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What is the meaning of “would + be ~ing”

What is the meaning of "would + be ~ing"? I always have thought that "would" means "imaginary past or future". But, in this conversation. I'm a little bit confused. M:well, if it ain't Miss ...
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What is the difference between “have interviewed” and “are interviewing” in this sentence?

Could you please explain the difference in meaning in the following sentences. The detectives have interviewed two people this week. The detectives are interviewing two people this week. ...
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Is it correct to say “Luke can't swim today, he is having a cold”?

Is the continuous form of "have" ok in the sentence "he's having a cold"? Or is it ONLY correct and possible to say "He has a cold"? I can't figure out if in this case "have a cold" is a state verb ...
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Present perfect continuous for the verb to sign?

On the same exercise there is that sentence He has been signing up for a historical tour to exactly these places The reason of choosing the continuous form is that it is a temporary action. But ...
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Will it be acceptable to use present perfect progressive in this example

He has swum daily for several years, but his shoulder has been bothering him recently this is an answer of a test has swum The reason of present perfect simple is that swimming has been done for ...
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I have been working there\I am working there

We can imagine such a situation that 2 months ago I got some special project which I have to be working on. Now I've been working on it. And I can say: 1) I am working on it Pointing at my action ...
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Present Perfect and Present Continuous tenses in one sentence with only one subject

Are the tenses in this sentence correct: We have placed order for required parts and waiting to get them.
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Passive Voice with continuous verbs

If I want to say: She is hating him I say: She hates him But should the same technique work with passive? She hates him - he is hated by her She is hating him - He is hated by her OR ...
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progressive or simple

Is it possible to write this answer instead the one given in that test My mother fell ill last week. I am making all the meals instead of her. She still does not feel well so she is seeing a doctor ...
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Simple versus continuous tense in sentences

What is the difference between "When the teacher entered, the boys were all looking out the window." and "When the teacher entered, the boys all looked out the window."? Can someone please explain it? ...
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Can “stuck” be used with a continuous form?

Can I use "stuck" with a continuous form? In other words, shall I say about a parcel that has not arrived: Hope it is not being stuck in the Christmas post
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Can I reduce this paragraph using the past continuous and the conjunction “When”?

Here's the paragraph: I worked in the bank for a specific period of time in the past. One day my wife and I knew each other. Of course, that day was during or within that period of time. Can ...
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Using non-continuous verbs in continuous form

I was learning non-continous verbs once again when I came across a site (I won't post a link to it, it's in russian). And it says that sometimes when we want to emphasize the action, we can use non-...
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When to use present continuous

If something is planned you have been imposed, can that be considered as an arrangment to use present continuous? For example, you received an email saying there will be some work in 3 weeks along ...
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“Night falls”: why not continuous/progressive?

There is a series of "Nighty Night" videos for preschoolers about going to bed, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqRDEV6BnAU. All of them begin with the sentence: Night falls. I wonder why ...
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Can we say the earth is moving around the sun?

I'm learning English with text books and it says the present progressive form means an action or event taking place at the present time and the action or event has limited duration. It is truth that ...
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is the verb “list” a stative verb?

I saw this example on Cambridge Dictionary The company has been listed on the stock exchange for 35 years. My question is that: is the verb "list" a stative verb? If it was, then it could not be ...
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present continuous for a future plan that is only involving you

Can we use present continuous for a future event even it involves only yourself If you are a student can you say I am working tomorrow or is it better to say I am going to work tomorrow as only the ...
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Progressive tense with a fixed date

Rhythm will be closing permanently from 5pm on 21st December. Many thanks to all our customers for your support over the years, for our market stall, monthly mail-order catalogue, and online. If you ...
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What is the best choice in this case past continuous or simple

While she was driving to work every day she was listening or listened to languages CDs In the test the answer is listened because the action is completed now: she does not listen to these cds ...
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wrong subtitle in a film

In the film "Basse Normandie" of Simon Regiani and Patricia Mazuy, I saw this subtitle, is it possible I have been working while I wait for you I think it should be: while I was waiting or ...
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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it is possible to combine present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous in a sentence?

Can we describe a continuous action after/before another continuous action in the same sentence using different continuous tenses? For instance something like that: Before I have been reading ...
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Why the continous form in this answer

I’ve been reading online that people who purchased that record have not received it so I’m assuming he is being slow to ship this is an email I received: my enquiry was about a record I bought but ...
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Can I use a continuous form in this case

I would like to say that since we have been here (about one month now) it keeps raining a little but every day Can I use the continuous form It has been raining a little since we have been here
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Why was having and not had: “he was having trouble finding the right packaging” vs “he had trouble finding the right packaging”

On the sleeve reissue of the Chris Bell single "I am the cosmos" (record store day 2018) I found these sentences: A tape of the recording arrived in the mail several weeks after the phone call;it ...
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usually and present continuous

It is not the thousand beers you had there is something in your eye which usually you are trying to hide blaming the girls dancing around why is "usually" following by gerund? it ...
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Can sometimes be used with a continuous tense?

