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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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Which tense of toward should I use? [duplicate]

Would I write this statement this way? Would it be toward or towards? "The puzzle piece shows how we fit together, working toward(s) a common goal."
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Waitress asks question with different tense

Suppose a scenario that I want to have dinner in a restaurant, when I come into the restaurant, a waitress asks me the question whether I have a reservation. The way of asking can be as follows: 1) ...
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Past continuous in a subjunctive mood sentence

I was doing some reviewing of the subjunctive mood when I stumbled on this: In the that-clause, use a past tense form of the verb even if your sentence has a present or future meaning: I ...
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“my email ID has changed” vs “my emil ID is/has been changed”

I want to ask one thing. Sometimes we hear people say my email ID has changed. As per my understanding present perfect tenses need a subject which is missing above. I find these sentences little ...
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Which tense should these sentences be? [closed]

Whatever has happened recently even just for a second ago that was the past And Whatever has happened recently even just for a second ago that is the past
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Grammar, pronounce and tense concerns [duplicate]

I would like to ask how should the following sentences be structured in a correct way from a grammatical and tense( I am referring to past actions) point of view: ''Over the years, my fascination ...
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How to use 'be' verbs, word 'be'? [duplicate]

Randomly I texted my teacher regarding tuition fee which I transferred through the bank. The text was: Money transferred, but I feel some wrong in this text and observed keenly and I found that the ...
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How to properly refer to a person who had changed their name in the past tense?

A person changed her name from A to B. "My 6th grade English teacher was A" sounds right, but when I alter the sentence structure to "B was my 6th grade English teacher" it sounds right. These are ...
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What are the advantages of having different word forms for different tenses?

I'm always wondering this question: what benefits can people get from using different forms of words in different contexts? For example: We say "he learns English" instead of "he learn English" but ...
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We have come too far or we have came too far?

Which is correct? "It has to be end here. We have come too far" is it correct? Or it should be came?
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Are these two sentences grammatically correct?

Assumption: Samantha is not living in Berlin anymore. (Wasn't mentioned) Fact: The Berlin wall came down in the year 1989. 'Samantha lived in Berlin for more than two years. In fact, she was living ...
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What to use after “should be”? [closed]

Is it compulsory to use verb+ing with "should be"? Or can I use should be+verb+ed? My example - "something good should be reviewed" is it correct? Or "good movies should be reviewed"
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could get vs could've gotten

Is there any difference between could get and could've gotten? Obviously, "could get" can be used for future, hypothetical situations, but I can't see what the difference is, if any, between the two ...
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Why didn't you tell me you spoke or speak English? [duplicate]

I watched an interview and an interviewer was surprised that a guy who was interviewed by him can speak English and he said Why did't you tell me you spoke English ? Why did he use the past tense?...
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Correct tense of verb in passive voice sentence

I have written the sentence One difficulty when performing a numerical integral arises when one does not know the exact function being used (for example, in signal processing), but is instead ...
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Keeping a sentence in the same tense [duplicate]

What is the general rule behind mixing tenses in sentences such as this: "He said he was hungry" versus "He said he is hungry" My colleague thinks you can't say the latter because "said" and "is" ...
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What is the difference between the meaning of these two sentences and which one is the correct usage?

"He jumped off the train while it had been running" "He jumped off the train while it was running"
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Introductory clause with a question

Please help me solve this. Why would him saying, "She is ugly," offend John? or Why would he saying, "She is ugly," offend John?
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Are both the “future perfect” and “future perfect continuous” used in everyday conversations?

I would like to know if native English speakers use these tenses in daily conversations. Or, perhaps, it's mostly used as formally? Thanks in advance.
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Tense choice for “being cheated on”

I'm Japanese studying English. Am I interpreting each sentences below correctly? She will claim she'll be cheated on. (She will say "I'm cheated on now.") She will claim she is cheated on. (She will ...
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“What does this achieve?” vs “What will this achieve?”

Are there any differences between "What does this achieve?" and "What will this achieve?" Do both sound like questioning "this"? That is, do they sound negative?
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“…is checked if it is…” [closed]

I'm writing a scientific thesis in English but I'm not a native speaker. I think this sentence is correct, but I am not sure (that's why I ask this here rather than in "Writing") and I think it does ...
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Is the action “had ever” understandable

What is the correct use "had ever" or "have never" tried it? Are both acceptable? The quote my question comes from is, "Marijuana use seems to be hovering, with about 36 percent of students saying ...
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Verb form after “when” referring to the future

You would have to be very upset with her not to answer the phone when she calls/called you. Is it "calls" or "called"? From what I gather, it can be either (or at least, I've seen both verb forms ...
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A question about usages of 2 tenses

First of all, English is not my native language. My question is about this sentence: "Hakan passes to Cihan and Cihan shoots__and it’s a goal!" Let's say that a presenter is saying this during ...
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What's the difference between “I've just <verbed>” and “I just <verbed>” [closed]

