Questions tagged [past-tense]

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Which one is correct: have happened or had happened?

I'm wondering from these sentences which one is true: 1."So, which one have happened yesterday? You went for a walk or stay here?" or 2."So which one had happened? You went for a walk or stay ...
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The preterite with imaginary situations in the future: “if tomorrow it was proven”

Is below sentence is correct? If tomorrow it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that God does not and never did exist, would you want to remain a part of your religion. This is because word ...
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What is the tense used here?

I thought you would have eaten by now. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (OR) I thought you would have ate by now. Which is correct? What is the tense used here?
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Past perfect / present perfect

Which one is correct? I had wet. I had got wet. I have wet. I have got wet.
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Ali is a great manager. He is/was a born leader

I'm having trouble with the following sentence: 1) Ali is a great manager. He is a born leader. 2) Ali is a great manager. He was a born leader. I'd say that (1) is the right one since Ali ...
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You were supposed to ask me something?

You were supposed to ask me something? Could you please correct the above sentence? Can we use sentence like this ?
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Past Simple/Perfect + never

In an English textbook I come across an exapmle without any context He went to Africa and never came back What does it mean? We use Present Simple + never when we are talking about a habit, a ...
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Should use present perfect tense or the past tense for this sentence

My father gave me \ has given me my name. Well the action "giving my name" happened and finished in the past, but my name has never been changed since that time so the action still affects on the ...
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He prepared for school like he always does (or did?)

I think that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: He prepared for school like he always does. Should it be more grammatical to say: He prepared for school like he always did. The ...
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Result in past simple

I was thinking a lot about result in present perfect, but when I reed a book, that character appeared just a moment ago (recently) they still use past simple (for example, "Why did it take you so long?...
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Can somebody help me with tenses?

I have a problem. I don't understand what does this "result" should look like in present perfect, because when I see in movie that a character says: I forgot it. The result is that he doesn't ...
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Problem to use Past Perfect tense (Had met / met)

Sentence: It was the first time I had met/met her. Which tense form should be used, had met or met? I have come across this sentence only, not from any specific context.
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Alternating between the past and the present perfect

I have a question about the use of the simple past and the present perfect in the same sentence. I heard a native saying the following: "So far, I’ve sat for three exams, but I didn’t do well on ...
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Do I have to use the past continuous or the past perfect?

I’m working on mixed tenses exercises, and this sentence has confused me! I’d like to know whether my answer is correct or not please. This is the sentence: “For the first eight years, she worked ...
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Why is present tense uses rather than past tense in this essay?

Grandpa liked chewing tobacco, and he carried a Styrofoam cup with him wherever he went. I remember him spitting in that cup with great regularity when I used to spend the night with him and ...
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Choice between past perfect vs simple past [closed]

John:Why did you not ask your father for money? Paul:I did not ask him because I had asked him before for money and (he had become very angry/he became very angry) at that time. Which ...
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use of double past tense in a sentence

The use of double past tense is always a bit problematic for me. So far I have learned that when there is a time reference and two actions happening in past we use past and past perfect. The action ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one?

Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one , for example, like this : It has just crossed my mind so I added it. In this sentence, I only want to emphasize the first action to be ...
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Have been Vs was/were

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-48339080 There have been seven weeks of protests outside the site from which "hundreds" of pupils were kept away on Monday. Why does the ...
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Can we use two different tenses in a sentence

Is this correct ? Can we use two different tenses , like this one for example : ( happened and drops ) “What my parents think happened when a bottle of shampoo drops on the bathroom floor.....” (...
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“spied” vs “was spying”

I'm studying Barron's 504 absolutely essential words and came across this sentence: "When the bank guard spied the sinister-looking customer, he drew his gun" but it seems odd to me..we are ...
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the tense to use with “after” / word choice

The UK now faces the threat of £300m in fines after it (fail) ---------------------------- to meet legally binding EU targets to reduce pollution to safe levels. failed or has failed pollutants/ ...
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Using past simple or past perfect after *since*?

This is an exercise from my English book: You three boys look very guilty! What did you do / have you done / have you been doing since I left / have left? I chose have you been doing and have left....
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Why is past simple used here?

Here are two examples: By the time I got to the station, the train had left. and The train left five minutes before I got to the station. I don't understand why past simple is used in the ...
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In past tense which is right, 'I make them write' or 'I made them write?'

I want to know which is the correct past tense I make them write or I made them write
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Why is past simple used in this sentence when it happened before?

