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For questions about use of the present perfect, a verb construction which implies a present state arising out of a past eventuality.

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Do I use the past simple or the present perfect after “I've been meaning” as in “I've been meaning to do something, but I've always forgotten/forgot”?

Could you tell me if I have to use the past simple or the present perfect after I've been meaning in the context below? I've been meaning to watch the movie, but I always forgot to till now. I've ...
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Is it deliver or have delivered by tonight?

Can you deliver it by tonight? Or Can you have delivered it by tonight? What sounds more natural? Which of the two sentences is incorrect?
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It's more than ten years since i last went, had gone or have gone to Alex

It's more than ten years since i last (went _ had gone _ have gone) to Alex Which one is correct and why
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Has not been selected VS was not selected

What is the difference of saying "has not been selected for the prize" and "you were not selected for the prize"? I understand that the first one means that there is a possibility ...
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Difference between “speak of her” and “speaking of her”

I have this sentence in the story: "You've frequently heard me speak of her." If I replace "speak " with " speaking" (as it is a frequent action) would it change the ...
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Present perfect, since something has “NOT” been Happening/Heppened

I was wondering if this form of present perfect is correct: It's been 257 days since the last day a cat video on the internet has not made me cry! My main concern is with the negative second part. So, ...
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Can present perfect be used to perform habitual in past?

I got this quiz from faceb**k group (credit to the owner), here's the sentence: I _______ to school but Ann used to go to school by her bike. a) was walking b) have always walked c) have walked d) ...
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Is the phrase “has a few investors worried” standard English?

The CFO is stepping down after five years of service, and this change in the executive team has a few investors worried. Is the selected phrase a standard English? Does it mean the same as "has ...
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What are the differences between these sentences? (to do / to have done)

Do you feel any difference between these two in each pair? (1) (a) Maria was happy to have passed the exam. (b) Maria was happy to pass the exam. (2) (a) Maria is happy to have passed the exam. (b) ...
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Is there a rule governing a switch from present perfect to simpler tenses?

— Where have you been? — I've been at a cafe. I was having lunch there. I wonder when one should switch from the present perfect to simpler tenses. Is it a correct example (i.e. shouldn't it be "...
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Correct response to “Has he lost his keys?”

imagine a situation when someone lost their keys but after some time he has found them. What would be the correct response to this question? "Has he lost his keys?" Options: "No, he ...
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I haven’t liked it lately or I haven’t been liking it lately. Which is better to use?

I haven’t liked it lately I haven’t been liking it lately. Which one is better? I do feel like the latter is more of a conversational form, isn’t it? And obviously “like” is a non-continuous verb. ...
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Perfect tense + 'for' vs. Perfect tense + 'over/during'

Page 423 of Collins Usage Guide reads, If you want to say how long something has been the case, you use for: We've been married for seven years. If you want to mention how long something has been ...
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Is it grammatical to use the present perfect tense when speaking about something that happened in a finished period?

— Here you are at last! Where have you been? — I’ve been fishing. I’ve caught a big fish. — What fish did you catch? — I caught a salmon. — Where were you when you caught it? (Or should it be "...
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“she” (always takes) or (has always taken) “good care of her finances”

the question is in "Common mistakes at CAE" (amazon) unit 1 the book says the answer is "she has always taken good care of her finances" but why can't I say "she always takes ...
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Is this statement right? Ferrari just released a

I was reading this news over internet and i am wondering if this statement can be written differently or not. Ferrari just released a few photos of its upcoming limited-edition track-focused 812 Can ...
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You’ll tell me what you “learned”/“have learned"

For example, I lent my friend a book. Which one of these two sentences makes more sense to say? So you’ll tell me what you learned. So you’ll me what you have learned.
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We’ve read or we read?

Books we pretend we have read. What if instead of have read, I simply wrote we read ? Would the meaning of the sentence change?
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The difference between: I’ve been rescued and I was rescued? [duplicate]

Can you tell me what is the difference between: I have been rescued and I was rescued I know the first one is in the present perfect tense (so it’s an unstated time in the past and has an ...
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Is there any difference between “since when did it become…” and “since when has it become…”? [duplicate]

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between since when did it become and since when has it become? For example: Person A: I'm going to the dentist tomorrow. It's such a pleasure. ...
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Questions related to tense

I am kind of confused.... Are the two sentences below the same? Let’s pretend that none of this had ever/never happened. Let’s pretend that none of this have ever/never happened. If it’s different, ...
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I've finally gotten it working!

Would an American speaker say the following in a context where they've just fixed some mechanical issue in a machine? "There, I've finally gotten it working!"
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I have never thought you are ideal. / I never thought you were ideal

Is it correct explanation of an each sentence (in the brackets)? I have never thought you are ideal. (it's about the present situation that started in the past) I never thought you were ideal. (it's ...
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The use of the Present Perfect with the verbs “to hear”, “to read”

I have read somewhere that the production of push-button mobile phones has started to come down in 2010. However, two days ago I have heard one manufacturing firm begin to put out such phones with ...
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When can I use present perfect for old events?

