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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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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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Future perfect continuous tense of be verb [closed]

The future perfect continuous tense of 'be' verb is a possibility? 1 I will have been being in the cinema industry for 3 months by this Christmas. Is this type of sentence construction used in the ...
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What was to have been done [closed]

When do I use “was/were to have been done” and what's the difference between it and “should/would have been done”? Q.E.F. stands for quod erat faciendum, that which was to have been done, translating ...
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A sentence consisting of two dependent clauses, one has a passive verb other one has a simple present tense [closed]

In this sentence When a DOMString is provided to JavaScript, it maps directly to the corresponding String. that must mean when when JavaScript (a programming language) in some point of program gets ...
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What tense should I use in this paraphrasing sentence?

This is a question from IELTS Essay. Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news for the majority of people. We are required to ...
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Is "I would request you to" totally wrong in both American and British English when I want to want to request something from someone? [closed]

I wrote an email to someone like- Thanks! I would request you to [do this] so that I can [do that]. They replied making fun of English by saying "okay I will thank you for that" so I thought ...
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was... has been vs was... had been

I wrote a sentence by myself as follows: It WAS acclaimed as a masterpiece that HAD changed the world. I am confused if the "had changed" here is correct because I intended to say "...
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What tenses are being used in this sentence construction?

A new book* is being released with the tagline If you knew how your love story ends, would you dare to begin? I'm a native British English speaker, the author is, and I presume whoever wrote that is ...
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"Was" or "is" when comparing? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between the following two sentences? 1). The person that went to the moon in 2003 is X. 2). The person that went to the moon in 2003 was X. Both statements express an equality. ...
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Can a while clause be followed by the present perfect?

Is it correct to say the following? While working on my project I have found an interesting research paper. I mean whether while and the use of present perfect in the same sentence is correct.
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How to refer to an event happening without referring to when it's happening? [duplicate]

I can say that an event will happen, or has happened, or is happening. But is there a way to say that an event exists in the time line without referring to WHEN it is placed? For example, I can say I ...
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Past tense sentence containing a habitual action in present tense

I have found a few questions on the site regarding habitual action and tenses, but nothing addresses my specific query. I want to know whether it is acceptable to use the present tense to describe a ...
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Is there really a tense-concord in English?

For those who don't know what tense-concord is, it is the concord between the conditional part and the resultant part in a conditional sentence. For e.g. (1) If he comes, the party will be lit. (Real ...
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How to make these sentences passive: 'People believe that Jenkins is the culprit.' and 'People believed that Jenkins was the culprit.' [closed]

How to make these sentences passive? 'People believe that Jenkins was the culprit.' and 'People believed that Jenkins was the culprit.' I know it is Jenkins is believed to have been the culprit. ...
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"Do I" in past narrative tense

Consider the following made-up passage where "do I" is used to indicate internal monologue. "And where were you on that night?", she asked. I hesitated. Did I lie, did I tell the ...
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How to refine ambiguous tense reference?

Caught offguard, Gibbet retreated to the safety of the wall, fervently hoping that the darkness was sufficient to hide him from her gaze. Reading this sentence, it feels ambiguous (to me) whether it ...
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Present perfect with the adverb yesterday

I have a question about using the adverb yesterday with the present perfect. While reading this book - "Grammar for English Language Teachers" (Martin Parrot), I came across this passage -&...
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What's the passive form of "I have been learning English for 5 years"? [closed]

Is it "English has been being learned for 5 years" Or "English has been learned for 5 years" The first one sounds awkward and the second one implies (to me at least) that the ...
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Is this a shift in tense?

I'm having a problem understanding tense shifts. Take for example: Pittsburgh Public managed to hold to this tradition once again by bringing this ageless piece of musical theater to life with ...
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Present tense or past tense? [duplicate]

I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Or I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. Should the tenses match?
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Difference between preterite and past participle?

That a considerable economy has been effected in verb conjugation may be seen chiefly in the invariable negative form ain’t, which serves to negate the present tense of both to be and to have: He ain’...
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What's the appropriate tense here? [duplicate]

Hope everyone's doing well. I've a question about tenses. For example: Why did you select this prompt? I chose this prompt because it was/is easy to understand. The action happens—or happened [hell, ...
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How long have you been married (for)? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between the following sentences? How long have you been married? How long have you been married for?
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Is exponentiate a valid verb tense of exponentiation?

'Exponentiate' seems to fail spell checks and it doesn't appear to be valid in any official dictionaries that I can see. Though I do I see it used from time to time and see it in questionable "...
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Conditionals to express an action in the past if a condition been met

Can anyone please explain me if the following two sentences are grammatically correct? If so, how they differ in meaning? If I had gone back when I was unemployed for one year after my graduation, I ...
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Can someone please clarify if this use of tense makes sense or not? [closed]

In a recent contract I signed, there was something that misled me. The contract stated something in the following way: "You must not have [done this] from [past time] until [future time]" eg:...
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Any precedent for the word "storn"?