What's the difference between "I have just started working on something..." And "I just started working on something..."
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What's the difference between say “I started working” vs “I started to work” [duplicate]

Simple question What's the difference between someone say "I started working on something..." And "I started to work on something..."
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“Yes, I did” vs “Yes, I have” - Answering with SP when the question is in PP

I was wondering about this for a while now - If I ask someone - "Have you done your HW?" Is the answer must be in perfect or can one answer "yes, I did". "Yes, I have" sounds better to me, but I ...
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past perfect or past simple after the conjunction 'since' [duplicate]

I have a question about tense in a sentence that includes the conjunction 'since'. Mostly, 'since' is used with present perfect and past tense as in the sentence(a) below. (a) Mr.Koo wants to ...
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Is it past tense or present tense after the word “could”?

There is yet a law that regulates it, which then could backfire and put him in danger. There is yet a law that regulates it, which then could backfired and put him in danger.
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Whom and who in the same sentence

I'm struggling to wrap my brain around this and would appreciate some advice please. Are there situations where it is appropriate to use Who immediately after Whom? Here's my example from a story I'...
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Is it correct to use the verbs “want and understand” with present and past progressive?

It is very common to avoid using verbs such as 'want' and 'understand' with an -ing form. But l came across the following constructions: I'm 'understanding' French a lot better now. How many eggs ...
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Proverb: “A new broom sweeps clean”

When this quote is used in a past tense passage, do we need to use past tense like "A new broom swept clean" ? Or can it stay as "A new broom sweeps clean"? In this case, do we want to use open ...
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'talking about' vs 'talk about'

I came across the following sentence on the internet: "When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either have or have got." Is ...
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“Should have been” in Future II and Past

I'm trying to express, that at some point in the future something should have been removed from a collection, after a certain event has happened. The exact sentence, I used for this is (it's about ...
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I have problem to make this sentence

We have an architectural association named IDER. Our city is named Sirjan. So, how should I bring them together? Is it true to say," IDER's architectural association of Sirjan."?
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The estimated length of a future event is / will be … (tense)?

Say, I am travelling in Thailand next month, and I estimate that it will take me 1 week for the travel. What tense should I use to describe the estimated length of the travel : "The estimated length ...
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What kind of verb tense is this? And is the grammar correct? [closed]

I always wake up earlier than most folks do. There were times when I would go to bed really late then would wake upset the next morning realizing I only slept for 4 hours.
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got to know / have got to know

I want to say something like I got to know this person, but I'd like to say it using Present Perfect. --> I have got to know this person. But wouldn't it be confusing? I mean, it can be understood as ...
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Which verb form do I use for a future action?

Which sentence below is correct? “I’m going to open up a store when I grow up, and so is my brother.” “I’m going to open up a store when I grow up, and so will my brother.” If both are correct, ...
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Describing facts in a story written in present tense

Could anybody tell me which is more appropriate? "A day in Titan is about 383 earth hours" or "A day in Titan was about 383 earth hours" when these words are used to describe the setting of the ...
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What is the correct past-tense of flat & sharp in music?

Which is correct: A flatted B note was added ..., or A flattened B note was added ...? Likewise, would "A sharpened [or sharped] C introduces chromatic passing note ..." Thanks.
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Why is 'the present simple tense' instead of 'present progressive tense'?

During demonetization in India, I saw on the television that 'people are waiting in a queue for money'. But in that real-time event, the news headline appeared on television as 'People wait in a queue'...
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Tenses to use when writing minutes

I understand that you must use past tense when writing minutes. However, there are some instances when I am not sure if past tense should be used as it would either change the meaning of the sentence ...
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Past perfect simple - strange usage

By definition, past perfect simple tense "expresses an action taking place before a certain time in the past". I have a hard time to understand why Terry Pratchett used it in the sentence: "The ...
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using past tense for the future - is it correct?

In the show Westworld, Anthony Hopkins uses this structure, as: As soon as Dr.Ford left the room, he would put an end to this nightmare. now the question is, shouldn't the sentence be like: As ...
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Tense agreement: If I have a chance… I would

Here is the example sentence my Japanese teacher who teaches English gave to her students: If I have a chance to visit... I would like to visit... This immediately struck me as odd. My ...
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Amount of the Payment (tense) [duplicate]

Say, previously I received a payment of $100 from Party A, and NOW I am describing the amount of the payment: "The amount of the payment was $100" (past tense). Must the past tense be used? Is it ...
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Correct phrasing (tenses) of this sentence

The sentence is " I read in the preface of the book that a teacher's manual was under work at the time of the publishing of the book and should have had been available in near future. " I am ...
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Can verb tense differ between dependent an independent clauses

Is the following sentence incorrect: Glancing at the clock on the microwave, she noticed it was later than she thought. Does adding after make the sentence correct: After glancing at the clock ...