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Wrote a song/has written a song

There is a sentence: She has written /wrote a song for him (without any additional information) Am I right by thinking that the variant of this sentence is more correct with Present perfect (has ...
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has /had tried and failed [closed]

The following is an extract from CNN. I'm wondering if "has tried and failed" should have been "had tried and failed." Nearly 200 nations reached a climate agreement on Saturday ...
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Why is Present Perfect used if we talk about youth?

He seems to know French very well: he is said to have spent his youth in Paris
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Did I make the good choice by using present perfect

I bought a book through mail order and the seller sent me an email asking me if the address he had was good and this is my answer If you could write 750000 instead of 750010 it would be better but ...
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Present Perfect or Simple Past for hypothetical situations?

I wonder what verb tense I should use when I'm making hypothetical sentences. For instance: Imagine you're writing a book with an intention in mind, and when people read your work, they get a ...
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"It have looked" - Is it correct sentence?

It have looked like i was running away. Is this correct? And if it is, why? I tried to find the answer, but I couldn't. All the dictionaries tell me that it's correct, but why isn't it "It has ...
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"Match has been delayed/postponed for two days"."He has been jailed/punished for two years"

"Match has been delayed/postponed for two days"."He has been jailed/punished for two years" I need to ask whether "subject+has been+past participle+for two years" ...
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Is present perfect better here?

I thought I had already paid for this order until I received the confirmation of the order but not of the payment so I made another payment. I hope the first payment had not gone through and ...
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Present Perfect Or Past Indefinite [duplicate]

Do they convey the same meaning, or is there a difference? I saw her today. I have seen her today.
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Is anything wrong with the sentence "Who watched it?"

When asking a group of people about whether or not they've seen a certain movie, are there any arguments against using the following sentence: "Who watched it?" Using the past simple ...
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"I haven't" "I hadn't" "I didn't" Which one is the best in the context?

Please imagine you liked Super Mario when you were a kid and that you are going to play it for the first time in a decade or two. Before playing it, you'd say "Oh, I haven't played Super Mario ...
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present perfect vs simple present

1.Frank will return the book if he has finished reading it. 2.The project will not start until all the preparations have been made. These sentences are from a workbook. I'm wondering if the perfect ...
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Which of this usage is correct 'have not been understood' or 'have not been understanding'? [duplicate]

They have not been understood the problem till now. They have not been understanding the problem till now. Which of this is correct? I think I can't use 'understanding' because 'to understand' can't ...
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Simple past or present perfect with the word "always" and "never" for actions until now

I would like to ask about the use of present perfect and simple past with the word " never" and "always" for actions until now. As I know, for actions until now we should use ...
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since John has died [closed]

I suspect dialectal variation is involved concerning whether "has Vpp" is used properly with "since" in relation to durative and punctual predicates in the following. Note also ...
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(Since + past simple) or (Since + present perfect)?

The explanation taken from my grammar book says In a setence which includes a time clause with since, we generally prefer a past simple verb in the time clause and a present perfect verb in the main ...
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Are both (past simple) and (present perfect) used interchangeably to talk about repeated past actions?

The question in the title is corroborated by the explanations from Hewing's. [1] We usually use the past simple rather than the past continuous to talk about repeated past actions: We went to Spain ...
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"Have you seen" or "did you see" Amy Winehouse in concert?

Is it possible to say: "Have you ever seen Amy Winehouse in concert?" "Have you had the experience of seeing her perform?" Present perfect because this experience will stay with ...
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Passive present simple instead of passive present perfect

(1) It is reported that he was present at the crime scene. (2) It has been reported that he was present at the crime scene. I am sure that the second sentence is correct. Is the first one ...
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Should the present perfect form of the verb "continue" not be used in the following sentence?

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Frankly, I think the point it makes is rather obvious, but to my surprise the publication was followed by a further flood of objections that - more ...
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Is 'I forget how to do something' correct?

Suppose someone says: Hey, can you help me solve this algebra problem? What should I say if I want to use the word forget? Sorry, I forget how to do algebra. Sorry, I've forgotten how to do algebra....
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"Joan walked out and has left her bag"

(1) Joan walked out and has left her bag It seems that (1) is not good because it violates a tense agreement rule. Is that right? Then, I am wondering what differences there exist between sentence (...
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A deceased person as a subject in a present perfect sentence

Is it correct to use The Present Perfect when we want to say that a person who died in the past (has) taught us something? My grandfather has taught me that...
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Does a combination of Past simple + present perfect in one sentence sound very strange?

A book I am reading states that sentence (1) below sounds very strange, but it does not give any explanation about the oddness. Joan walked out and has left her bag. I have tried to figure out why (...
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if you've finished your work (by then)

Q: What are we gonna do tomorrow at 5:00? A1: Well, we'll go grab something to eat if you've finished your work (by then). A2: Well, we'll go grab something to eat if you finished your work (by then). ...
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Used to vs present perfect

One of my colleague asked her students to rephrase this sentence: We started to write to each other three years ago. And her answer is: We used to write to each other in two years. I see something ...
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Putting 'that' after 'have always been'

What I've known so far concerning the usage of past perfect is that this tense will be used when someone did something and he/she wants to talk about it in the present or the event itself still holds ...
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Can we use a simple future noun clause in a present perfect?

