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How do we know when to use present perfect simple, present perfect continuous or past simple?

I have read a lot about the three of them. There are certainly a lot of rules on their usages. However, what I'm concerned about the most is how I can determine when to use one over the others. So I ...
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Signed vs has signed / first vs the first

I have a few dilemmas regarding grammar, and would like you to help me improve my written English, by fixing errors and explained me rules. It's for a project, the sentence would be like this: ...
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The main differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect

I'm writing this because: I kind of know the differences between them, but, when I see a native speaker or when I see it in a sentence, I get confused; I'm also not confident to know when to use ...
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Been there or Were there in this sentence? - Tense-Usage

Look at the bold clause He's been to France. It was fun. Although, he already was/has been here before. Which one should I use? I mean, to me, since the context creates some sort of timeline, I ...
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Text dexcribing my military service - not sure if correct, grammar-wise [closed]

I could use some help :) I know that you don't proofread, but I don't know where to ask. I had been recruited to the Military on the 20th of October, 2013. As a combat service supporter in the ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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Is it right to say “I have started to watch” or better to say “I have been watching”?

Here are my sentences I have been watching football since 2010 World Cup and i liked players like Drogba, Lampard and after World Cup i have started to watch Premier League. Is it right to say "I ...
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“Ago” at present perfect simple?

Are there any instances in which the use of "ago" in Present Perfect Simple Tense would be deemed correct? For example: I've (just) finished reading 5 minutes ago. From my perspective, the ...
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What will be the best in this case present perfect or past simple

) I have ordered from them many times and haven 't got any problem but last time I made an order for the supertempo "damned"and did not receive the record,so I sent many emails but none of them were ...
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Present or Present Perfect in this sentence with an imaginary statement [duplicate]

I wrote: the associated organizations must act urgently in introducing a new word for a foreign word before it has been widespread / becomes widespread / has become widespread / would been ...
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Made or have made

I don't think they made a reservation I don't think they have made a reservation They 'have made' a reservation sounds good to me. What is the difference. Why is using past sentence in this ...
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“Have seen” vs “saw”? [duplicate]

I have seen a plane. Here, what is the meaning of the sentence above? I understand the basic meaning of 'have pp'. The sentence above means that I have just seen a plane? Or I have seen a plane ...
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which tense is the better choice?

My breath smells because: 1.I have just been eating fish 2.I have just eaten fish 3.I just ate fish. Are all three answers possible in this situation? Or is any of them preferable?
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congruence of tenses

A recent exchange between a student and I: ME: I have found a technique for doing …. HER: How have you found it? 
 Why not ask, “How have you found it?” Why is the simple past tense correct, ...
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Until you have finished that report/ until you finish that report

You are not going home until you have finished that report. You are not going home until you finish that report. Is there any shade of difference in meaning between the two sentences?or do they ...
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Using present perfect simple in a real world situation

I do not know when I have to use the present perfect simple (and others tenses in perfect form). I normally use: present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, future, ... for write/...
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Why do they correct simple past to present perfect here?

I've often found online articles where corrections are made to signify a different tense where I think there's no need to. For example: ... he tells BBC Culture. “... I [have] always felt like they ...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect in the daily basis

I would like to ask some things about differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect (because I only know how to use them in a few cases and I just only know how to use them grammactly correct, ...
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Word-usage: “[…] that has had/ had everything…”

Could you guys see this sentence and say if I should use Present Perfect or Past Simple? Haven't you heard the story about a character that has had / had everything and still hasn't been / wasn't ...
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Phrase-usage: Where has this come from? Or Where did this come from?

Something that is confusing me is: Hey dude, Where has this come/ did this come from? I know how to use Present Perfect, but, I don't know if using here sounds natural. Can I use both? But, of ...
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“We have always helped each other” vs. “We always help each other”

We have always helped each other and we’ll keep helping each other We always help each other and we’ll keep helping each other What’s the difference ? Are both of them correct?
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Sentence-Usage : “How long has this been empty for?” Or “How long was this empty for?”

