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had been working for us before... /part 2

a. He had been working for us before he started working for you. I can see three possibilities: He started working for you right after he stopped working for us. There was a time lapse between the ...
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How to use if clause with present perfect

If you have drunk too much milk, you might have been taller. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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By the time and When

By the time I arrived at the scene, the meeting had been over. When I arrived at the scene, the meeting had been over. Are the two sentences correct?
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past perfect continuous vs past perfect (perfect continuous vs perfect simple)

I read that the perfect continuous is an action that continuous up to another point and my teacher told me that usually these actions are ongoing or they end very close to the other point. My question ...
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seemed to leave or seemed to have left?

What is the difference between the uses of tense and aspect in the following sentences? I was told that the use of the perfect infinitive indicates an event which occurred prior to the "seeming&...
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Second conditional or past real conditional?

There is this quote from the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey that confuses me: If it wasn't for Edmond Halley, Newton's great book would've never been conceived, nor written, nor printed. Now I ...
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Today would have been or today is

Why does this sentence use "would have?" Why not say "Today is the birthday of our FA Cup winning captain, Jack Nicholas?" Today would have been the birthday of our FA Cup winning ...
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'Having been released in ...' or 'Released in ...'? Is the Perfect Participle Necessary?

Admittedly, there are a few questions similar to this, but I find that the examples are usually compromised by other errors. In these two examples (below), which use participle clauses as supplements, ...
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Past Tense or Present Perfect [duplicate]

He placed an order OR He has placed an order. He has now be waiting for three weeks but no goods have arrived. My question is: Does the first sentence denote the starting point of the following ...
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Simple Aspect and Perfect aspect in Tense construction

What is the difference between the Simple aspect and the Perfect aspect? Background: It says: "The simple aspect does not tell us whether action is ongoing or complete as it does not contain ...
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on jumping over the puddle versus upon jumping over the puddle: is the action completed or underway?

Upon jumping over the puddle... On jumping over the puddle... Is the jump completed or underway? And do the prepositions on and upon have the same meaning in that respect? Upon jumping over the ...
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Adjectival participles and perfect

I read a wonderful article on this resource about the Perfect construction - Canonical Post #2: What is the perfect, and how should I use it? - and came across this part: Adjectival participles The ...
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I ___(to read) your book. It's fantastic. I'll finish it tonight

I have passed the English grammar test. I'm B1 and can't complain about that. But I have a major questions about verb tenses anyway. I ______ your book. It's fantastic. I'll finish it tonight. have ...
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Tense in the subordinate clause when the main clause in the present perfect tense

Which tense should I use in the subordinate clause when the main clause in the present perfect tense. I'm thinking about this particular scenario: "I've seen a great nation fell." versus &...
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"To be" VS "to have been" ( the impersonal passive)

Is there any difference between (1) and (2)? (1) Almodovar's film was considered to be the most innovative. (2) Almodovar's film was considered to have been the most innovative. (1): means that the ...
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I am walking VS I have been walking

I am walking. I have been walking. I know those sentences have the same meaning. But under what context is it better to use one rather than the other? Maybe below. I am walking for more than 2 hours....
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When do we use haven't had, hadn't had, and didn't have?

For example: I haven't had my breakfast. I hadn't had my breakfast. I didn't have my breakfast. Could you clarify if the abovementioned sentences are grammatically correct, and if yes, then what are ...
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Are these sentences in the past perfect & present perfect tenses grammatically correct?

Past Perfect Last week our teacher gave back the essays we had written the week before. The house was quiet when Andrew got home. Everyone had gone to bed several hours earlier. Annie didn't want to ...
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how to decide between simple past and past perfect?

The question is to find error if there is one. The current economic scenario (a)/ could possibly undo (b)/ the growth that followed (c)/ the economic liberalization of 1991. (d)/ No error (e) I am ...
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What is the appropriate use of the modal 'Could' in this example?

(Question moved from English Language & Usage.) I was writing a passage of dialogue wherein one of the characters reflects on their ability to not do something in the past. See a similar example ...
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Can stative verbs be completed?

Action(dinamic) verbs are presented in 2 different forms: The progressive which means that the action is not completed(finished) and the perfect which means that the action is completed. Action verbs ...
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What is the difference in meaning between "I want to do something" and "I want to have done something"?

In the 12th episode of the 2nd season of Suits one of the characters said the following. I want to have talked to everyone of my clients by the end of the day. That's the first time I've seen the ...
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Verbs in the simple present vs. perfect present

Please help me and tell me, which one of these sentences should I use? Until they have prepared our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby. Until they prepare our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby....
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Has been raining vs Had been raining

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2002-03 Q) It ____ raining since morning (a) is (b) was (c) has been (d) had been My question bank says that the answer is (c). An alternative ...
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The United Kingdom had its coldest April night since 2018

Normally, you'd need the present perfect (or the past perfect) when accompanied by since, as in: The United Kingdom has had more than 1 million diagnosed cases of the coronavirus since the start of ...
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Telling about recent actions in modern English

Let’s suppose that a few days ago your friend recommended a certain book to you, so later on you took went out and bought that book for yourself. How would you normally relate the foregoing sequence ...
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Which Perfect aspect should be used: "I’ve read / been reading this page three times already…”? [closed]

I’ve been reading this page three times already, but I still don’t understand it. Or I’ve read this page three times already, but I still don’t understand it. Is the action in progress or is it ...
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Is it correct: I had been staying , in my situation?

