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I may have been trying to reach her. (is this tense a past progressive or present perfect progressive?)

I may have been trying to reach her. As the question in the title, I wonder if this sentence means a past progressive or a present perfect progressive. And what if the 'may' is changed to 'might'?
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She wouldn’t change it, A or B (main clause is vague)

She wouldn’t change it, A She wouldn't change it, B 'A' or 'B' determines the meaning of main clause of 'she woudn't change it' even though the main clause itself is fixed. This seems to be very ...
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Difference between "need" and "would need"

What is the difference between "need" and "would need". For instance, on below example: Reason I ask is no automation scripts have been developed for deploying a AWS Tape Gateway ...
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Would like + ed verb

Yesterday I received an email with a weird construction. I have a 1X40HQ I would like pulled from Location to Location. 1x40HQ refers to a container. For me, the verb in the past tense after "...
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you can say so if you must

I'm wondering if "you can say so if you must" can be used as a concession in the following. A: I sold everything and moved to Canada with John because I loved him. B: No, you didn't really ...
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Should I add "do" after "As they were supposed to" in this example?

Should I add "do" after "As they were supposed to" in this example? When everybody left the room, Mary and Ann, at last, could talk as two real friends are supposed to (do?).
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Tense simplification: use would, could, might, should to express possibility, uncertainty, etc. in the present

The book Practical English Usage by Michael Swan says: The tense in the subordinate clause tends to be simplified. He gives some examples: (a) If I (would have) had lots of money, I would give some ...
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should vs. have to vs. must in specific context?

In the following situation, which fits best (should or must or have to): I think that it is very important to look after the environment. This means that we should/must/have to cut down the amount of ...
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