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Should “The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he has always needed food” use a simple tense instead?

Should this sentence's verbs indicate that the actions occurred in the past indirectly by using the compound present prefect construction: The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he ...
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Problems with perfect tenses

I have some problems with Present Perfect tenses. I often see in movies or in books where 2 characters are talking about situation that take place right now. When they see the result, instead of using ...
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Will be done vs will have been done

Everything will be done by Tuesday. Everything will have been done by Tuesday. What is the difference (semantic, grammatical), if any, between the two? My question is different from this one ...
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usage of present perfect tense

My question is about the use of present perfect tense. To my knowledge this tense is used for the actions that have started in the past and continues up until now. I have questions about different ...
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Is past perfect most appropriate here?

Which sentence is correct? It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we were already used to living in a big city. It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we had ...
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about past perfect

Pocho had made the decision to live near the human who had saved his life, so he soon became a member of the Snedden family. By now, Chito remarried, and together they had a daughter. Both, ...
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Having pp, have pp sentence

I'd like to ask questions about the exact tense of participial construction like the following sentence. Having worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been surprised to see young ...
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My intention is (to finish/to have finished) my studies by June

My intention is to finish my studies by June. My intention is to have finished my studies by June. Is it correct to say 1 or 2? If both are correct, are there any differences between them?