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went or have been?

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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is or has been?

I'd like to know if "has been" is used properly in the following dialogue. I'd use the present simple "is," but I'd like to know if "has been" is okay too. A: Where's ...
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present perfect: I have gone

Some books say "have gone" can only be used with third-person subjects. Do you think the following is incorrect? As you are reading this letter, I have already gone to New York.
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Verbs use in the sentence

Please help me clear away this doubt in following question regarding the use of verb "are". "These recently upgraded branch offices have been fully computerised and are connected to ...
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It (is/has been) four years since our family has had a vacation

It is four years since our family has had a vacation. It has been four years since our family has had a vacation. What is the difference between these two sentences? And why is sentence 1 even ...
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Ambiguous use of present prefect and present tenses

I want to know whether which usage of present prefect and present tenses are used correctly between these two sentences shown below. Sentence one: He always passes all his exams even after he has ...
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Can we use present continuous tense and simple past in a sentence?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I've been going to school offline as the classes started a week ago."
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met vs have met

I have a question about simple past and present perfect. This sentence: Her husband is a very nice man. I have liked him ever since I met him. Why do we use "met" and we don't use "...
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Which of these sentences with the adverb “ever” are correct?

We always say: I have never been to London. But is it possible to say: I haven't ever been to London. Or I haven't been to London. The task was: Find a mistake in the following sentence: "...
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Past perfect or past tense

I have been wondering about the last sentence of the text in the picture. The picture is here because you probably need to know the context. The sentence is as follows: Researchers wrote/had written ...
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Which answer is right? [closed]

So I had a lesson today and the teacher gave us a question, A: What is wrong? B: I ___________ a glass (break). My question is, which answer should I give her? I have broken a glass I broke a glass. ...
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Do I use the simple tense or continuous in this case?

It's full day and I'm interacting with a co-worker: Don't mind if I yawn a lot while you're talking. I didn't sleep / haven't slept all night. Don't mind if I'm yawning a lot while you're talking. I ...
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Past perfect following or preceding “before”

a) The author died before he had finished the series. b) The author had died before he finished the series. I need to know the difference between the two sentences. What's the difference?
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Present Perfect vs. Past Simple when there is still a chance for the subject to do what they are being asked about

The context: I am looking for a book at home. I can't find it anywhere. I think my roommate could help me. The roommate is still at home. I ask him/her "Have you seen the book?" I think ...
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I've never heard that song

https://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc/topic/i-have-never-seen-him-that-drunk-vs-i-had-never-seen-him-that-drunk?reply=663495676387475976#663495676387475976 From the link, I become curious whether the ...
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“What have you done since you got up this morning?” or “What have you been doing since you got up this morning?” [duplicate]

Why I have to use here Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continous? Do both mean the same? What have you done since you got up this morning? What have you been doing since you got up this morning?
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Why is present perfect not possible in this case [duplicate]

Two days ago I tried to order a book but could not pay because your system has not accepted Paypal payments yet. I don't understand why present perfect with yet can not be used yet means that one day ...
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people who have been protesting against

This is from a newspaper article: "we would like to hear from people who have been protesting against the controversial ruling." "If you have taken part in protests we would like to ...
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The sentence “I just have noticed now […]”, tense and adverbial constructions

The phrase I just noticed now [...] seems to be quite common, as a google query reveals. However, I am wondering why is simple past used here, and also why not "justly" instead of "...
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I have climbed/been climbing a mountain?

I have climbed a mountain and I have reached the top, but I am exhausted. Should I say: "I am exhausted because I have just climbed a mountain", meaning I have reached the top and therefore ...
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Can the present perfect and the past perfect be interchangeable in certain contexts?

Could you tell me if the present perfect and the past perfect can be interchangeable in certain contexts? For example in the context below Pam from The Office used the past perfect where the present ...
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “still” and “so far” when used in negative present perfect sentences?

Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between still and so far when used in negative present perfect sentences? For example: So far I haven't found a job. I still haven't ...
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Is there any difference between “already” and “now” when used with the present perfect?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between already and now when used with the present perfect? For example: I have already had five tablets, so I know a thing or two about them. I have had ...
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“I didn't have a laptop before” vs. “I haven't had a laptop before” in context

Could you tell me if there is any difference between the past simple and the present perfect in the following context. I've just won a tablet. I haven't had a tablet before. I've just won a tablet. I ...
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Is the tense usage in “Bob has tried to help but can't crack the code” correct?