Is this correct: I had been staying in the Emergency Department for three days until the doctors could identify the missing diagnosis. where "staying" is used together with another action ...
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I was building it, but I didn't build it

Many natives told me that simple past always tells about completion, so I've been wondering how to speak about actions that you were doing at a specific time in the past, but in the end didn't finish. ...
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Past perfect without Past tense

As a technology visionary, Elon Musk has created cars that have challenged the conventional automobile industry and rockets that have saved space transportation costs. Is this sentence correct? It ...
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A: What did you do yesterday?

Please help me out, what extra words are needed to convey the incomplete nature of the actions? A: What did you do yesterday? B: I read books. I wrote my book. I built the wooden ship (which you had ...
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What is the difference between "blame someone for doing something" and "blame someone for having done something"?

Could you tell me what is the difference in meaning between blame someone for doing something and blame someone for having done something? For example: Kate blames Jack for ruining the cake. Kate ...
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Continuous aspect for something happening again and again. What nuances does the aspect add to the meaning of sentence?

About continuous aspect in this site British council>Continuous aspect, they say that continuous aspect can be used to describe something happening again and again. I don't really understand the ...
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It's the technology I've (or) I developed

I was watching a movie yesterday and came across a dialogue: What is this? It's the technology I developed. Is the Past Simple "developed" the right tense? Shouldn't it be put in Present ...
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Answers from quiz, why this answer is correct in particular?

First answer: ✅ Have you always been living in a big city?(ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴀɴꜱᴡᴇʀ) ❌ Have you always lived in a big city? (ᴡʀᴏɴɢ ᴀɴꜱᴡᴇʀ) Second answer: ✅ By the end of August they’ll have been working on ...
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Do I use "I" and "I have" for skills I gained and still possess?

When discussing skills I gained from a past job but still possess, do I use "I" or "I have?" In my work as a Communication Specialist, I/I have developed communication and ...
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Shift back tense in reported speech

I have a situation as below: A: Who read my diary? B: I didn't read it A: It is only you who read it. B: I told you I didn't read it/ I told you I hadn't had read it. Is that both sentences are ...
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Why not using present perfect tense when it comes to since?

"Aduhelm is the first novel therapy approved for Alzheimer’s disease since 2003." On June 7th America's food and Drug adminstration approved the first drug since 2003 to treat Alzheimer's ...
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Conditionals and past perfect continuous

I have a question about the third conditional and past perfect continuous. The form of the third conditional is: If+past perfect,...... would+have+past participle Is it possible to use past perfect ...
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Is it possible to use “next” between subject and verb?

When we next see Alex and Max, who are presently parents of two children, they will have had a new baby in their family. Source: English Grammar Digest by Trudy Aronson. I know Only a few adverbs of ...
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State-change verbs are mostly in perfect tense?

I know one of the uses of the perfect tense is to describe an action from the past that influences the present. Then I would expect most of state change (changed, grew, transformed, moved) verbs to be ...
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"would like to have Vpp" or "would have liked to V"

Suppose you were reading a dictionary that wasn't available when you were a student. Which of the following forms would you use? This dictionary is excellent. I would like to have had a copy when I ...
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- Have you already finished your essay? - No, I will ___ it by this Thursday

In an online placement test that is, frankly, not the best of the best, this sentence is provided with a gap to be filled: Have you already finished your essay? - No, I will ___ it by this Thursday ...
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Based on "I would have stayed", did Edward stay or leave?

Normally, if I hear somebody say "I would have stayed", I would expect a "but" coming along stating the reason why instead the speaker did not stay. Or, I would expect subsequently ...
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The word "have" in different contexts

I have a rather unusual question about English for native speakers. Recently a friend of mine showed me a book to learn my native language (non-English obviously) and I saw a section about "...
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Present Perfect questions?

If we have sentences like (he is a teacher) can we make it in present perfect to be (he been a teacher)? If the answer no why?
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Is this sentence gramatically correct? Use of would have and had [closed]

Is this sentence correctly written? I would never have had the chance to become who i am if would not worked as hard as i did. Also, I'm a native Spanish speaker and i can't find the differences ...
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Have arachnophobia or had arachnophobia?

I wrote this question: Why hadn’t you said to me that you have arachnophobia before we went there? Now I’m worried I should have used this version instead: Why hadn’t you said to me that you had ...
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"never did before" vs. "has never done before" [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two phrases: something he never did before something he has never done before
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present, past, passive and perfect participle usages

Which is correct grammatically? Beaten severely, he died immediately. [past participle] Having been beaten severely, he died immediately. [perfect participle) I would like to put my understanding of ...
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