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Should you use present or past tense when telling people about your work experience? [duplicate]

Say, I worked for a Japanese bakery in 2010-2012. Now that I am going to tell the people in the new bakery shop about my experience. Shall I say: (1), "I have two years of experience in bakery", or (2)...
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Past Progressive or Past Perfect Progressive? [duplicate]

In a past narrative, I often see people using Past Perfect Progressive for things that are still true, which is odd to me, as the Past Perfect Progressive is an action that started in the past and ...
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Canonical Post #2: What is the perfect, and how should I use it?

This is a Canonical Post, intended as a reference and resource for both Questioners and Answerers. The English “perfect” is deeply puzzling for learners. Nearly one Question in every twenty here asks ...
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When is the past perfect exactly needed?

I have never had this problem before. But after seeing some questions posted on ELU, I started to doubt. I have been through links1, pages of grammar books2, a lot of questions3 posted here and ELU. I ...
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Verb tenses when asking a question

How can I establish time period when trying to ask someone about a question that was asked some time ago? I asked you a question in my last email, but I wasn't sure (this is happening now) if it ...
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Is it possible to be grammatically correct without using past perfect?

Can you guys please help with which verb tense to use when talking about numerous specific events? In the example below, I'm not quite sure if past perfect really is necessary. "She sent me a ...
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Had sent/ sent... which one's better, and why?

I was overwhelmed with joy when i read the texts you had sent me. I was overwhelmed with joy when i read the texts you sent me. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? What's the ...
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Difference between “he kissed me” and “he had kissed me”

I believe, I understand what is difference between the past simple tense and the past perfect tense. As per my knowledge, we use the past perfect tense to show the much old action in the past when two ...
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HSBC also pointed out it managed to increase

We commonly use the past perfect in reported clauses where the reporting verb is in the past. Cambridge Dictionary I noticed it is common not to follow the above rule: HSBC also pointed out it ...
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usage of subjunctive mood in the past

I learned if s+ past perfect, S would have done But I often encounter if s past verb, S would have done For example, If he wanted to kill us, he would've done it at the junkyard. (from TV ...
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past perfect to continue a flash back

Not knowing anything about this mystery record and band other than what label it was on, I went straight to the source for some information. I asked Robbie Fields, the Posh Boy, what the story was ...
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present perfect in this case because the time indicated is not finished [duplicate]

We have just discovered today after the workers left ,that there is a water leak, some water is falling from the ceiling in the kitchen. As the workers had already left we could not speak to ...
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