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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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I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
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It would be a great opportunity for someone like me who is working full time

I found out that I could be a part-time or a full-time student. It would be a great opportunity for someone like me who is working full time. I am writing a personal statement. I found out that I ...
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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Tense slip: “have done sth when I realized”?

Most of the confidences were unsought —frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the ...
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About past tense/present in summary

First, my teacher taught us to use present verb tense in a summary, but sometimes I just really want to use past tense. for example (sociology essay,informal tho) A black female student is ...
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“Didn't choose {to be born/to have been born}”

Didn't choose to be born Didn't choose to have been born The second one doesn't sound right to me, but something about it looks plausible. Which one is the right one, and why?
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Past simple or past continuous?

1 Being students, they didn't have much money and they usually worked as waiters at weekends. Why do we need to use the past simple? 2 While they were studying, they were working as waiters at ...
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“Suspected” VS “had suspected” have same meaning here?

For a long time many scientists suspected that koalas were so lethargic because the compounds in eucalyptus leaves kept the cute little animals in a drugged­out state. But more recent research has ...
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complex sentences and past sense

I'm discussing internals of a database system with someone and I'm struggling to figure out how do I talk about my past thought on the subject. If I was just expressing my thoughts I would say "It is ...
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“Used to” with period of life

can I say " I used to smoke for 5 years "? is it correct? And if no, which tense should I use? Should I say "I had smoked for 5 years?" Thanks a lot.
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Had not needed vs did not need

I was asked to fill the blank below preseving the meaning of the sentence. It was not necessary for him to take any warm clothes, so he travelled light. He ________________________ take any warm ...
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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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“were” used as a subjunctive is present or past?

Given the 2 examples below: I wish you were here now If he were in the situation that you've been 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have bothered about it now The word 'were' is used as a subjunctive and my ...
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present perfect continous or past perfect continuous in this case?

Wild Zeros started in Bordeaux in late 2007 - first gig in December of that year. Just a bunch of friends (ex or current members of Magnetix, Pneumonias, Mean Things, Skeptics, Wylde Tryfles…) who ...
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The river Thames last froze over three decades ago

I was solving a question for TOEIC prep, and found this sentence. The question was "The River Thames last ______ over three decades ago." 1. freeze 2. froze 3. frozen 4. freezing ...
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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Will the meaning change if I change “when-clause”?

do these sentences have different meanings? When she was back, I decided to do my homework.(Can this one have two meanings?) I decided to do my homework when she was back.(Can this one have two ...
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Should I use “was” or “is” in the following sentence?

Should I use was or is in this sentence? I asked them if Person X was/is in any way related to or affiliated with their organization at any time. My guess is "at any time" warrants "was". Is this ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the tense of: is located

Consider the sentence: The shop is located near the bus stand. Is it present tense? Doubt is ---- is a helping verb presentence and located is past tense.
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How to use 'I learned that if I faced' in its reported-speech kind of context

It is said that in reported speech, verbs tense will change. Also, when using 'if', verb tenses change. So what is the correct form of the below sentence? I learned that if I faced another question ...
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by the time with past simple

I've seen this sentence By 1990 we were finished (the band was no more) I thought that with by the time or by [a date] it is better to use past perfect By 1990 we had split By the time ...
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present perfect + when

But plenty have come to him when they haven't been able to heal through traditional means. As far as I know, past simple or past perfect are tend to be used with "when", because they are more ...
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Asking about experiance

If I want to ask my friend about her travel, which tense is more preferred? I know that when asking about experience we use *present perfect *, like "have you been to Italy", "have you ever blah...?, ...
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Past simple or present perfect for an action that began a long time ago but is still true

Is this possible to write At the beginning I have bought some records from him. Then one day I asked for a record he did not have ,he answered to me that he was OK to let me use his address and since ...
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Can I use past perfect in this response?

I would like to know if I can use past perfect in this response: Did not know that you would contact me again !!! I had tried to contact so many times and did not receive any answer that I ...
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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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ever with past VS past perfect?