I want to say that my friend and I will not know something happens until tomorrow. Can I say: We haven't known what will happen. [1] Somebody told me that a clause is a noun clause when I can ...
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Why are both "since I went ..." and "since I've been ..." OK?

I've just done an exercise. It is: A: How often do you go to the cinema? B: Very rarely. It's nearly a year ___________ to the cinema. And the answer is "since I've been / since I went". (...
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Recent actions present perfect continuous

If I am not mistaken present perfect continuous is correct in these examples. But if the person has already left would it be wrong to use present perfect continuous in A B and C? "So, you are ...
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How long have you waited? [duplicate]

Can I use present perfect in questions when the person is still waiting or has stopped waiting? I mean in both cases. A: "You are still there. It's unbelievable! How long have you waited for them?...
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verb tense past simple or present perfect [duplicate]

We have a problem with your latest delivery - it ARRIVED 3 days late again. We have a problem with your latest delivery - it HAS ARRIVED 3 days late again. Which verb tense is correct?
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you've gotten it right!

To mean, "you are correct", we sometimes say: you got it right! you've got it right! (used in BrE, not sure about AE) you've gotten it right! (used in AE??) Are they all correct? Are ...
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present perfect: has settled for ages

Is "settled" used properly in the following? John has settled in New York for ages. Should 'settled" be changed to "been settled"?
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"To" or "that" after passive construction?

When I study, I saw sentence like this: Earthquake rupture has been thought to happen by enlargement of a crack. There is a information for this sentence in my book and by the way "has been ...
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I have worked on these five projects since Monday

I give a few situations below: a) Suppose today is Saturday, and I started working on all of my five projects simultaneously on Monday. I continuously worked on them for 5 days and today I might ...
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has written / did write / wrote in questions

I have this (incorrect) sentence: “How many plays has William Shakespeare written?”. How does it need to be corrected and why exactly: How many plays did William Shakespeare write? How many plays ...
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Confusion about the difference in usage between present perfect and past perfect to give news

The book titled Oxford English Grammar by Swan says it's common to use present perfect to give news. However, when we give or ask for more past details, the book suggests the readers to use simple ...
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Can we use infinitive to after (has/have/had) been with the same meaning when we use gerund?

I took this sentence below from Oxford English Grammar Intermediate by Swan. I've been to sleep three times during this lesson. I've never seen that construction before. What I've seen so far is (...
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Learning or Having learnt/Hearing or Having heared

Hearing/Learning that you want to buy flowers,I’m writing to give you some advice. Are “hearing” and “learning ” used right here?Should I use “having heared” and “having learnt”? because I think if I ...
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What is the rule in the conjunction of sentences that are using present perfect?

I'm using conjunction between two phrases, both of them are using the present perfect tense. My question is: should I repeat the auxiliary verb have/has or I should use it only the first time? and ...
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How long have you met him?

So I was helping my friend with her English and she asked me to explain this question: When did you first meet him? -> How long have you met him? I know the form When did + Subject + first + Verb =&...
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Why is Present Perfect not used in "Did you ever take a class in school just because you heard the person you liked was taking it?"

I found a sentence in a certain online test. It has been created by native English speakers, so I believe its grammar must be correct. Now, here is a sentence that made me wonder: "Did you ever ...
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What's the difference between want vs wanted

Can I always use wanted in the following sentences to show politeness? and will it cause confusion to the listener as they may think that I've changed my mind before saying to them? or if I speak in ...
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I have been in/to Edinburgh Castle

Am I right that a preposition "in" is more appropriate in the first sentence because after that I wrote about that time I spent (It was exciting.)? Maybe, it is better to use another ...
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The hospital (has closed / has been closed)

How to know exactly whether I have to add "been" when I use present perfect? For example: The Victoria Hospital in Miltown ___ (1. close) to new patients after more cases of food poisoning. ...
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I'd barely said my name before he (have/had) slapped me

Consider the following three sentences: I'd barely said my name before he slapped me. I'd barely said my name before he had slapped me. I'd barely said my name before he have slapped me. Is there ...
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Which is more appropriate? "I was married" OR "I have been married"?

Suppose, we're (I and my wife) asked by people how long our marriage is since we got married. Which tense should I use? Past tense or perfect tense or else? We were married for 15 years. We've been ...
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Present perfect / Past simple

I always face difficulties while selecting the correct tense to express my idea. Which tense should I use in this case? Present simple or past perfect? I write and save an essay in my computer. But, ...
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Tenses for questions and responses

-Where have you been? -I've been at Ivan's. -Where were you? -I was at Ivan's. -Where have you been? -I was at Ivan's. -Where were you? -I've been at Ivan's. Are all of these dialogues correct? What'...

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