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Is there any difference: "I had an accident." and "I have been in an accident."

I had an accident. I have been in an accident. Although the first sentence seems more common, today I have come across the second sentence and got suprised. I checked online and saw it frequently used ...
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I've been working in a cafe since I was a freshman

I am a junior now. I worked in a cafe when I was a freshman, and now I am still working there. Can I use the following sentence to express the idea just given? I've been working in a cafe since I was ...
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I haven't seen him since I've been in London

"I haven't seen him since I've been in London". What does this sentence above mean? Does it mean I haven't seen him since I moved to London or I haven't seen him since I left London? ...
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I'd known nothing "until", "when", or "before" I read that article

I read an article about Taj Mahal in India yesterday. Before reading this article, I knew nothing about it. Here are three sentences: I'd known nothing about Taj Mahal UNTIL I read that article ...
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Ten survivors have been saved "since" or "while" they've been searching

Ten survivors have been saved since they've been searching the wreckage of the airplane. Ten survivors have been saved while they've been searching the wreckage of the airplane. Are these correct ...
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Do you use "since" and "ago" in one sentence?

I learnt at school that you say "I've lived in N.Y. for five years" and that you never say "I've lived in N.Y. since five years ago." However, I found this sentence in a children's ...
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"Have you ever eaten sushi?" "No, I haven't." vs "No, I never have." What's the difference?

When you talk about your experience, 1A) "I haven't eaten sushi before." 1B) "I've never eaten sushi before." Is there any difference? When you answer a question like "Have ...
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Any difference between "when you finish" and "when you have finished"?

Which would be more suitable for a teacher to say to their students? A) Please raise your hand when you finish your test. I'll go check on it. B) Please raise your hand when you have finished your ...
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Present perfect for actions that are still ongoing or have just finished

Can present perfect be used in the following situations? Present perfect continuous is the usual choice, but do native speakers use present perfect simple too? "It has rained for two hours" ...
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the verb "have" in present perfect: How can I express repetition of having?

I learned that you "have" not momentary, so you can say "I have had my dog for five years" or etc. using "had" in a meaning of continuation. But I think in this case the ...
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Using present perfect and past simple in two phrases connected with "once"

Someone wrote a sentence in my language and asked whether the noun he used was defined (a noun is considered defined if an adjective modifies it). I said the equivalent of: In the phrase "a ...
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A question about verbs in time clauses

I'll have finished the letter by the time you come back. I'll have finished the letter by the time you have come back. Do these sentences mean the same? If so, why?
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Emphasizing a Sentence in Perfect Tense

If we want to emphasize the predicate of a simple tense sentence, we only need to add the auxiliary verb “do” (or “did”). Example: I came here. I did come here. (emphasized) However, what can we do ...
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I've been travelling/I've travelled for 4 hours

It is now 1 p.m and I've been travelling for 4 hours and have just arrived. The journey was quite exhausting so I say: "I'm tired because I've just been travelling for 4 hours. At 4 p.m I'm still ...
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"I have made" or "I made" [duplicate]

In this sentence, Over the past few weeks I've been doing a lot of baking. I have made pizza, buns, cookies and banana bread. Those are my accomplishments. would it be okay to simply say "I ...
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"while" and present perfect

Is the following OK? Can "while" be used with a present perfect in the main clause? John has eaten two platefuls of spaghetti while he is watching football.
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I have usually liked

I found these sentences on the site where the grammar rules about the use of present perfect were explained: I have usually liked the people I worked with. I have usually liked the people I have ...
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"has always fascinated" vs "always fascinates"

Science has always fascinated him. As I understand it, this phrase "always + fascinate" is very commonly used with Present/Past Perfect. I can't understand why if we have the Present Simple'...
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Present perfect + past simple (sequence of tenses)

I came across these sentences: "I've found out that you lied. "I've discovered that she was untrue to me". It confuses me, because I thought, that according to the rule "...
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When writing a troubleshooting, should the "explanation part" that determines the cause start with "has" or "had"?

For example, there's an issue with the computer not powering on. In the "explanation" or "solving" section, should I write: "The cable has been unplugged. Please plug it in.&...
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Which sentence is correct? (Had vs has)

"After a client had performed Step 1 but HAD not performed Step 2, he/she will.." OR "After a client had performed Step 1 but HAS not performed Step 2, he/she will.." I think ...
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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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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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Has been/has gone [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct "Jack has never been to America" or "Jack has never gone to America"
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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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"the question has arisen more than once" "the question has been arising more than once" [closed]

Is it more correct to say "the question has arisen more than once" or "the question has been arising more than once". Or maybe it's much better to say: "the question arose&...
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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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