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Are enjoying or have enjoyed

What is the difference between I hope you are enjoying your vacation and you have enjoyed your vacation. I think have enjoyed can mean that the vacation has just finished but is there another ...
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“a team of graphics editors, designers and editors brought the project to life this month.” is the statement correct?(It's taken from an article)

I think we can only use "this month" with the present perfect tense not with the past tense. Here 'this month' is used with past tense which is wrong I think because we specify the time ...
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Confusion with the rule that describes how present perfect simple/continuous tenses are used

In the book "English Grammar in Use" (Murphy Raymond), I encountered the following example when talking about present perfect tense: John hasn't studied very well this term. and explains ...
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I've spent (at least) a year in the US

He's spent (at least) a year in the US. He spent (at least) a year in the US. Which is correct? Is "spend" a stative verb?
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had started or started in perfect tense?

This is my sentence: It's been 2 years since the pandemic started. So I guess you understand what I want to say. But I'm confused if I should just use 'pandemic started' OR 'pandemic has/had started'...
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which one must be used with “lately” in THIS question?

I saw this test ==> Why ....... any good news lately? and doubted between these two choices: hasn't there been there hasn't been which one must be used here, with lately?
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“hit” or “has hit” in a news story

The following two paragraphs are taken from a news story. I'm wondering if the past-tense form "hit" and the present-perfect "has hit" should have been swithced around. At the very ...
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I’ve been traveling quite a bit since we saw each other last Christmas [closed]

I’ve been traveling quite a bit since we saw each other last Christmas. I’ve travelled quite a bit since we saw each other last Christmas. He’s been spending a lot of time at the gym. He’s spent a ...
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I always thought that he was a great teacher [duplicate]

I've always thought that he was a great teacher. I always thought that he was a great teacher. If I've just changed my opinion about him being a great teacher, can I say that (2) and (3) mean the ...
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Is the duration too specific for present perfect? And should I use “was” or “is” in the same sentence?

I’m having trouble phrasing this sentence, I’d be grateful if somebody could help me: For the past ten days I’ve pretended to revise, appeared studious in front of my teacher, and slept on my books ...
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Present perfect continuous instead of the present perfect BrE/AmE

I have been studying the difference between the present perfect continuous and the present perfect. I have read different opinions about these sentences: She has been teaching English for two years ...
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he has experience in both criminal and civil litigation

”I think he will appreciate the enormous difference between participating in the justice system as an advocate and becoming one who is responsible for making just law and accurate determinations,” ...
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Which is ‘more correct’: “It has been a month since you graduated” or “It has been a month since you ʜᴀᴠᴇ graduated”?

I am unsure on whether to use or to omit the word have in a particular sentence: It has been a month since you graduated. It has been a month since you have graduated. I believe that it may be ok ...
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Present perfect questions with past simple answers

I've seen a question "Have you cried while watching a movie?" Should I answer it with past tense if I want to name a specific movie? "I cried during Titanic" Or "I have ...
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“Since/For weeks he had been waiting for the reply.”

I am not sure what to use in the following sentence: Since/For weeks he had been waiting for the reply. (He is still waiting for the reply. He hasn't received it yet) I have searched and found that &...
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“Did you already…?” and “Have you already…?”

Is there any semantic difference between "Did you already" and "Have you already" questions? For example: 1a) Did you already do your homework? 1b) Have you already done your ...
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He has been having headaches for the past ten days

What is the difference between: He has been having headaches for the past ten days. He has had headaches for the past ten days. Is the main verb "have" of sentences (1) and (2) a ...
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Why does this sentence use “have had” (present perfect) instead of just “had” (past)?

I am currently learning english for my CAE exam. I stumbled across this sentence: As soon as I have had a look at the designs, I will send them to you. Why is it have had in this case and not just ...
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He has been a victim of fraud

He has been a victim of fraud. He has been a victim of fraud on several occasions. He has been very helpful. He has been very helpful on several occasions. What is the difference between (1) and (...
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In present perfect, can you use a phrase to describe condition after “since”?

I have a question about a phrase that comes after "since" when you use present perfect tense. When you joined a local sports club and got to know someone years ago, and neither you nor that ...
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What tense should I use in this sentence?

During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they have learned in grade 2. or During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they learned in grade 2. For me it looks more ...
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I/some people/people have experienced symptoms when I/they had pneumonia

I have experienced these three symptoms when I had pneumonia. I experienced these three symptoms when I had pneumonia. What is the difference between (1) and (2)?
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Patients have been having symptoms such as nausea

Patients have been having symptoms such as nausea and fatigue. (dynamic main verb "have") Patients have had symptoms such as nausea and fatigue. (dynamic main verb "have") I have ...
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What is the reason using “always” in the present perfect?

I saw a movie with its title "We have always lived in the castle". If they meant to describe the pronoun "we" are living there until they die, why didn't they use future tense then?...
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I've taken the dog for a walk

(1) "I've taken the dog for a walk." Where have you been?' (2) "I've been taking the dog for a walk." What is the difference between (1) and (2)? Do you say (1) when you return ...
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What have you done or what did you do? [duplicate]

Suppose a child is accused of misbehaviour and the parent wants to know what the child has done. Would it be okay to ask the child: "what have you done?" or should they say "what did ...
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Why is the present perfect used instead of simple past?

