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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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Can I use the helping verb “had” instead of “has” in the Perfect Tense when talking about the present period of time?

When I talk about a period of time that hasn't finished yet (at the moment of speaking), can I use the helping verb "had" instead of "has" in the Perfect Tense? For example, should I still say: By ...
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Choice of verb-form (and I wish to know the name of this grammar structure)

Saying goodbye to his lover, he then left the village. Having said goodbye to his lover, he then left the village. Which one is correct? 'Saying' or 'having said'? And what are the reasons? ...
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Difference in usage of tenses in following sentences

I have liked you since childhood I have been liking you since childhood I had liked you since childhood I had been liking you since childhood what is the difference in above line?
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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?