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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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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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 ...
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Past Continuous Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous Tense

In the following sentences, which of the expressions in bold is correcet? Why is the other one not correct? How does the meaning change with each one? My parents got engaged in 1990. They had ...
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has changed or had changed or was changed?

If I want to say Let's check if the entry ____, and do this and that if so. which one should I use? has changed had changed was changed has been changed And an explanation would be great!
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Is “helped paved” construction correct? (It's very prevalent—perhaps it's dated?)

I am proofreading a text with the following sentence: "By the time Henry died, he had helped paved the way for the future of economics." If "helped paved" is incorrect (and should be "helped pave" ...
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Tenses query Past Tense [closed]

In the sentence "I was awake", why is it 'awake' and not 'awoke' since it is a simple past tense sentence?
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The conference started tomorrow

I heard when someone told "The conference started tomorrow" so my question is: is it correct grammatical and acceptible? If yes when I can use it?
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Can “wash” be a state verb? [closed]

I read in a book that we can make a dynamic verb into a state verb by using an adverb in the present simple tense. Dynamic I'm washing my clothes now. State I wash my clothes every day. Is that ...
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What kind of tense is being used in this sentence?

What kind of tense is being used in this sentence? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
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Modal verbs' tense consistency

I have a question concerning tense consistency of modals which don't have the past form like (will/would). Do we put these modals in the past tense (perfect) if the surrounding verbs are in the past ...
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The future perfect continuous - prediction what was happening in the past

Here it says that the Future Perfect Continuous can be also used to predict what was happening in the past. “What do you think the men were doing in the store room?” “Don’t worry. They will have ...
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Past Perfect Continuous vs. Past Perfect

I took a grammatical quiz and chose 'had been spending' answer. It turned out to be the wrong answer. May you explain why not the continuous form? John _______ (to spends) 3 years in Pakistan ...
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Are these sentences gramatically correct?

When we do homework, we focus on vocabulary When we do homework, we will focus on vocabulary When we are doing homework, we focus on vocabulary when we are doing homework, we will focus ...
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Is it correct to say “proud of having met you”, or should it be “proud to have met”?

Is it correct to say "I have proud of having met both of you" I am proud of having met both of you. (past present?) I am proud to have met both of you. (present perfect?) What does the first one ...
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Are my verb tenses correct?

“Never have I imagined that the day will come when my dad and I have a coherent conversation on electricity related topics.”
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The difference between '' It is … '' and '' Is does be … ''

1 John: Does the fax machine be used any more ? Mary: Yes, it does be used on occasion. 2 John: Is the fax machine used any more? Mary: Yes, it is used on occasion. . Are these different tenses ...
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to + present tense use

Is it correct to write: "Our family is dedicated to perfecting the art of pizza cooking" Instead of the canonical: "Our family is dedicated to perfect the art of pizza cooking" I think I read the ...
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Verb tense for discussing both an historical author and their writings

Is there a general rule of thumb for how to use verb tenses when doing, for example, a literature review for how an idea is treated across history? For example, I'm proof-reading a paper for a friend,...
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I thought + tense

If my friends arrange a dinner at my place at 8pm but they come at 7, can I say "I thought you had said you would come at 8" or should I use the past simple "I thought you said you would come at 8" ...
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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."