Context: Alice has some issues with an app. She talks to Bob who is familiar with the app, but he couldn't fix it and refers her to some experts group. Alice initiates a conversation with the experts ...
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“I have waited for you for two hours” vs. “I've been waiting for you for two hours”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have waited for you for two hours. I'm leaving. I have been waiting for you for two hours. I'm leaving.
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Is correct to use the past perfect continuous after the present perfect when the sentences are somehow connected?

could you tell me if it is correct to use the past perfect continuous after the present perfect the sentences are somehow connected? For example: I have finally moved from the city. I had been living ...
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difference between present perfect continuous and simple with negative sentences

I have not met her very often lately I have not been meeting her very often lately. Is the only difference between these 2 sentences the continuity of the action the first means a recently finished ...
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Five months ago, I {decided/have decided} to learn how to play the piano

Five months ago, I {decided/have decided} to learn how to play the piano. Is "Five months ago" a definite time? I have read that when there is a definite time, I should use the simple past ...
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“I have always wanted this book” vs. “I had always wanted this book” in context

Let's don't have a particular, but I really want it. Now it's my birthday and my friend gives it to me as a present. Which tense do I use in this context to say that I wanted this book for a long time:...
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“I haven't seen him for five years” and “I hadn't seen him for five years” difference

Can anyone explain me, please, what is the difference between this two sentences: "I haven't seen him for five years" and "I hadn't seen him for five years"? In English, we use ...
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Choosing correct tense and article [closed]

Which one is correct? I just sent them an email I just have sent them an email I just sent them the email I just have sent them the email Suppose I need to say this to my colleague, who is also in ...
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what's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because

What's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because? I've seen both being used but never really understood what's the difference -between ...
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It smells like someone has smoked here or it smells like someone has been smoking here

I have come across reviews of hotels where people state that: "The hotelroom smells like someone has smoked there". I thought that "someone has smoked there" means that smoking has ...
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Can someone help me with these examples of got and gotten?

I've got 2 questions. Is it correct to say: He's got me something / he's got me a present? Or can you just say: He got me something / he got me a present? My second question: When someone gave you ...
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“What you've been doing?” and “What have you been doing?” Are they both the correct way to ask?

Can I ask someone: "What you've been doing?" with proper intonation? Will it be considered ok the same as "What have you been doing?"?
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Which tense would be appropriate to mean that: “I've stopped doing an action that I used to do often.”?

I want to write a sentence which means that: I used to go to the gym often, but not anymore. The sentence that I wrote was this. "I recently go(went) to the gym often because I become interested ...
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I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter

I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accepted your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm ...
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What is the difference between “did” and “have done”? [duplicate]

For example, what is the difference between: How many puddings did she make? How many puddings has she made? In what circumstances that each sentence would be appropriately used? Is their ...
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I’m very misunderstanding about present perfect and present perfect continuous

In this case, what tense I should use? I have usually learned English for three hours before going to bed since 3 years ago. Or I have usually been learning English for three hours before going to ...
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i've a bit of confusion in using “has/have been”

have been is basically used to express the action that was started in past and is still happening up to present. Now sometimes we use have been in the following contexts as well:- your device has ...
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Passive vs active voice

I came across this sentence in a test: The first computer was built in 1943, but since then the computer technology has developed a great deal. My confusion is can we use has been developed instead ...
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What tense should I use for a completed action before another action expressed in present perfect?

I know I can use Past Perfect talks about a completed action before another action, for example: I had eaten before she arrived at 10:00am. But I am not sure what tense I should used for a completed ...
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Can someone help me with the sentence structure here as I cannot understand

It would be great if you would not be here around for a while. Is this sentence correct? This is I guess if clause or conditional clause
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“While I had/have had discussion with him about this, no decision has been made.”

example 1: While I have had discussion with him about this, no decision has been made. example 2: While I had discussion to him about this, no decision has been made. My understanding is that in ...
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Differentiate “it is said” from “it has been said” [duplicate]

It has been said that everyone lives by selling something. Can I substitute the bold part with "it is said"? I think since it is kinda like a saying, using present simple is more ...
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Differentiate “it is said” from “it has been said”

It has been said that everyone lives by selling something. Can I substitute the bold part with "it is said"? I think since it is kinda like a saying, using present simple is more ...
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She fell off her bike three times this week vs She has fallen off her bike three times this week

The book I'm studying gives as the correct answer the following sentence : She fell off her bike three times this week. Is present perfect simple incorrect in this case? (She has fallen over three ...
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Does my sentence mean what I want it to mean?

Just then, people start cheering and applauding as Steve steps up on the karaoke stage and takes the microphone. Written like this, does it mean that people started cheering and applauding because ...

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