Can "sometimes" be used with progressive Sometimes I drink beer Sometimes I am driving very fast With a continuous tense does it mean that the event happens less often than with a simple tense
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Can we use past continuous for a finished action?

There was a huge, shiny spaceship just above our heads. It did not move . It was pulling us off the ground. Seconds later we were inside it. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/...
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Do both sentences have the same meaning

Chris did not tell the truth when he was speaking to Martin vs Chris was not telling the truth when he spoke to Martin. Do both sentences have the same meaning ?Which sentence is the best? I ...
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Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous - In 2016 I had been going to France for five years

Can anyone explain to me why this sentence is incorrect? In 2016 I had gone to France for five years. Why it should be had been going? Thanks!
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Why “wrote” and not “was writing”?

8 May - I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse*; but now I am glad that went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and all in ...
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progressive tense for completed actions

This is based on a true story that happened many, many years ago in Scotland. One day Mr Clark was walking home with a smile on his face. He was carrying something very valuable in his hand: tickets ...
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Can “happen to” be followed by a Present Progressive form?

Or does it always take an infinitive form? Ex.: Is "I happen to be doing this at the moment" correct or should you say "I happen to do this at the moment"?
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“Past perfect progressive” vs “past progressive”- Can we use the adverbial phrases of time with past progressive?

I know one of the main differences between past perfect progressive and past progressive is the fact that the latter can be used when the duration of an event or its exact timing is not important to ...
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Continuous in this case

For over 20 years he has led seminars and courses on relationships and communication, and he has appeared on television shows. why don't we use continuous because it is up to now? Is it because 20 ...
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progressive form with stay

Tom has got an important job to finish by the end of the month. He has stayed at work until after 10 o'clock three days this week already. Why not has been staying as it is ongoing action is it ...
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Progressive tense, progressive aspect, continuing aspect or continuous tense?

I have heard four different names: Progressive tense Progressive aspect Continuing aspect Continuous tense Which is the grammatically correct name approved by most grammar books and dictionaries?...
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Continuous for future arrangement

I was supposed to be getting copies. I wrote the label when these were first announced asking for 30 something copies and he wrote back that he would contact me when they were ready. Did the author ...
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Is “supposed to play” semantically different from “supposed to be playing”?

Is there any meaning difference between these two sentences? I was supposed to play. I was supposed to be playing.
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“I am not agreeing with Hitler”

Do I need to add that I am not agreeing with Hitler when describing his opinion about the Jews and Germany? Source: non-idiomatic meaning of "in terms of" I was going through some my ...
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All they do is 'get/getting' groceries

This is going to be silly but I know some people who don't really leave the house for anything but groceries. It's impossible to hang out with them because they just sit around at home and the only ...
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Watch you do/doing it [simple present or continuous?]

Is it grammatically possible to use both, the continuous form and simple present in sentences that use the pattern as in the title? Example sentences: I want to watch you wash/washing the car. ...
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What were you doing/have you been doing [does one have a negative connotation?]

I have been debating with my wife (she is American) over the correct use of each phrase. She doesn't know anything about grammar and also grew up with a lot of immigrants so she suggested I just post ...
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Conditionals: continuous tense in if-clause

There are 5 types of conditionals, and I haven't found any with continuous tense in 'if' clause. Suppose there is a long radio show. Eventually the presenter says something like 'the secret code is ...
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past continues confusion [I heard you say/saying that] [I had him do/doing that]

I'll try to keep it short this time. There are certain phrases I still don't understand how to use. For example: 'Last night when we ate dinner, I heard you say something rude' or 'I had ...
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could the second conditional be like this?

From a film subtitle: "What would've happenned if you were a few minutes later, Hani?" I think that 'What would have happened if you had been a few minutes later,Hani?'is right? I think this is ...
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Should I use the past simple here?

I'm trying to write a paragraph in present continuous tense. Are these sentences correct? Should I use the past simple in stop working? The bell is ringing. We stop working. We are very happy ...
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Must there be ONLY Present Perfect Continuous

We normally use the present perfect continuous for this: She has been living in Liverpool all her life. Why can't we use: She has lived in Liverpool all her life. Still, if we do can, what is ...
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use of done with verbs with -ing

So, in a test I wrote the following sentence: The city looked horrible after the hurricane was done destroying it. I was told that the usage of "done" in here is incorrect, but I have no idea why. ...