When reading an article on programming languages this morning, I came across this interesting verb formation (emphasis mine): Any Brainfuck program can be easily converted to Boolfuck. The process is ...
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cotton-top tamarins also spend most of their lives in the trees. My question is about why not most of their live ? why lives? [duplicate]

I don't understand (most of their lives) is singular or plural ? what make this sentence singular for what reason ?
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Correct usage of a sentence with "is/was"? [closed]

I have a question regarding the usage of a sentence. Option A: Today is your last day to complete this task. Option B: Today was your last day to complete this task. I have a doubt, so when I'm ...
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It feels like there can be more than one correct answer to the way these questions are posed [closed]

Can someone tell me if this quiz is credible? Answers and the reasoning behind them would be most helpful in the case that it is credible. My feeling is the questions are posed in an ambiguous way and ...
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Does the verb 'deliver' make sense in this sentence? [closed]

We are going to deliver this meeting. Not sure if the verb 'deliver' is used correctly in this sentence. If not what alternative words can I use?
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If she beats him he'll claim she <cheated/has cheated>

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by H&P (Page 126) has this example of non-deictic past: If she beats him he'll claim she cheated. CaGEL explains this sentence as follows: The time ...
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Have been thinking vs had been thinking [duplicate]

It's a bit confusing due to the nature of thinking. If I was thinking something and it turned out to be false: I have been thinking that I'm getting sufficient sleep, but it turns out I wasn't. Or ...
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Is this correct usage of perfect infinitive?

My question comes from this Present perfect VS infinitive verb, where they explained that the sentence He became the first 16 year old to have scored a goal for his country is grammatically incorrect ...
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Which one is grammatically correct? And why? [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? And why? Those who feel interest to tell lies never prosper in life. or Those who feel interested to tell lies never prosper in life.
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Reported Questions

I have a question about the use of reported speech. " Who were with you", asked Tom. If I have to change the above question into a reported question, should the answer be Tom asked me who I ...
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Tenses in clauses with conditionals [closed]

If you could go back in time, what would you do so that you ___ your life lived without regrets? will have would have have would have had My questions: Is this a badly written sentence? How do I ...
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"are disposed" or "were disposed"

Have you ever wondered where certain substances are contained inside laboratories and where these laboratory wastes are disposed? or Have you ever wondered where certain substances were contained ...
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Do verbs following relative pronouns need to be in the past tense if the sentence begins in the subjunctive?

"I would prefer someone who was a bit more sincere about their beliefs." vs. "I would prefer someone who's a bit more sincere about their beliefs." The second sounds more correct ...
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Why is present simple used here?

We had a sentence in an exam, and we were asked to choose the right tense of the verb, the sentence goes as follows They are having dinner; they (haven't had, don't have) any problems at all. Now ...
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the difference between "must have + (past participle)" and "should have + (past participle)"

The following is a question from the university entrance examination held in 2013 using the DNC Japan Test. My brother (  ) have been very popular when he was a high school student. He still gets lots ...
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does "rather than" work exactly like "instead of?"

I just need to run a check on this one sentence please context: I'm relating an incident to a friend, where person 'x' blames an innocent bystander instead of guilty party 'y" I say: "I just ...
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What is the proper tense for "listen" in this sentence?

I am trying to describe the following: I listen to a particular podcast. By this I mean that I regularly listen to the podcast when episodes come out. There was a guest on a particular episode of ...
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Should I use 'are' or 'were' when talking about event in the past

In this sentence, I'm talking about something that occurred in the past, but it's something cultural so it's a thing that happens every time, like if I am to attend an Indian event in the future I'm ...
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Mixing past and present tenses

I am wondering whether a sentence like this is correct: I wasn't allowed to work because I am Christian. Or should it be: I wasn't allowed to work because I was Christian. Should it be all past ...
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Please help with a question about verb tense "to infinitive"

Please help with labelling the verb tense for "to leap" in this sentence: It is not known what caused the young elk to leap at the window..." I think it is to infinitive, but I am not ...
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what is the verb tense for "is repaired" in this sentence

what is the verb tense for "is repaired" in the sentence "they will be eating breakfast in the local cafe until their kitchen is repaired".
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This was the first time I had ever cleaned the flat. Right tense?

I write in the past and I'm not sure whether it's: This was the first time I had ever cleaned the flat. This had been the first time I had ever cleaned the flat. In the present it would be: This is ...
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Trouble distinguishing meanings in verb past tense

Imagine a map titled "Settlement 1904-1914". In the key, red is labeled as "area that was settled during the time period". From context, this seems like it means areas newly ...
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does it sound natural?

"I'm British" I told the police I was British I told the police I am British In the following situation "was" sounds more natural. Then the police arrived... I told them I was ...

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