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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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Present Perfect and Reichenbach's model of tense

I recently came across the following construction in some documentation I was reading: This document describes a solution that has been applied during the migration. To me, this seemed utterly ...
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What is the tense of shared in “when shared?”

Consider the sentence "Everything is better when shared with friends." What is the tense of "shared" in this context? It confuses me because the sentence implies that the sharing has not yet happened,...
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Second conditional

Should it be past tense all throughout when writing hypothetical sentences? If I were you, I wouldn’t listen to people who were saying bad things about me. If I could interview Angelina, I ...
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Tenses with regards to leave / holiday / vacation absence

I have a question based upon the information below: 1) today's date: 21 Feb 2) Jane (someone in some office) takes leave from 1 Feb to 31 Mar (2 months) My question: If someone is looking for Jane ...
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AAVE grammar: Difference between “continue to/keep on” vs “steady”

For those who are speakers of AAVE or those who are relatively learned in this area, could someone explain to me the context in which one would use "steady" as an aspectual marker, and its difference ...
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Which tense is correct? Or are they both correct? [closed]

The last few meetings HAVE BEEN good. The last few meetings WERE good.
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“This chapter describes” or “This chapter WILL describe?”

My question is about the use of the present or future tense when describing what the current project being written does/will do: Should it be "This thesis will investigate whether...," or "This ...
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Is it “make” or “makes” in this sentence?

Many clauses and phrases make the noun known to the listener by telling the listener which person or thing we are talking about. Can you give me the book on the table. Did you read the book ...
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Preposition usage

Should it be "the snake moved THROUGH the grass" or the snake "moved IN the grass" ?I have seen "moved in the grass" used in some places but I feel like it depends on the density of the grass. Which ...
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Which is the correct tense: “earth was/is round”? [duplicate]

Maybe it's very simple but I'm wondering which one is correct. Google search has showed me both forms are used. "He said the earth was round." "He said the earth is round."
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Why use “would have to” in the past tense?

I was watching Bird Box and there was a sentence I didn't quite understand which was this: They took us outside and they forced our eyes open so that we would have to look at the creatures. He was ...
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I need your help with the sentence [closed]

How are you liking your stay in Berlin? - Is this sentence correct? or it should be: How do you like your stay in Berlin?
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“it was my dream since childhood” vs “it has been my dream since childhood”

i am not a native English and have a problem for understanding grammar. Is the sentence bellow (A), explain that i am no longer have dream/ same dream after childhood? and is there any possibility ...
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Are both sentences correct? “He is sleeping now.” and “He sleeps now.”

If so, is there any difference in meaning and the field of use? Can "He sleeps now." be considered grammatically wrong?
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How to talk about actions with repetition in the past?

One way to talk about the actions that one commonly did in the past is using the modal "would". Now if I do not want to use it, how I can say my story. For example, When I was a lecturer, I go to ...
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Correct verb tense?

I am writing a story in the present tense, and I want to say: 'I set my back straight, my chin up, and walk onwards; as if I know where I am and what I am doing here. Is it correct? The second ...
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changes from when clause to if clause

When I am ill, I go to the doctor. If I am ill, I will go to the doctor. If I am ill, I go to the doctor. Which is correct?
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Grammatical explanation for the different use of ‘continue’ and ‘continues’

My Vietnamese friend was signing a wedding card and wrote, “I hope your love continue to grow”. I pointed out that she should have said ”continues to grow”. She replied that someone else wrote, “May ...
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What tense do I use for different actions in the past for dead people?

I want to refer to 2 kids and draw some parallelisms. John is alive now. Mark is dead. John lives in New York. "Mark LIVED in New York" or "Mark USED TO LIVE in New York". John likes to play soccer....
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Is it correct to say “I wished I had learnt something somehow”

Is it correct to say "I wished I had learnt something somehow"|| Is there a better way to say it in few words ?? (After much practicing I felt I was not getting good at a skill, so, in my childhood ...
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have done something at one specific point in the future [closed]

I'm wondering whether this is grammatically correct? I'll do something when I have done something else have done something else hasn't happened and will be some time in the future
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Past Perfect Tense Used Instead of Past Simple in 'The Kite Runner'

I'm currently reading 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, and notice that in some place in the book, i can't really comprehend the use of past perfect tense instead of simple past tense. Consider ...
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Tense switching when describing an action

What is it called when the tense switches in the middle of a clause? “But, sir,” said Harry, making valiant efforts not to sound argumentative, “it all comes to the same thing, doesn't it? I've got ...
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Tense problem. Retelling a story and asking questions

I am reading a story and I need to retell it and then to ask some questions about the plot. So I don’t know what tense I should use. The author himself switches from Present Simple/Continuous to Past ...
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Present continuous or present simple with a passive form?

I´m having some trouble with the following sentence: "Foundations like the Siemens Foundation, Bertelsmann Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation and Telekom Foundation are strongly participating in the ...
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What grammatical construction is it?

I would like to ask, what grammatical construction was used in the sentence below. She had a test tomorrow, but she was getting nowhere. I just do not understand this at all. It looks a little ...
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Tense/construction of verb following 'looked at'

For example, in a sentence like 'he looked at his enemy....(use the verb fall)', would one say falling or fall? I feel like if the sentence was watched, it would be fall, but now for this construction ...
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“My probation ends this Friday.” What tense to use and why?

What tense is correct to use? My probation ends this Friday. My probation is ending this Friday. My probation will end this Friday. Thanks.
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Progressive Form of Be and Lately in Present Continuous

Firstly, is the following sentence correct? My brother is being unusually nervous lately. If correct, how is being nervous behavior? We usually use the progressive of be to describe a behavior or an ...
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Is correct to say “solutions published tomorrow”

Yesterday I got "The Telehraph" newspaper and was examining the puzzles section when caught a sentence: "Solutions published tomorrow". Is this a correct construction? Or maybe newspaper's slang?
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past continuous, future perfect, past perfect continuous, etc - Are they useful? [closed]

I'm learning English as a ESL student. In addition, I have never been to English-speaking countries, so I couldn't learn which grammar is no more useful these days. In my memory, I haven't seen any ...
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Which is correct sentence [closed]

I am confuse on following sentence. which one is correct and why? My parents are retired or My parents were retired would appreciate if someone help me to clear this confusion. Thanks
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Tense Nuances for a Completed Action with Present Result [closed]

Would you please tell me which one is correct/incorrect and why? Ali came into the sitting room. It was empty, but the television was still on. Someone ________ it. ❶) had been watched ❷) ...
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Which tense is this sentence? [closed]

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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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 ...