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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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What are the tenses in this sentence?

I'd like to break this sentence down to its components and their tenses, but I'm struggling. How would you explain it? “I think we thought it would be easier” Thanks!
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He wished he would have met her

I do know that the much better construction is "he wished he had met her a year before", but is the construction "he wished he would have met her a year before" acceptable?
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using would + have to in non-conditional sentences

Which timeline (past vs present vs future) does this sentence indicate? Project managers would have to organize copywriters, editors, and designers as well as feedback from clients or other ...
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“was employed at” vs “had been employed at”

I am providing an "employment verification letter" to one of my past employees. He worked at my company from Oct, 2008 till Jan 2017. Which one of the following is correct? 1) He was employed at XYZ ...
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The film was disappointing. I expected it to be much better. OR The film wasn't as good as we had expected

I was reading the book Intermediate English Grammar by Raymond Murphy, and I found these two examples in the same unit. The film was disappointing. I expected it to be much better. The film ...
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“He is not so cool like the girl thought he is”, Is this a grammatically correct sentence?

I came across following sentence when watching a youtube video, probably spoken by a native english speaker. He is not so cool like the girl thought he is. Is this a grammatically correct sentence?...
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Does “Verb to be” imply something?

This is.... blah blah. They shocked and angered, when the people sought to deprive them. compare to this This is.... blah blah. They are shocked and angered, when the people sought to deprive them....
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“is increased” or “was increased”

Ok, so I'm confused right now. So basically I'm trying to write a statement that occurs when a condition is applied. Which one is correct? "When the temperature is increased, the production ...
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When something should happen in future, but it is expressed in present tense [migrated]

I am a little bit confused and not a native speaker. When something should happen in the future (e.g. if you set yourself a goal), but you state it like it has already happened. How do you call this ...
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“I saw him run” — Why doesn't this require the past tense of “run”?

In a sentence like, "I saw him run," what is the rule that explains why "run" is in the present tense when "saw" is in the past tense? A similar construction, "She said he swam," requires past tense ...
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Would you say “these remain challenging” or “these remained challenging”?

The sentence is While this revision helped, these mechanisms remained challenging to consistently judge I am not sure what tense we should be using in this case?
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What is verb tense consistency?

"To his great astonishment and mortification, Sticky saw his parents begin trying less and less to find him, instead devoting their time and energy toward the proper disposal of their newfound riches" ...
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What time are we talking about in “She’ll have bought a new mobile/cellphone yesterday”?

I encountered this sentence when I was learning another language. I have never used such a sentence in English nor seen one, but it seems it exists. What idea does this sentence trying to convey? ...
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What is the correct tense to use in a scientific abstract?

In an abstract of a paper, what are the most correct verb tenses for sentences such as: In this paper, we present/have presented... Experiments show/have shown/showed... ? I would go with present ...
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Present Perfect Continuous - Visualization of tense [closed]

I have found a picture with visualization of various tenses and I can't understand why "I have been eating" doesn't reach Right now time because as I understand that tense means that action was ...
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Tense of the word [migrated]

The manager ____(feel) the need to ___(train) his team on e-mail etiquette since last may. Will it be felt or feels?.. and why?
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Will/would be able to

My friend: I am ready to go to any country in the world if there's a treatment. Me: There's a hospital in the US – they WOULD/WILL be able to treat this. What's the difference between WOULD BE and ...
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Is my usage of 'had been' correct?

I am writing a story in first person singular past tense...Is the following usage of 'had been' in the sentence correct. Canab was a massively multiplayer online game designed and developed by ...
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Is it common usage to sign off or end a show with the present perfect tense?

I recently watched stand up comedian Ali Wong's Netflix special, Baby Cobra, and she ended her set by saying, "Alright, I've been Ali Wong, thank you!" I've never encountered the present perfect ...
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Problems with perfect tenses [migrated]

I have some problems with Present Perfect tenses. I often see in movies or in books where 2 characters are talking about situation that take place right now. When they see the result, instead of using ...
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Double present perfect in a compound sentence [closed]

I have two questions concerning the use of the present perfect tense twice in a compound sentence: a. He has accused John of the crime and provided evidence for it. b. He has accused John of ...
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Has had vs had a surgery/operation [duplicate]

Can someone please clarify the difference between has had and had? For example: Everyone on this ward [had | has had] [a surgery | an operation]. Almost every patient on this ward [had | has had] a ...
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“Still did” versus “still do” [closed]

I understand that "did" is past tense and "do" is present tense, but if you see a video of someone dancing a strange dance online, what is more correct to say: "I didn't realize people still did this....
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Will vs going to with a personal skill [duplicate]

Lately, we had our finals and a question popped up in that went like this: Liverpool players are known to be skilled. They ...... The match easily. The choices were: "will win" or "are going to win" ...
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Is it ok to use Present Progressive in this construction?