In English Grammar in Use, it is said that we have to use past simple instead of present perfect for things that are not recent or new: Use the past simple (not the present perfect) for things that ...
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“I have learnt” or “I learnt?”

Is using the simple past wrong in my first sentence because I am still on this forum learning and does the third sentence suggest that the life experience isn't finished and the speaker may travel ...
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Today I have been meeting and today I have met

Is there any difference between "Today I have been meeting some of the people affected by the flood" and "Today I have met some of the people affected by the flood"? Does "...
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Why does the author choose past simple instead of present perfect in “all the leads went nowhere”?

Detour Records have been trying to track down members of this band since the 90s but all the leads went nowhere. Then fast forward twenty years and after doing more research and from reading a post on ...
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They have liked the idea of me starting my own business

They have liked the idea of me starting my own business. I've liked the song since my childhood. I've been liking the song since my childhood. Q1) I think sentence (3) is not absolutely correct ...
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“It has been revised 6 times” vs “It was revised 6 times”

Below is a quote from an article Scrum software development: Since 2009, a public document called The Scrum Guide[18] has been published and updated by Schwaber and Sutherland. It has been revised 6 ...
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never seen a video that wasn't/hasn't been disliked [closed]

I've never seen a video on YouTube that hasn't been disliked by people. I've never seen a video on YouTube that wasn't disliked by people. Which one is correct?
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Past tense or present perfect? “I told Link about you before I even knew” or “ I have told Link about you before I even knew”?

I wish I could blame this on him, but I told Link about you before I even knew.---- from the TV show Grey's Anatomy Present perfect "have told," IMO, should be used rather than the past ...
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Can we use present perfect in “She has packed my things when I was away”?

I was wondering if it is possible to write this She has packed my things when I was away I don't think so because "when I was away" refers to the past and "has packed" refers to ...
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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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Why not “the dog has eaten my homework”?

Why do we say "The dog ate my homework" without the perfect present? I know the perfect present is used to describe an action in the past that influences the present (an explicit call to ...
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Is present perfect a good choice

This is really the best compilation I have heard for years . The nnnnn is really a great band. I have never heard from them before Is present perfect a good choice or would past perfect be better ? I ...
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Syntactical problem? Musk's tweet “I Am Become Meme, Destroyer Of Shorts”

Here is a quote from Elon Musk's tweet: "I Am Become Meme, Destroyer Of Shorts" I have never come across such an expression as "be+ become." As far as my syntax knowledge goes, V+...
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The special use of that “have failed”

If you sent out to climb a mountain, however you climb, you have failed if you cannot reach the top. In this sentence, I wonder what does "have failed" mean Please explain it specifically
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Have you met Judy yet? (about “yet”)

As I understand, in general "yet" in questions is like "already" in statements. But is it possible that this example has a different meaning? One person says that this "yet&...
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The tallest building I have ever seen was in New York. Is the use of 'was' acceptable here? [duplicate]

A student has written The tallest building I have ever seen was in New York. I know the expected formation is The tallest building I have ever seen is in New York. But is the first sentence ...
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Correct usage of simple past and present perfect?

I have really been struggling with past simple and present perfect exercises today. what I know is mostly: simple past is used for finished actions made in the past and not related to the present and ...
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Sequence of tenses. Present Perfect + Present or Past Simple (not reported speech)

we have a question: Have you ever felt like you miss someone you don’t even know? and we have an answer, which seems a bit confusing to me I suppose, that I haven’t felt I miss someone who I don’t ...
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past simple and present perfect [duplicate]

Question : I’m sorry that I ______(not raise) the curtain,but I will do it now. --The answer is haven't raised . Can I say did't raise ? why? Thanks
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has changed since vs. has married since

In the following sentence, the present perfect "has changed since" does not sound right: A shocking event happened on my 18th birthday, and my life has changed since. In contrast, the ...
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where he has been and where he is

Do the following sentencs both sound okay? If so, what's the difference? a. I'm not sure where John has been. He was with you, wasn't he? b. I'm not sure where John is. He was with you, wasn't he?
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How long have you stayed or How long have you been staying

Are both the present perfect and the present perfect progressive correct in the following? If so, what's the difference? I prefer the present perfect progressive because the stay seems to be going on. ...
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Tense for habit with unfinished time period

"I have watched TV twice a week this year." And "I have been watching TV twice a week this year." What is the difference between the sentences above? Can they mean the same? Is ...
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They just/They've just [duplicate]

Someone has contacted me on the phone. After I hang up I call someone else and says: They/They've just contacted me. Should it be "They just..." or "They've just..."? What is ...
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has practiced or has been practicing

I'm wondering which of the two present perfect tenses should be used (or preferred) in the following: Dialogue 1: A: How long has Lenna been practicing singing? or: How long has Lenna practiced ...
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went or have been? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether the past tense "went to" or the present perfect "have been to" should be used in the following. Do different dialects behave differently here? A: I went ...

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