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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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Is 'to learn' rare in present simple?

I keep seeing this expression a lot: I'm learning Italian, or I'm learning German. Understandably, they mean it's their recent project. But how about I learn German.? Not I study German. Learn. The ...
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A question concerning use of simple past and present perfect tense

Do you think you saw me somewhere before Or Do you think you have seen me somewhere before In my grammar books it says that the Present Perfect is never used with adverbs of past time. In such cases ...
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Can someone explain the grammar of this sentence?

Answer is 'E' but I wonder why we use past perfect contunuous in 'A'. And, Why we use past simple instead of past perfect in 'D'
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A question concerning Past Perfect Tense

I met him in London in 1996. I had seen him last five years before. This is an example given for Present Perfect Tense in my grammar book. Does the sentence mean the last time the speaker had met the ...
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What is the verb tense of the following sentence:

In the phrase: He'd been dead three years now. I totally understand the meaning, but I'm curious about the verb tense. It is like a "Past Perfect Continuous" without ing. I would like to ...
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How can I refer to today/the past when talking in future perspective? [closed]

In particular, I am confused as to which of these two sentence is correct: Your grandchildren will ask how 2020 is like Your grandchildren will ask how 2020 was like The sentence is spoken now (2020)...
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Usage of simple present tense and present continuous tense in the same sentence [migrated]

The bus was travelling much faster than usual when it went through the bridge. The bus travelled much faster than usual when it was going through the bridge. Are there any subtle differences between ...
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Tense Inconsistency (Past Simple and Present Perfect) or wrong Sequence of Tenses (Present tense follows Past tense)?

In the following sentence, the Present Perfect in the second clause sounds a little off to me, yet I cannot put my finger on WHY that is. During this time (Subord. Clause 1), I was able to gain/ I ...
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Usage of the Present Perfect Continuous

I heard this in a breezy conversation between an American and a non-native speaker carried on in a third country. The latter said: "You are American! I have been in America, in Texas, I have been ...
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This is confusing [closed]

this is my first time using this site. My question is which one is more suitable. "Each of my student has been working hard for the test". "Each of my student is working hard for the ...
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Question on tenses

Are all of the following sentences syntactically correct? I've been looking for freedom. I've always looked/sought for freedom. I was looking for freedom. I looked for freedom. What is their exact ...
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would like to have done

According to Garner's fourth edition, 'd have liked to (٭have) should be followed by a present-tense infinitive; nor is it correct 'd like to have done because the sequence of events is then off. ...
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Matter of course use of future continuous

I am unable to fully grasp the matter of course use future continuous. The explanation says; we use future continuous to talk about something which will happen, if everything happens as we expect An ...
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The tense of 'knew to be'

I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine. —...
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In the sentence“ the school begins at 9 am” why begins is used rather begin should be used? [closed]

Issues in the usage of the word "begin" and "begins" In the sentence" the school begins at 9 am" why begins is used rather begin should be used? According to Seonaid verb+...
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Present Perfect vs Simple Past

Can an American English speaker confirm whether the Simple Past tense is possible in the following sentences? I didn't have so much fun for a long time. You don't need to call him. He lost his phone....
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Correct usage of the idiom “We will cross that bridge when we come to it” [closed]

For the idiom "We will cross that bridge when we come to it", shouldn't it be "We will cross that bridge when we will come to it"? If not, please help me understand how the latter ...
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What is the difference between “What got into her” or “What has gotten into her”?

What is the difference between "What got into her" and "What has gotten into her" ?
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Need help completing this dialogue

Using the verbs say, come, and speak for the first, second, and third blanks, respectively. What tenses make sense here? Mary: I wonder what he ___________ now. Ann: Well, his girlfriend __________ ...
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Two words related to “anachronism” but having exclusive references to past and future

I'd like to identify two words related to anachronism: one having an exclusive association to past, and the other to future. According to Lexico, anachronism means: A thing belonging or appropriate ...
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What's the correct way: “Helped me go through” or “Helped me going through”?

Huge discussion here at home. My daughter insists that in her speech is correct saying: "Good friendships helped me go through tough times" Her father insists that it should say either: &...
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Present simple passive/present perfect passive

I am confused/have been confused about their usage for a long time. I have seen different people use them in different ways. From Internet searches, i have known that present simple passive is used ...
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What is the correct way to ask about something that happened some time ago?

When I took one test I had to choose between four options: a) Did you hear that he has been assigned to a new project last week? b) Have you heard that he has been assigned to a new project last week? ...
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Can I say “Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the Moon”?

