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“going to” for a previously arranged future action

Aaron is carrying two tyres – he (change) the tyres on a car. Exercise on future found on lingolia The answer is going to but would it be possible to use present continuous .Aaron before changing ...
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Is it important to provide additional information when using Past perfect, past progressive, and past perfect continuous

What I mean is will it make a difference if we omit the second information? Example: 1 - Past progressive. I was bathing when you came. 2 - Past Perfect ...
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Function of past perfect

Look at this sentence A third single was recorded. The band had run out of money and had hoped that a big label would release it, but after several months and no success the impetus had been lost ...
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Function of past perfect

Example with a context: Mr. Yashin told the BBC that Mr. Nemtsov had not been a prominent critic of radical Islam and had concentrated his attacks on President Putin and his government. My ...
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Past perfect in a past context

The day after he was arrested, Vanzetti had told Katzmann that he carried the gun to protect his fish cart. Source: Sacco & Vanzetti – Eli Bortman. The sentence is on page 35. I would like to ...
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Meaning and syntactic function of modal verb. [closed]

He would be a servant in his family. In what sense is the construction (would be) used? It's a modal verb right? And as it's a predicate in this sentence,what type of predicate is it?
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{had been / was} used for centuries before

I wrote a sentence like the following one in another site. "He" as a gender-neutral pronoun had been universally used for centuries before the women's liberation movement in the 1960s. It was ...
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I feel so sad that we can't talk tonight

Does the sentence mean that I feel very sad and because of that we can't talk tonight or does it mean that I feel very sad because we can't talk tonight? Or can it mean both?
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Once, when his wife had been alive, he had had a fine house

so kind of confusing sentence Once, when his wife had been alive, he had had a fine house. so here past perfect is used twice. and i'm not sure if it's possible to use one twice, at least not by the ...
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Past perfect in past context

Could you please explain me why past perfect in this sentence? I think past simple can fit too? Is it to emphasize the completion of the playing? The reference time is now so play should be past ...
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As It Happened, It Happened That [duplicate]

For these: It happened that he did not attend the party. As it happened, he did not attend the party. Do "it happened that" and "as it happened" mean different things?
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It Happened That, As It Happened

Is there a difference here: It happened that he did not go to work today. As it happened, he did not go to work today. Do "it happened that" and "as it happened" have different meanings?
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Is this still in use in modern English?

Please read the sentence below, Is it possible in modern English or is it common nowdays? He smiled at her again and, not smiling, she looked curiously at her husband. From: E.Hemingway - The ...
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What does the “since” mean?

From BBC News: The US, Japan and South Korea say they have since defied the ruling. In this sentence, there is a strange "since" that I cannot understand. In my view, "since" means from a ...