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“is written” (single or habitual action, tense choice)

Let's consider the sentence containing the phrase "is written": How this word is written? Does this phrase mean Single action: a concrete situation, how the word was written once by someone? ...
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she was happy to see her mother

a. She was happy to see her mother. Does this mean a1. She was happy when she saw her mother. a2. She was happy that she'd seen her mother. a3. She was happy that she was going to see her mother. ...
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How to use “since” to imply “from the time that”, not “because of”? Can tense itself have a role?

Consider: Since he left the group, we have worked harder to cover his absence. Since he left the group, we work harder to cover his absence. Since he left the group, we worked harder to ...
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The nuance of “could have done”

I think I could have failed this time as well. Could the above phrase mean two things? First it means that I could have failed without your help or something. So with help I could have been ...