I saw this sentence in my textbook. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon. I have a question. Can't I use simple present tense “Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the Moon” ...
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Using “Will” for habits

I understand that "will" can be used to describe someone's habitual actions but how do I choose when to use will or present simple to describe habits.
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“decide” with a future time expression

Sentence 1: They made a decision. Sentence 2: They will go to the park tomorrow. (tomorrow is based on now, not the time when they made the decision) How can I join them together using the verb "...
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Using past simple tense after past perfect

When X happened, I had not taken my pills because I hadn't had them with me. When X happened, I had not taken my pills because I didn't have them with me. Is the second sentence ...
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Fill in the blanks with words given within parentheses by applying appropriate tenses [migrated]

Fill in the blanks with words given within parentheses by applying appropriate tenses : Yesterday while I _________ (travel) in a bus, I _______ (happen) to see a gentleman whom at first I _______ (...
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Subjunctive Mood in Past Tense, Historical, Narratives

I have a question about use of the subjunctive in past tense narratives. The quoted passage is from Keith Thomas’s Religion and the Decline of Magic, a sort of cultural history of England in the ...
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Modal Simple vs Simple Past [duplicate]

Is there any difference between the two standalone statements below: She sat on my chair She would sit on my chair I emphasise standalone because it is clear to me what a statements such as "I knew ...
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Past Perfect with an emphasis on result of an action in the past

As we all know, one of the main ways of using the Present Perfect is describing actions which happened in the past, but are still true or have a very important result (from British Council): We use ...
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Who does not love money?

How to change this into future indefinite? I'm not completely sure about it. I have something in mind but I'm not sure if it's correct or not.
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“She does what she wants” Is this sentence correct? [migrated]

As with 'does' the 's' with verb infinitive is removed,so it should be 'want' at the end, but I am confused if 'what' changes the rule here and the sentence is correct...
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'yet' and tense of the sentence

"You try breaking that window yet?" I can't guess the exact tense of this sentence, because of 'yet'. Is it a question for someone who is trying to break the window or have tried to break it?
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The usage of the past tense of the word ‘assign’: ‘assigned’

I understand the meaning of the transitive verb assign, however, I had a question regarding the usage of the past tense of the word assign: assigned. Observe the following statement: If “a is ...
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Modal Verbs and Sequence of Tenses

Should the clause “I would/should think” be followed by another also in the past, according to the rules of tense sequence? I should think he was here [I think he is here now]. I should think the ...
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Present perfect tense and Past tense in a single sentence

I'm wondering whether consistency of tenses should apply in the following sentence: I've attended events like Coachella and I always felt physically awful. Should "I've" be replaced with "I" to be ...
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Past-tense noun form of “Archiving”?

I have the following status messages in some code: Deleting Session Data... Deletion complete. I want to use the same sentence structure (no alternate structure suggestions, please) to create ...
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Perfect Tense Stative verbs

I'd like you to tell me which one of my following sentences is correct. I am not sure if I have to use the past simple or present perfect. I'd add that I want to talk about something which is still ...
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Present perfect continue & perfect

Could anyone tell me if my examples below is correct, I mean, tenses? "In fact, I've been thinking about keeping this path when I've finished business school..." "In fact, I've been thinking about ...
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It has been a long time + present perfect

Could anyone tell me whether my following sentences make sense in English? It has been a long time since I have played this game = I haven't played this game for a long time It has been a long time ...
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The present vs the past (when it comes to a range of possibilities covering dead and living people and if the answer is someone who has died)

Suppose there is a list of people who have been named as the candidates for being the best president ever. On the list are the incumbent and some ex-presidents, some of whom have died. How would we ...
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Second-Level Conditional and the Subjunctive

Does the second-level conditional such as, “If I studied harder, I would do better on the test,” derive from the subjunctive? Or does it belong to its own “tense” (or perhaps “mood”) in the English ...
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Past, hypothetical situation and a present, real one

Is it grammatically correct to say,” if you had worked hard, I would buy you a chocolate”? The first part is the past, hypothetical situation, whereas, the second one is the present, hypothetical ...
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“The solution would be that he go and talk.”

Just need to confirm if this construction is correct. Would also really appreciate it if it could be broken down too from a grammatical perspective. Many thanks!
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Is the mix of tenses in this sentence correct?

The Constitution was envisioned as a reaffirmation of the fundamentals which are commonly held and have been accepted by the people. "was", "have", "are", in the same sentence?
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what's the rule for tense consistency within a sentence?

I have a doubt regarding tense consistency within the same sentence. Which one between these two sentences is correct? A - when he comes out of the house, a storm blows all over the city. B - when he ...
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past simple and past continuous

Which of these verb forms is correct in each case? I hoped/was hoping to go away this weekend, but my boss give/was giving me some work that I have to finish by Monday. I bumped into Lena last week....
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence? [migrated]

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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Are these tenses grammatically correct?

I am trying to write something, but I am not sure whether these are grammatically correct. Is there any better way of saying these sentences? English is not my first language so sometimes I kinda get ...

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