Philippe Siegfried called me one day in February to announce that he had unpublished titles of his group PANORAMAS. It was Emmanuelle Jean-Luc Taccard's wife (LUCAS TROUBLE, TANGO LÜGER ...) who ...
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“where did you sit” vs. “where were you sitting”

I'm a little confused about the difference between this two sentences. Can you explain the exact meaning and all differences between this two? Where did you sit last section? Where were you ...
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past simple for a habit still in work

The train _ at 8.30 p.m. today, but as a rule it _ at 8.00 p.m. sharp. ANSWER: left and started but could left and starts be ok as it is a general habits still in work at the time of writing so ...
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Using will in interrogatives?

I really find it difficult to frame a proper English sentence. I want to ask if this sentence is correct or not: will she be happy if she comes to know that you bought it from the stolen money? ...
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why “wash” and not “washed”?

I helped my mother wash the dishes after dinner last night. May I know last night is past, why wash is present?
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Why can't l chose much or far instead of quite?

I solved a problem in which l picked wrong answer and the question is the part of text which has blank to be filled . Text is very long so l want to give a part of the text . "I don't like reading ...
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difference between past simple and past continuous - when I called her

When I called her, she was studying. I know what it means. When I called her, she studied. But does the second sentence mean she started studying when I called her?
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implications of past simple tense - a few minutes ago

I learned that the past simple tense is used for actions which are completed at a definite point in time in the past. Then, does the sentence below imply that they are not dancing anymore now (at the ...
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I didn't notice until now that he left - past simple or present perfect?

I have thought that that when something that I can notice continues up to the present, I should use present perfect. For example: I have not noticed until now that his car is white. When the ...
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Past tenses of Scuba-diving

Are these two sentences correct? A. Past continuous: We were mainly Scuba-Diving while we were there. B. Past Simple: Last week we Scuba-dove?
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Some past tense question

I played football I had played football I have played football I was playing football Can someone tell me what is the differece between those sentences if they are correct. If they aren't correct, ...
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That's where past/present-tense [closed]

The bag where I buy at the shop is missing. The bag where I bought at the shop is missing. Which one is correct?
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There are two different times so isn't it necessary to use past perfect instead of past simple with 'use'

Capital expenditure of their company in the year 2001 was clearly below the spending in the year 2000 when they used about half the investments for the concept conversion. There are two years 2000 ...
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Present perfect simple for an unfinished action

I decided to walk back home. I had walked for about 200 meters when the storm began and I ran to the nearest cafe. Would it be possible to use past perfect progressive since the walk was not ...
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“When” OR “Before” in this context

The patient had already died when the doctor came. The patient had already died before the doctor came. As many people use these interchangeably. Do they convey the same meaning? Thank you.
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Would past simple be ok in this case

Complete the passage with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Goldilocks is probably the most famous and most charming “squatter” of all times.While the Bear family was looking(look)for ...
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~all of which + having vs. have?

We had exams three days ago, and there's a question I still don't get. We had to correct (but were not allowed to split into two sentences): Good papers do not merely review literature and then say ...
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When should we use present perfect tense

I am a English Learner. I am very bad regarding tense. Somewhere in the youtube in the comment section I got a comment about a topic How many match box have you used? . As per my knowledge the ...
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Which tense fits the context best? (“would win” or “won”)

Which tense fits the context best? The Super Grocery Store organized a competition for kids. Whoever could guess the correct number of jellybeans in the big jar, would win a prize. The Super ...
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Grammar: Past perfect tense

If someone just told me about some celebrity I didn't know about all my life. would it be natural to express this in past perfect tense. For instance: Someone tells me about me about Mohammed Ali and ...
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Is it not a strange past perfect here?

The rumor we heard at the time was that Chris D had a bunch of Upsetter overstock of this Tooth and Nail vinyl compilations and that he'd recently carried them down to Rhino for beer money. the first ...
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Difference between did and does

I messaged my friend asking if a person(say Mr. ABC) replies to his messages. So I texted him saying: " Does Mr. ABC reply to your messages?" He corrected me saying that it was "did" and not "does" ...
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Something that possibly happened in the past

On https://scifi.stackexchange.com/q/209550/1924 there was a comment If someone thinks being able to find out more or less everything that happened in the past is less dangerous than a dragons, all ...
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Past tense or present tense with after

Some people after you help them, just go away. Or Some people after you helped them just go away. Or Some people after you’ve help them just go away? Thanks