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I've felt relief of the headache [in] ten minutes after I've put on the ice?

February 5th.—The burning pain at the top of the head and the pain in the face were less severe; the pain in the arm and the pain and burning in the roof of the mouth and throat were again lessened, ...
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since she lived in Glasgow

a. Jane has been getting headaches since she lived in Glasgow. b. Jane has been getting headaches since she has lived in Glasgow. Do these imply that she is still in Glasgow? Do they imply that she is ...
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"You’ve been doing this before." vs. "You've done this before." / What is the difference in this context?

I find it extraordinary that my father’s 120 acres not only supported a wide range of livestock but also enabled him to do arable farming. From earliest childhood I can remember him growing wheat, ...
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When/Once/As soon as/After the rain [stops]/[has stopped]

Suppose it's raining. John and Samantha are standing at the window, watching the raindrops falling on the ledge. John says to her: 1. When the rain [stops]/[has stopped], I'll call Peter, and we'll ...
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I never left vs I have never left ( convey the meaning until now)

see the clip here In the movie Mother of the Bride, A bellman talking with the customers: (1) I came over here on holiday 32 years ago, and I never left So, how about this sentence using present ...
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Present perfect with "after" and "before"

I have done it many times after she came I have done it many times before she came I think 1 is correct because we talk about something what was done after some point in the past up to the present ...
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He didn't know that the meeting had/has been rescheduled

John, Peter, Rick, and some other colleagues from the office had agreed in person to meet at 4:00 pm to discuss business matters. However, John sent everyone an email informing them that he had ...
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Shoppers who've filled in everything but the total before they've set foot in the store.../ The exact meaning?

The old woman, rummaging through her purse, asks, "What was that again?" and the cashier - a frog-eyed gum chewer with dreads, a Live Strong bracelet, and a nametag-less green apron - says, &...
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Present Perfect + Before + Present Perfect vs. Past Simple / What is the difference?

KOTB: (Voiceover) Behind the shouting, behind the intense focus on basketball, coach is busy doing for these girls what he's been doing for 26 years. Shaping young lives. His reach extends well beyond ...
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I hadn't/haven't eaten sushi for three years

The last time John had sushi was three years ago. He and his friends go to a Japanese restaurant, and he orders some. After finishing his meal, he posts a story on Instagram: a picture of the sushi he ...
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Present Perfect + After + Present Perfect vs. Past Perfect / What is the difference?

She's prepared roast beef with a hollandaise sauce, a crab salad, and bought some baklava for dessert. "Incredible," Richard says. She watches him eat, eating little herself. When they've ...
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Present perfect in the main clause with "since"

I was told that when I use "since" I have to use the perfect tense in the main clause for instance I haven't visited her since yesterday Not I'm not visiting her since yesterday Yet I ...
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none of my boyfriends [has] complained

Scenario #1: John is Sarah's new boyfriend who's never eaten food that she makes. She says that she's going to make him dinner. He asks her if she cooks well, and she responds: 1. I've had a lot of ...
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Present Perfect + After + Past Perfect Continuous / Is this sequence correct?

Regarding the negative effects of substance abuse, as a therapist I can say that during my career I've had serious sessions with young people who have experienced extremely dangerous hallucinations ...
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Nuances of Present Perfect "Been": States That Continue to the Present

I'm trying to understand the nuances of the present perfect tense with "has/have been." Is it always used to indicate an action that started in the past and continues to the present? For ...
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Have deserved (Present Perfect)

Look at the situation: A. Here's your award. Congratulations! B. Thank you so much! A. You deserved it. Should it be "you've deserved it" here? To my mind, this is a classic case of Present ...
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John and I [have planned]/[are planning]/[plan] to go

Suppose John and Sarah are going to go to the beach today. They don't want to go alone, so they're calling their friends and asking them if they would like to join them. So they call Bob, he picks up, ...
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I had/have saved up for months to afford it

Suppose I'm telling my friend about what's happened to me lately, and, among other things, I say to him: 1. Yesterday, I bought a new laptop. I had saved up for months to afford it. My old laptop had ...
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Can we use Present Perfect Tense for actions that happened years ago, but I want the listener to focus on the result that is still relevant?

Can we use Present Perfect Tense for actions that happened years ago, but I want the listener to focus on the result that is still relevant? for the context, let’s say, I created a website a year ago....
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Is present perfect necessary here

"He has won the lottery today. He is rich now." "He won the lottery today. He is rich now" I think both are possible The first sentence connects "the winning" to "...
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What is the difference between the usage of present perfect and past simple in "It's not that I did, but I have" in this context

I was watching an American gamer Gino streaming his gameplay on Twitch.com and one of the people watching him said in the viewer's chat "Gino did PvP" (PvP stands for "Player vs Player&...
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Team A played/has played well

Suppose team A is playing team B. The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the game (team B wins). Ten seconds after that, a player on team B says: 1. Team A played well, but they lost ...
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Has been vs has gone vs went

An example from Burlington English - Choose the correct answer He has been/ has gone to the village to see his grandmother. The correct answer is 'has gone.' Why is 'has been' incorrect here ? I know ...
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Are you coming to see the movie?