In an article about whether it is safe for pregnant women to cycle, a woman who is no longer pregnant ( she has recently given birth to her second child) says: "I have cycled during both ...
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Can I use present perfect to replace past perfect? [closed]

A: When you went to the US last year, was it your first visit? B: No, I'd been there twice before. Does it still make sense if I replace I'd been with I've been? If no, why not?
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'Last Friday, we have announced 18 trainees who [HAVE BEEN/ WERE] selected to join our program'

Last Friday, we have announced 18 trainees who were selected to join our program. Last Friday, we have announced 18 trainees who have been selected to join our program. which one is correct?
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has been Ving since … vs. is Ving after

Are both the following sentences correct? If so, what's the difference? a. Mary has still been lingering in the park since she left the office. b. Mary is still lingering in the park after she left ...
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“When I've pulled up your hat I've seen your braids” or should I use the past simple?

Let's say I have just seen my daughter's braids under her hat. Should I say to her: Baby when I've pulled up your hat I've seen your braids or Baby when I pulled up your hat I saw your braids The ...
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What tense is used in “how the hell else could he have been flying off to Asia”?

The source is from the the movie "My Dinner with Andre. The full sentence is "People have always known that he had some money somewhere, I mean, how the hell else could he have been flying ...
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What is the usage of tenses in this paragraph?

I have a misunderstanding of usage of the tenses in this paragraph: He didn't know what to make of his younger son. He'd thought they'd been close. He'd made a special effort to spend time with Jack ...
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Speak vs speaking in a sentence

I read this sentence: "You've frequently heard me speak of her." As a language learner, if I say this sentence it would be like: " You've frequently heard me speaking of her." I ...
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Why is the present perfect tense used in this sentence?

I've been learning English for 4 month, but I don't completely understand how to use the present perfect tense in the correct way. For example: why does the computer show the message: The file has ...
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Is it correct to say “I have been leaving the cake uncovered for 2 hours and now it's very stale”?

I think this sentence “I have been eating for 2 hours and now I am so full” is not wrong. Say, now is 12pm and I started leaving the cake uncovered at 10am and the cake was uncovered from 10am until ...
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Why is “have you just farted” okay, but “have you just smoked” not?

If someone has just farted and I can smell it, I can say: "Have you just farted?" If someone has been smoking and I can smell it, I say: "Have you been smoking?" It is not ...
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What's the difference between `Where did you think I was all this time?` and `Where did you think I have been all this time?`?

I have recently heard the first sentence Where did you think I was all this time? in a movie but my intuition as a non native speaker tells me that present perfect would suit better this case because &...
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“since the very first time” + Present Perfect to denote only one-time action

"Since the very first lesson she has established herself as a very active student with bright ideas and non-standard thinking and continued likewise throughout this whole academic year." ...
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How can I know the meaning of “Have been” without “For” or “Since”?

This question is about time. If I just say to someone, for example, "You have been a fool", am I talking that the guy was a fool in the past and still being a fool in the present, or that ...
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Can simple past used as present perfect

I am confused about these two dialogues where Tom wants to borrow a big amount of money from Jim who is a very stingy person. Tom is talking to Steve about it. Tom, Jim, and Steve are very close ...
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Can present perfect replace past perfect?

First sentence: Biden also said he had told the Israelis to stop "intercommunal fighting" in the flashpoint city of Jerusalem. I have read present-perfect-vs-past-perfect, but still have ...
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Using the verb “to have” + present simple verb

Working on the book: Raymond Murphy. "English Grammar in Use - Fifth Edition" (p. 248) You have just run one kilometre, but you are exhausted. You say: I feel like I’ve (just) run a ...
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present continuous with from vs present perfect continuous with since

Is this the right sentence grammatically? People are still using this Gist from 2013. I think ‘People have been using this gist since 2013’ should be right. But I am not sure, Maybe the above one is ...
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Is being vs Has been

Which sentence is correct? I wonder why he is being so nice to me today. Usually, he doesn't even say "Hi!" I wonder why he has been so nice to me today. Usually, he doesn't even say "...
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Past Simple and Present Perfect Usage in Daily Life

I have been searching for the differences between these two tenses. I thought I finally understand them but when I watch a movie, the usage of simple past tense is different than I expected. Most of ...
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Cannot understand the grammar used in the sentence “I'd love to have lived in the 19th century”

I came across this sentence in the one of the English knowledge tests, and it really confused me. It turned out that I cannot say "I'd love to live in the 19th century" because of some ...
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Can I use a clause that in the present perfect tense along with a clause that includes “since”?

I wonder if it is correct to use a clause that includes the present perfect tense along with a clause that includes "since." Do you think sentences like the ones below are correct if I am ...
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Which option is correct?

I started cooking I have started cooking I don't quite understand the difference between the two options. Are both correct? Is okay to use two verbs in the same sentence, one following the other in ...
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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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