Recently l came across the following construction: The river which is afflicted with black lobsters is losing its fish soon. I am wondering why the writer used 'is losing' instead of the more ...
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why the simple past tense (instead of past perfect) is used to describe something that happened before another in the past

I know that the past perfect tense is used when an event happened before another in the past. But the following paragraphs (from And the Mountains Echoed) use both past perfect and simple past to ...
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Tenses to pair with participial phrases

I am teaching about participial phrases these days, and all examples I am able to find online have the phrases paired with simple tenses. For example: Removing his glasses, Kent Clark quickly put ...
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Using “once upon a time” in a present tense sentence?

I work in a company that sells simple children's books. A customer complained that the book changes tense randomly, and they're right. This book was created years ago and needs updating to ensure it ...
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Which of the following sentences sounds most formal? [closed]

1 - The president travels to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 2 The president is going to travel to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 3 The president is traveling to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 4 The president will ...
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Why do American people use simple past instead of present perfect with “ever”? [duplicate]

I would say British English seems to adhere to English grammar books that I learned in school more than American English. For example, I was taught that we use present perfect with "ever" because the ...
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'When you say you 'did XYZ', could you tell me more?' - What tense is this?

As a poor example: Person A: 'I really liked cats when I was a child.' Person B: 'When you say you "liked cats", could you tell me more?' Person A: 'Blah blah.' I'm really wondering about the tense ...
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“has” versus “have” after the preposition “of”

In the sentences A copy of your documents has been emailed to you@gmail.com. A copy of your documents have been emailed to you@gmail.com. I believe the subject is "copy", and since "has" ...
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Mixing Simple past tense with inferred continuous past in a sentence

Johanan glanced across the table to where Alitha sat, glowering back at him. Is this (mixing simple past tense with inferred continuous past in a sentence) valid usage? My editor says no and wanted ...
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conditionals: what's the difference between these two sentenses?

There is a sentence in a paragraph from the novel And the Mountains Echoed: "But these were gestures, Abdullah knew, acts of duty, drawn from a well far shallower than the one she reached into for ...
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present perfect tense and past perfect tense

I read some discussions about the present perfect tense and past perfect tense on the forum. But I still feel confused about the following sentence which I saw in a magazine: "One of the most ...
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How to discern between 'set' imperative and 'set' past tense?

I have a telegram convention, where whenever an action must be taken, it uses a verb in its name. I then use the imperative for the request and past tense for the reply, e.g.: orderStart to start an ...
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Past participle adjective usage in documentation registers

Very often when documenting data I am confronted with the following dilemma: Should I use the past tense or the present tense to describe processes by which the data are defined? E.g. I might say “...
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What is the difference between “I afraid” and “I am afraid”?

I came across these two sentences below: I am afraid the watch has been stolen. I afraid the killer escaped from the jail. What is the difference between "I afraid" and "I am afraid"? By ...
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Can I really get scrod?

There's a family of jokes where Person A asks where he can "get scrod" (meaning the fish), and Person B interprets "scrod" as being some obscure conjugation of the verb "to screw". Has "scrod" ever ...
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To be+past participal

I always get confused by this sentence structure 'to be+past participal' what does that mean- present perfect or future. Like in this sentence 'results to be declared by the college'. Results are ...
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has always been V.S. is always

Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our mission has, really, always been to connect the world." My questions is: Can we say "Our mission is, really, always to connect the world"? What's the difference between "...
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tenses: what's the difference between the following sentences

I am reading a novel named Thirteen Reasons Why. And there is a sentence (And that's when I realized how hard I had been crying) in a paragraph as follows: When someone finally did answer, I sucked ...
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“I saw the girl, who is standing outside our house”

I was having a conversation with my mom about this one sentence. Which option is grammatically correct? a) I saw the girl who is standing outside our house b) I saw the girl who was standing ...
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Present Simple or Past Simple

Which is more common for native speakers to use in the following construction, present or past? She is really a good friend and she never 'fails/failed' to send me a letter each month.
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Talking about feelings of a past event

I am confused about the use of tenses in describing an event in the past. I went to a Funfair and I played several games. (a) My favorite game is Ring toss. I like tossing the rings to the cones. ...
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Choice between past tense and present tense? [duplicate]

Todd is asking Dan about his concept of slow travel. The below is part of Dan's reply. Yeah, I mean especially maybe because I'm a blogger, we're always seeking to define things in unique ways. ...
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Future tense or future perfect tense, which one should be used in this sentence?

by 2050, time travel .... possible. a) will be b) will have been which answer is correct? is it wrong to use "will be" in that case?
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Simple past or past perfect in a subordinate phrase? [closed]

Should I use the simple past or the past perfect when describing an antecedent to a past event? For example: Laura passed her exam because she studied very hard Laura passed her exam because she had ...
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Mixed tenses (present & past) [closed]

I am really upset now, experts. I said there were two acceptable answers to the following, but my superiors said there was only one. Below is the question. I really wanted to talk to him in person, ...
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must have washed downstream VS must have been washed downstream

There are two hikers hiking near a stream. One of them seeing it in says: Look! A miner's old pack and gear! Must have washed downstream! My question is: Is it just a simple passive voice sentence ...