What is the difference between the three answers or do they mean the same. Is the past perfect usage correct ? ( The past perfect tense is used to describe a past event that occurred prior to another ...
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Using present tense with dates

I am translating an historical text with really simple language (from French into English) and they used the present tense, that I'd like to keep. But as I started translating I realised that I wasn't ...
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a mistake in the book or a deficiency?

Our source book : A Practical English Grammar 4. by A. J. Thomson it describes the perfect tense I'm quoting as it is : B Sometimes, however, the action finishes at the time of speaking: (on meeting ...
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In general, most male adults have acted/acted rebelliously at a certain point in their lives. - are both acceptable when talking about a general idea?

Example 1 In general, most male adults have acted rebelliously at a certain point in their lives. Example 2 In general, most male adults acted rebelliously at a certain point in their lives. Are ...
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Right from the start + present perfect or simple past

I'm translating a reference letter written by a colleague for a student. The sentence is: Right from the start she has had no particular difficulty in integrating into the class group. Which option ...
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Which tense is correct? (simple past / present perfect / past perfect)

Mr. Kim (was / has been / had been) busy for two weeks last month. Which tense is correct when accompanied by the phrase 'for two weeks last month'?
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Long term vs short term events

Present perfect tense for long term action This page says we can use both present perfect simple and present perfect continuous tenses for long term event and only present perfect continuous tense for ...
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he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all

The very rich man never walks; he always goes in a carriage. But in the course of years, he wakes up one day paralyzed all over. Then he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all....
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have worked vs worked

I have worked in this hospital. I worked in this hospital. Hello. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do I need to add words at the end? ( for example for 5 years ) I know what perfect tense is,...
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Which is correct, "What exam have you had today" or "What exam did you have today"?

If somebody completed an exam at six pm and it is already nine pm, should I say "What exam have you had today" or "What exam did you have today"?
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can I say ' Baz has just seen a wreck and. he was swimming towards it '?

Is it correct to use present perfect 'yet or just' with past continuous in the same sentence?? Or I have to use present continuous?? ' Baz has just seen a wreck he is swimming towards it' ??
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What does "It has to have been done" mean?

I was watching this clip. In the clip, they say that study has to have been done. Here's the link to the video I am a little confused. What does it mean? Does it mean something that happened in the ...
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Are "I have already finished since 8 am" and "I finished since 8 am" correct?

This argument is relative to Britih English as American English doesn't tend to use the present perfect as much, at least informally. INTRO Usages of the present perfect include: Action that has ...
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Would present perfect be better in this context?

It has been a long time since I bought a record from your label. The Last one I bought was the teach me single. I was wondering if in the first sentence have bought would be better as I am going to ...
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Present perfect tense for life's experience

"I have been an officer before." Here I want to say is my life's experience that I was an officer. Is it correct?
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I slipped/have slipped on... I think I broke/have broken my

The following is from a movie called "Home Abduction" (here's a link to that moment on YouTube): Woman #2 goes upstairs. Woman #1 is waiting for her downstairs. Woman #1 hears woman #2 ...
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Why does this native english speaker on TV use Present Perfect in her sentence that contains "years ago"? --- "She has given up years ago."

This native english speaker is telling about how she has quit 40-year habit of smoking. She says: "Linda, my sister, used to smoke. She has given up years ago, years ago." ITV-Coleen quit 40-...
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"Do you have planned" vs "Have you planned"

So, what exactly do you have planned for your little jaunt up north? https://www.spanishdict.com/examples/jaunt?lang=en I think the above sentence should be expressed as follows: So, what exactly ...
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I never wanted this watch

I never wanted this watch. I’ve never wanted this watch. I’ve heard sentences like (1) very often by natives and they really use the past simple to say the same thing as the present perfect (If I am ...
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“have played golf”?

I have played golf for many years. (have played indicates an action continuing into the present.) For example : I have played golf for many years. I can win this game very easily. Speaking about this ...
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work/worked and know/known?

Normally, when we use stative verbs in perfect tense, we prefer simple perfect tense, not perfect continuous, and we know that they mean the same thing. I have worked here for 3 years. or I have been ...
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He hasn’t worked for years?

What does the sentence '' He hasn't worked for years '' actually tell us? He hasn't worked for years. ( ... still doesn't work ) He hasn't worked for years. ( until now ) but now he will ?
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John has finished sawing a board (present tense narrative)

Man #2 is about to start winding up a cord when man #1 comes up to him. They have the following conversation (here's a link to the video on YouTube): Man #1: "What are you doing?" Man #2: &...
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she has been good?

There's a scenario like this : We are in the hospital. our friend is lying in the hospital bed. everything is going well and then he suddenly collapses. at that time the doctor comes in and asks us ...
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Momentary verbs

1 I'm an athele and I have high jumped in competitions for over 7 years 2 I'm an athelte and I have been high jumping in competitions for over 7 years. Now, I'm sure that 2 is correct, but I have ...
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He [had] promised to help, but he [has] bailed out on us

John promises Bob and Bill that he will help them, but then he simply doesn't turn up at the agreed time. Bob calls Peter (who cannot answer the call at the moment) and leaves him a voice message: 1. ...
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Difference between 'Used to be' and 'have been'

There used to be four cinemas in the town. Now there is only one. There have been four cinemas in the town. Now there is only one. What's the difference between these two sentences?
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