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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 is the difference between 'as if it were nothing' or 'as if 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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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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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=...
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I see vs. I can see [the usage of the instantaneous Present Simple)

From Fly High 4 by Jeanne Perrette & Charlotte Covill (suspiciously French-sounding names...) by Pearson Longman, unit 13, page 40, "They went through town": "I can see Claudia and Magnus," ...
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Had never had/never had - past perfect vs simple past

This would probably be considered a duplicate, but I looked at the other similar questions and still can't figure out what to do in this instance. Would simple past or past perfect be better here? ...
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What tense should I use, present or past?

I was wondering if I am describing my feelings towards an event happened in the past in my diary, should I use past or present tense? " I think this is an exciting activity." OR " I think this was an ...
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What tense is this? “to be + to verb”

For example, "If we are to achieve our objectives..." or "What is to be done?" What tense is this? In my understanding, we're talking about the future, but it's a weird sort of "tense" I haven't ...
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A Tense Question ;) Pun intended

Medical professionals are worried that too many general practitioners are overprescribing them, which will cause bacteria to build up a resistance. Or Medical professionals are worried that ...
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Usage of Future tense will and to be + ing-form

Could anyone please explain the usage of the future tense 'will' and 'to be +ing-form'? Is it correct to say 'I will clean the kitchen right now.' (I am about to do something in the very near future) ...
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previously was/had been

So I asked a question that I knew I had asked a long time ago and actually made me think... "Am I the only one whose program went back to how it previously was or not?" The aforementioned quotation ...
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(verb)ing and (verb)ing with “show”

This is easiest to explain with examples: Examples 1a: Shouting and cursing shows that you are rude. 1b: Shouting and cursing show that you are rude. 2a: Hitting the target and splitting the arrow ...
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Meaning of present tense

Two questions here. 1) A (high quality and honest) citizen journalist wrote a report on JAN 30, "Yesterday Police announced they were investigating the death as a suicide. The wife of the victim is ...
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She looks like someone I wouldn't want to be friends with. Vs She looks like someone I won't be friends with

What's the difference between these two sentences. She looks like someone I wouldn't want to be friends with. 2.She looks like someone I won't be friends with.
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I will see you when I WAS at home?

Is it correct to say "I will see you when I was at home"? Or "I will see you when I am at home"? I am a little confused about the thing will happen in the future. Thanks!
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Past or present tense in the clause of an -ing structure?

I have a question that, as the title suggests, relates to tense agreement between an -ing phrase and its subordinate clause. I have seen other similar questions, such as present/past tense in a ...
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Is it grammatically correct to “predict” something from the past?

For example, would "I predict how the Mayans lived for a daily living" be correct?
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Can you use future tense and switch to present in the same sentence?

As in: Occasionally, he will spontaneously generate the sentences on his own and sometimes uses, "May I have."