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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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Are all auxiliary verbs aspectual auxilaries?

I have two questions. 1) Are all auxiliary verbs always aspectual since they seem to indicate a tense-aspect? 2) Been, the past participle of the verb "be", indicates a tense-aspect too, as in He ...
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Shakespeare was/is an English poet?

Why, the past tense verb, was is used to mention that he was an English poet? I agree that he is not alive now. But I am so much confused about this usage. Let me explain in detail. Assume that I am ...
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Verb tense/placement in an appositive/participle phrase

I'm having trouble with verb tense/placement in an appositive/participle phrase. Which of these is correct: (1) Jane wrote a letter to the restaurant, complaining about the new menu. (2) Jane, ...
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How would an actor talk about the character he played in a movie some 10 years ago? [closed]

If an actor is giving an interview and he starts talking about a character he played some time ago. Then what tense would he use to talk about the character? Would he say: That was an amazing ...
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Question version of Must have

Read below a sentence She must have gone. I know it's a conclusion and it represents a past action, but if I want to convert it into a question, What should I say out of the following? : (1) ...
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“she was gone” vs “she had gone”

I know when Past perfect, and when two past verbs are used in a sentence. according to what I have read, when two actions or events have taken place in rapid succession, we use two verbs in the past ...
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Simple present vs simple future which one is correct in the below context

I usually say, The next flight will be at 7AM tomorrow, but I read a similar sentence in a book which goes like this, The next flight is at 7:00 tomorrow morning. I just want to know which one is ...
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Tenses in sentences with more than two verbs

I´ve spent a fortune on swimming lessons. Next month I will have been training for three years and I don´t think I _______________(can) dive successfully when I go to Mexico this summer. If I thought ...
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Do native speakers know the tenses?

Present simple, past continuous, future perfect, present perfect continuous etc. These terms are used when English is taught to foreigners. All of them are from quite a neat chart 3×4 of tenses, which ...
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The proper way to express verb phrase tense

I'm trying to use correct grammar (in source code comments). Are any incorrect, or is one "more correct" than any of the others? for when an exception occurs after WriteContact, which normally takes ...
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What are the correct sentences? 'Since' with present simple and present perfect [closed]

a) It is ages since we went to the cinema. b) It has been ages since we went to the cinema. c) We haven’t been to the cinema for ages. I think b and c are correct. Am I right?
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Tense with since/for when the action is already over

I've got a question concerning the correct tense with since/for in the second example - should it be simple past or present perfect simple? 1) Action started in the past and is STILL going on: ...
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Shakespeare Use of present tense narrating a past action [closed]

in Macbeth, Acte III -scene 6, In this portion of the scene: «  Lennox- Sent he to Macduff? Lord - He did, and with an absolute 'Sir, not I,' The cloudy messenger turns me his back, ...
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By the [point in time] + past simple / past continuous / past perfect

I've come across two sentences in "My Grammar Lab Advanced" that I found really confusing and made me want to reevaulate my understanding of the expression "by the + point in time" used in conjuction ...
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Having been plus present participle

Is the sentence construction below correct? 'Having been helping out their parents often with the farm in their villages since childhood gives them the farming experience.' Thanks
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Choosing a tense with word before

Both Present Perfect and Past Perfect can be used with before. A. I have done that before, but I don't know what I have done wrong now. B. I had done that before, but I don't know what I have done ...
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Sequence of tensese question [duplicate]

I can't decide whether these two sentences are both gramatically correct : He told me that he still feels young. He told me that he still felt young.
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Can we use past simple and past perfect tense at the same time in a sentence? [closed]

Which one is correct? I have missed the bus and then, I also missed the plane. I have missed the bus and then, I also have missed the plane.
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Correct usage of preterit and past perfect

I struggle to understand how to use correctly some tense. Talking about a past situation, which of these is correct? 1a) I had left the lights on, in case he had woken up. or 1b) I had left ...
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“mind having/doing something” - verb tense

"Would you mind having a look?" - I got into an argument over whether this sentence is in the Present Simple or Continuous. I would like to put this to rest.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct

As soon as he noticed that he had made a mistake, he informed his boss about it. I mean for the past perfect tense, we have here 3 actions (verbs) in the past. are the verbs' tense grammatically ...
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Verb Tenses and Auxiliary Verbs

Our train leaves at four-thirty tomorrow morning. This is probably a simple problem, but I am having difficultly finding a source that answers my specific question. I am having some trouble ...
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Verb-tense agreement: I thought it had something to do with how you looked that day

I've had trouble with verb-tense agreement since day one of English learning. According to a lot of native speakers who have addressed this subject on several English forums, when the tenses in a ...
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Confused about past tense

Non-native speaker here, I'm confused with the usage of past tense in English. For example when someone say 'World War 3 didn't happen', why the word 'did' is used here? In my understanding, past ...
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“Fixed the crashing issue that occured when… was saved…” vs. “Fixed the the crashing issue that occurs when… is saved..”

