reading Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt, I've noticed many cases where tenses are mixed together within one paragraph. The ...
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One of the many side effects of the way our brains is or are

I came across this sentence in a book I am reading but I cannot comprehend why the word 'work' is used instead of 'works' since one and way are both singular. "This fondness for stories is just one ...
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Continuous aspect as in “I have to be cooking all days”

1) A: Do you like cooking? B: I have to be cooking all days because of my kids. -What is the nuance of "be ~ing" when compared with "I have to cook all days because of my kids"? When do you use the ...
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You entered into your living room & saw a pool of water on the floor, you say “Did you spill the water?” or “Have you spilled the water?”?

According to a textbook, We use the present perfect to say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. The exact time is not important. You CANNOT use the present perfect with ...
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Do I use has been or have been?

When writing this sentence "Mrs. Jones, and many other teachers, _____ been grading papers." Do I use have or had, and why?

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