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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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Is 'I want to thank somebody for having done something' a valid use of present perfect?

So, I want to build a sentence and mix a present perfect part into it, but the preposition particle only allows continuous form of the verb. Can I say like 'I want to ... smbd for having done smth', ...
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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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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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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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Interchangeability of Past Continuous or Past Simple for Present Perfect Continuous

Yesterday an American friend of mine shuttered my world by saying that these three tenses (past continuous, past simple, present perfect continuous) are interchangeable in American English. So if I ...
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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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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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“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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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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would have been saving vs would have saved

On a website (Quora.com) I read the following question and answer: Did the US President Clinton really stop Pakistan from nuking India in 1999 and save india? Answer: If they had, they ...
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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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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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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. ...
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Do you come? Are you coming?

What are the differences between these questions: Do you come? Are you coming? Which is the more correct usage? If I first say "It's late. I'm going home now," which is the correct form of this ...
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The chances of you getting a good job are greater than (my chances) of graduating high school. — grammaticality [duplicate]

The chances of you getting a good job are greater than me graduating high school. The chances of you getting a good job are greater than my chances of graduating high school. Are both the ...
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Is present continuous justified in this case

I was trying to buy something on internet , I had to check out to finish .I tried to check out and it did not work. So I decided to email the seller and wrote: "Once you have pressed the check out ...
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We (have been) are working on this for last two days: the difference between tenses

What is the difference between these two sentences: 1) We have been working on this for last two days. 2) We are working on this for last two days Please explain it to me.
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“I wanted/have wanted/was wanting to be a doctor since I was ten”

Please help me answer the following question: I have wanted to be a doctor since I was ten I wanted to be a doctor since I was ten I was wanting to be a doctor since I was ten Which one ...
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Usage of past continues tense in describing evidences

I wrote the following sentence to describe my evidence of how some users used a system. They first showed difficulties in discriminating phonemes, especially short vowels, as they frequently ...
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“Every time I eat (I'm eating) crabs, I feel (I'm feeling) sick” - what difference the continuous aspect makes

If I say "Every time I eat crabs, I feel sick" (it is a usual fact that will last all my life.) But is it possible to say "Every time I'm eating crabs, I feel sick." Does it change the meaning of ...
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“We're just missing the flowers”

From this video at around 2:56: Chocolate, candles, champagne. We're just missing the flowers. Why is continuous used here? Flowers are either here or not, so it is a state.
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Future Continuous with planned actions?

Does the Future Continuous create the idea of a planned action as well as the Present Continuous does? If I say "I am seeing Jim tomorrow." I think it means that I have arranged it. It's also OK to ...
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I saw a scene in Sons of Anarchy yesterday, where Jax wears sunglasses vs where Jax was wearing sunglasses

Is it correct to say: ''I saw a scene yesterday where Jax wears sunglasses'' or is the only correct form: ''Where Jax was wearing sunglasses'' I was in doubt whether the first one is okay to use.
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Is there any special adjective like 'award-winning'?

OALD says... award-winning (adj) -having won a prize I'm a bit surprised having the participle there. Why? Because the action is completed and still it uses the continuous tense (CT). I thought ...

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