I'm asking this because I have a feeling that if I say How long has this been empty for? , It would be like an ongoing action. For example: A: How long has the dog's bowl been empty for? For ...
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Present perfect confusion

I would like to appreciate the team for the support. For present perfect, can I say: "I have come, today" or "I come today" For past simple: "I come two days ago" or "I came ...
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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous with the verb “find”

Which version of these two sentences is correct? He has been finding it difficult to adjust to his new school. He has found it difficult to adjust to his new school.
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present perfect with “for”: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question

How do the meanings of the following sentences differ: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question. For almost a century, researchers have been arguing over this question. I ...
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“it has been been…today” vs. “It was…today”

Edited Is it correct to the say: It has been been attempted to deliver today. My concern here is that I have mentioned “today “ so I think I have to use past simple always. Is it? It was attempted ...
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“Have you spoken English recently” vs. “Have you spoken in English recently”

Do you speak a language or speak in a language when asking if someone has been practising it? For example, which of these is better: A: Have you spoken English recently? B: Have you spoken in ...
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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If we used or if we have used

I'm wondering which one of these two sentences is correct? And if they both are correct, then what's the difference between them? For displacement maps we use 32 bit depth images in order to avoid ...
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“I have known her since I lived there” vs “I have known her since I have lived there”

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have known her since I lived in the street. I have known her since I have lived in the street. In Swan's 4th edition of ...
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Past Simple without specified time

I saw the following two sentence: The oldest person I met was 90 years old. Is it correct? Or would it be better as: The oldest person I've met was 90 years old.
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Diference between these sentences

I have to correct this sentence : I gave up drinking coffee. I don't drink it for a year. An answer should be at present perfect or present perfect continuous. I think the answer is "I gave up ...
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Why the adverb “lately” is sometimes used with the present progressive?

The following example is from this video. It is at 5 minutes and 48 seconds. You are killing it lately. I am confused because as this dictionary says the adverb is usually used with perfect tenses,...
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Did I answer or Have I answered?

I was talking to a person on chat. Yesterday he asked me a question. Today I replied, then added: Did I answer your question? Now that I think about it I should have probably phrased it like so: ...
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When he sees sisters or When he sees the sisters?

Which one is correct: Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees sisters being happy. Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees the sisters being ...
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Must not have + past participle

While reading a book, I encountered the following phrase: ...must not have (told) I found that confusing because my understanding was that "must not" is used to indicate that something is ...
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Present Perfect / Simple Past and “to come”

The difference between Present Perfect and Simple Past is that the first is somehow connected to the present and the latter is not. However, it seems to me that "connected to the present' is a little ...
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using present perfect or past perfect

Suppose that I wanted to borrow money from one of my friends. I went and saw him in his home. He has accepted my offer and has lent me the money I wanted. now I want to tell him: If you haven't ...
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present perfect associated only with the past

Is the following correct? I went to see a friend to see how she's been but when I got there she wasn't in. I think it should be "had been" because it is in the past. What do you think?
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“Lived” or “have lived”?

Complete the following sentence : I live in New York, but I ___________ (live) in Mexico for many years. what should we use "lived" or "have lived" and why ? what is the difference in meaning ? ...
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Do we use present perfect or past perfect when talking about repeated actions in the past?

I have a short query - Which of the following is the correct variant? "...just try to remember how many times you were angry that a new episode of your favorite series hasn’t been translated into ...
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When have you come? Vs when did you come?

I know that the adverb "when" can not be used in questions referring to present perfect. I have referred to many grammar books such as Raymond Murphy's and Micheal Swan's and all those books say that "...
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Present Perfect Vs. Simple Past in my sentence

Which one should I use? I've read The Little Prince, Chapter XVIV. It has been pretty good - It has been about [...] Or I've read the Little Prince, chapter XVIV. It was pretty good - It was ...
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how to distinguish between different uses of present perfect?

1- Complete the following exercise : I live in New York now ,but I ___________ (live) in Mexico for many years The answer is "lived" as my grammar book mentioned, But why? ,Since we use the ...
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What is the present relevance

However, work continued and today the major structural restoration is virtually complete. The building has been painted in a stone colour (as it was in 1827) to recreate as true a likeness as possible ...
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present perfect Vs present prefect continuous

Complete the following exercise: I am learning English. I ____________ English for six months (Learn). I know that present perfect and present prefect continuous are used to talk about actions ...
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“be in love” vs. “fall in love” in a perfect construction

Which one is correct grammatically? I've been in love with you ever since I saw you I've fallen in love with you ever since I saw you
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Is it better to use simple past or present perfect for a future event?

If any man hurts my daughter, I will hurt him as much as he has hurt her Could it be past simple as at the time of writing the hurting if there was one, it would be finished and hopefully would ...
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Present perfect common problem

I have bought this jacket earlier. This is wrong because the action of buying a jacket is already finished. However, you can say I have had this jacket for 4 years (present perfect here indicates ...
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'She drunk lots of beer' or 'She has drunk lots of beer'

I am confused about the following two sentences: 'She drunk lots of beer' or 'She has drunk lots of beer' In the Present Perfect Tense, which sentence is correct?