In the case outlined above where the issue has already been fixed, hence it no longer is an issue, what is the correct verb tense for the ‘that’ clause that describes the issue itself?? I personally ...
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Which one of the following is correct grammatically?

I came across a question in which I'm a little confused. 1)she blamed us for the dispute, especially you and me. 2)she has blamed us for the dispute, especially you and me. 3)she blamed us for the ...
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What's the correct present passive form of “to lead”? [closed]

There are plenty of examples of the present active form ("Dave leads the team") and the past tense ("Dave led the team"), though I can't find any which clarify the spelling when phrased as "The team, ...
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Past and present tense can use in one sentence? [closed]

If I describe the people that I know in the past are special and still friends now, can I write it like this: Every person that I meet is unique. I treasure the people that I have met, and trust is ...
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What tense and sentence structure is used?

Below line is an excerpt from The Hindu newspaper. Many have been quick to conclude that it was his strong anti-Russia position that led to Rex Tillerson's dismissal as U.S. Secretary of state by ...
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Sara has lived in Paris [closed]

I don't understand. What does the sentence mean? Is she still living in Paris or has she moved out?
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perfect continuous conditional tense doubt

"I just wanted for you to come back home when you would have been ready." I wonder if the sentence above is correct. I have some doubts about the tense after "when". Thanks for the help!
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“I thought about how this machine works/worked.” (confusion about past vs. present)

I'm not certain about which tense to use in this sentence: "I thought about how this machine _____." (This is coming from a scenario where I had previously used the machine and started to think about ...
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Usage of Past Perfect Tense

By way of introduction, he said that when he was younger he had worked for a construction company. Hello, In this sentence, I would like to know why past perfect tense is used for "he had worked". ...
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Can present tense be used without an adverb like “usually” or “always” when describing a habit?

I understand we use the present tense when we describe habits. "My dog always sleeps under the bed." "It usually sits on the sofa." Does it make sense if I leave 'always' and 'usually' out? as in ...
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past or present tense?

What if a sentence was specific to a time frame in the past, but still applies today as well. How should I go about it in formal academic writing? Between December 2016 and September 2017, the ...
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Past Continuous Tense and Past Perfect Continuous Tense

I had been explaining him for three hours but he didn't understand me or I was explaining him for three hours but he didn't understand me
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“I have you returning the car.”

Context: Top Notch 2 Conversation: Agent: I have you returning the car on August 14th here at the airport. Renter: Yes. That's correct. I am puzzled by this sentence in a conversation ...
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Correct use of past tense of the verb to sit [duplicate]

Am I being a bit old fashioned, or righteously angered at the incorrect use of : I was sat (instead of I was sitting) and I was stood (instead of I was standing) Frequently heard on radio and ...
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“If the input is alphanumeric characters…” or “If the input are alphanumeric characters…”

Seeing how the subject of the sentence "input" is singular I initially opted for "If the input is alphanumeric characters..." but it sounds a bit strange. Could someone explain which are the rules ...
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Can tomorrow be the subject of a sentence with a past tense verb?

Tomorrow was the annual harvest fair -- the biggest event of the year.
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Is there any relationship between time and tense?

The grammatical term 'tense' is defined in Oxford as follows: A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time (and sometimes also the continuance or completeness) of the action in relation to ...
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Simple past or past perfect-story

I have a question. I'm currently writing a story and I'm using the simple past as my main tense. However, I'm not sure if I should use the past simple or past perfect when I describe events that ...
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what is the correct usage of tense [closed]

I ____ for delhi next week ? 1 leave 2 have been leaving 3.had left 4 are leaving
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Difference between have been + ing and ed

What is the difference between following sentences, which is correct to express the present situation (I am into GRM) I have been associated with GRM I have been associating with GRM
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Past simple or Past Continuous?

I was having a debate with my classmate the other day about this one grammar exercise. We had to use add a phrasal verb in the blank space in the following sentence (and put it in the right tense): ...
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“Claim has received” or “was received”? [closed]

I am a medical claim collector. So most of the time I'm making calls to insurance companies and make notes. I used to write my comment as "The claim has received on 01.01.2018" but yesterday my ...
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If one refers to a past reference to a fact, what should the tense in the reference be? [duplicate]

Suppose I wish to refer in the past tense to a non-temporal fact or one that continues to obtain.With regard to the first, would I say that a person said that a tomato is not a vegetable but a fruit? ...
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Past perfect or not

I have a question about the past perfect. A mother was charged guilty unless at least one person had witnessed that she had given birth or unless the accused could prove that she had made ...
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Mixing tenses and talking about the past of an imaginary discussion

I posted this question on English Learner Stack, too, but I didn't get an official answer(maybe it is because my question is kind of a complex one.) This question is relative to a topic I posted last ...
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Is there any difference in these three sentences? [closed]

I will buy a car tomorrow I'm gonna buy a car tomorrow I'm buying a car tomorrow I know there are three ways to express future in English. In my knowledge, first one can be used when you ...