However, Sol Elman, the father of violinist Mischa Elman, thought differently. He said, “My dear friends, Kubelik played the Paganini concerto tonight as splendidly as ever he did. Can i change ever ...
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“could” in the past referring to a single possibility/opportunity

I decided to create another question as this addresses another aspect of the topic I discussed in my related questions. I know that in general, "could" is not used to describe a specific possibility ...
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the meaning of past perfect continuous in that case

What indeed? While she was walking through the forest, she saw a wolf strolling slowly towards her, humming something to himself. A minute or so earlier, the wolf had been watching her from behind a ...
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Choosing correct tense for dependent clauses when casting a present-tense statement into past

Putting present-simple statements in the past is my pain. In particular, I always stumble upon which tense to chose for dependent clauses: Right now the teacher is asking students one by one some ...
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get something done by somebody negative

I have the following sentences, She did not get her hand kissed by the gentlemen, since ... (correct imo) She did not get her hand kiss by the gentlemen, since ... (incorrect imo) Now, I want to ...
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past simple for an event before past perfect

The room on the first floor of the Barbour County Courthouse in the little town of Eufaula, Alabama, was normally the County Clerk’s Office, but after it had closed for the day on August 2, 1957, it ...
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Past or Past Perfect: “listened” or “have listened”

I wrote: If you listened to the last speech of Iran’s president at the UN, he also insisted on a fair solution. should I write it as: If you have listened to the last speech of Iran’s president ...
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What other tense would be possible here

In April 1912 Rose DeWitt Bukater boarded the Titanic, a liner that was travelling from Southampton to New York. She was with her mother and her snob fiancé Caledon Hockley. Rose was a rich woman who ...
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Is it Simple past, Past Subjunctive, or what?

In this past sentence: I wanted to have a little time to myself before everybody else woke up at 7:00 am Is "woke up" being used as simple past, past subjunctive, conditional or what? If it's in ...
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Using “if” to describe the past

"This morning, I interviewed my students to see if they like me or not." Or "This morning, I interviewed my students to see if they liked me or not."
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past simple or past continuous

A: Which hotel were you in when you lost your passport? B: I don’t remember. I visited many places during my European tour and I ____________ (stay) in many different hotels. do i have to use Past ...
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Use of Tense -Situation :- a 35 yr old man explaining to his son how he is so good at football

I have played a lot of football in school. Or I played a lot of football in school. Situation :- a 35 yr old man explaining to his son how he is so good at football. Well, football that he ...
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illogical use of past simple in this text

Every now and then we have gone to the studio and recorded a free batch of songs, just to see what they sounded like on tape never thinking they'd one day end up on a double album. What I don't ...
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This war has begun in the context of the crisis in Chavismo politics

This war has begun in the context of the crisis in Chavismo politics now marked by the lack of food, medicine and money for the people. Source: https://thewire.in/171850/venezuela-crisis-populism/ ...
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Using a past tense “mingled” in present tense writing

The sentence is: "As I mingled with the crowd, I keep an eye out for my friend." Is that grammatically correct? I'm writing something in present tense instead of past tense for the first time, ...
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What is the difference? “had feared” vs “feared” vs “was feared”

Which one should I use: I had feared that my companion would talk too much. I was feared that my companion would talk too much. I feared that my companion would talk too much.
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Past tense confusion

But I was grateful that he helped me convince Jared there was time to make the raid and get back before a decision was made about Kyle. Can anyone explain to me when it's not necessary to add 'ed' to ...
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Any addition which appeared or have appeared in recent times

Yavanika is one of the latest additions to good drama which appeared/have appeared in recent times. If I saywhich appeared in recent times, will that be considered wrong? As far as tense of the ...
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Example of right usage of Past Simple and Present Perfect

I am practising and doing exercise on the differences between simple past and present perfect. One of the rules I've learnt states that present perfect should be used when an action happened in the ...
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How should I understand this use of past and present tense in the same sentence?

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood You know it used to be mad love So take a look what you've done 'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood BY TAYLOR SWIFT