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Questions tagged [past-tense]

This tag is for questions about the usage of the past tense in English.

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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 [on hold]

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
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Use of past tense in situational present

Is it idiomatic to say this. Some people can be grumpy especially if they didn’t have a good night sleep.
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“My boss was furious with me and I have been fired” vs. “My boss was furious with me and I was fired”

I have a question and I hope you can help me. I've been learning English for many years but I'm still struggling with the difference between simple past and present perfect. For example this sentence ...
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after + doing vs I did, which one is correct or better? [on hold]

It was my first time to do something after + graduating from university I graduated from university Which one is better?
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Why do I need the past, not the past perfect, here?

Capital expenditure of their company in the year 2001 _______ clearly below the spending in the year 2000 when they _______ about half the investments for the concept conversion. A) used to be / had ...
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I already finished the work

I have such a rule in my head that if we have "already", "still" or "yet" I am obliged to use Perfect Tenses. But can these words be used in Past Simple? I already finished the work (some time in ...
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I had finished it by 11 am

I was told to that it was incorrect to say: I had finished it by 11 am The person was saying Past Perfect could be used only with Past Simple, not times like this one. What do you think about it?
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When you had found it out by 11 am I had already come?

Can we say so: I found it out at 11 am ? It's Past Simple. The action happened while it was 11 am Can we say: I had found it out by 11 am? It's Past Perfect. The action had happened before 11 am....
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she not go to live with her father (in past)

Can we use not go in past? For example, this sentence: She not go to live with her father. I am not sure if I can use this sentence like this: She did not went to live with her father. or: ...
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I had done when you had come by the evening

We have "A" and B moments in the past. "A" happened first, "B" happened second. "A" should be in Perfect. Example: I had done when you came I had done - "A" When you came - "B" "A" happened before ...
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Past simple and past continuous in picture descriptions

I found the following exercise in a workbook: Choose the past simple or the past continuous: ... In the exercise there .... a picture of three doctors who .... . Answer key: was/sang My question: ...
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he has scored or he scored

My non-native English speaking friends and I meet regularly and learn English from one another. At our last meeting, I talked about an amateur hockey player, who is my friend. This is what I said to ...
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Which tense should be used in this situation?

I am confused about what tense I should use in this situation. He ______ (can) picture his brother's face more clearly now, because he had saved the life of a fourteen-year-old boy, who remarkably ...
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“took a bath” or “have taken a bath”

Which sentence is correct (if not both) and what is the difference between them? I just took a bath. [moments ago] I've just taken a bath.
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How long did you do it (for)? [closed]

I keep having difficulties with past tenses: 1. If action has started and is still going on we can ask "how long have you been doing that", right? 2. Is Present Perfect Simple possible here? "How long ...
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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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Past simple and “all night”

can i use just past simple in this case " Sorry, I'm late because I was in a sauna with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie all last night "If I have "all last night is it ok to use just past simple ...
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Present or past when the thing doesn't exist

A: Did you ever have the orange sherbet at Johnny's Icecream Shop? It's a shame the place burned down and no longer exists. B: I used to. All the time. I liked that a lot. What a pity. Would it be ...
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How to avoid multiple negatives in sentence [closed]

I have written few lines, but I feel those could be more better in English, even I am not sure about grammatical mistakes. Please correct my below sentences "But that didn't go well as I didn't ...
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Is the past and prestent tense correct in this?

I like that you made it a point to bring me food before I started working this morning Or should it be .. I like that you made it a point to bring me food before I start working this morning.
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Past tense of “ I have to”

Question 1: How do I change this correctly and accordingly to the past perfect tense example: He have to do that because someone has told him to possible answer: He had to do that because someone ...
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'Once' conjunction past tense

'Once they passed the exam, they worked in a national hospital and received more training.' I can't understand the correct meaning of this sentence. I know a sentence like 'Once they pass the exam,...
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Confused between past simple and past continious

The situation is that I am talking to some friends about an event that happened earlier: When I was packing my clothes my dog was watching me. When I was packing my clothes my dog watched me. ...
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why past continuous in this case as both actions are completed at the time of writing

A side is Freak Out, B side is Dr. Hoo Hoo, Mr. Tomomatsu were recording and mixing the same as the previous two 7", and legendary L.A Punk's engineer/producer GEZA X were mastering these songs. why ...
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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never traveled or had never traveled?

Rousseau produced twenty-six jungle paintings in the final six years of his life. In fact, he had never traveled outside of France or seen a jungle. If had never traveled would be changed into ...
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Present/ Past tense between sentences with past tense?

She overcame all of her difficulties and created her own destiny as a merchant all by herself. That is not all. After making a large fortune, she willingly donated almost all of her wealth to her ...
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Started or has started

Life started in a simple organisms . Can has started can be used instead of started? Then how are the meanings different? Because life is still going on, can i use present perfect?
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Tense agreement is or was?

The public and critics laughed at Rousseau's flat style of portraying human figures. This was because the paintings did not look real. Rousseau's style was markedly different from the contemporary ...
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is estimated OR was estimated

It IS/WAS estimated that people consumed a lot of bottled water in 2015. In the sentence above, is and was both are possible? Then how the nuance is different? If there is no difference, which is ...