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Questions related to the present simple or simple present, which can be used to express such things as actions or events that take place habitually, a general state and arranged future events.

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Can I use Present simple and Present Perfect in the same sentence?

No one claims to be able to cure a genetic disease, but there have been some improvements. Is the use of present simple and present perfect in the same sentence correct?
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I work / I'm working / I've been working

Someone asks us what our job is. What's the difference between these three answers? I'm a secretary. I work in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I'm working in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I've ...
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Past tense in relative clauses to describe facts and general truth

I know that we use the present simple tense for general facts and truths, but I'm struggling with more complex sentences when I want to give an "order" for facts. For example: "Adults ...
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What is is difference between "As long as I am selling" and "As long as I can sell"?

I am reading a book. It says there is a bakery owner who wants everyone will be hungry for one thing - his donuts! So he invented a special donut recipe. As result, his donuts are turning people into ...
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Why do the author choose present simple with so far

We wanted to send out an update to you, as we really do appreciate the continued support.. Whilst we still enjoy the recent and previous record releases for this year so far, we wanted to let you know ...
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Present simple and present continuous difference

What is the difference between this two sentences: "He doesn't listen to me" and "He isn't listening to me"? Do they mean different things? What tense in what case should i use?
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do you see/are you seeing

A: Why don't you just focus on making the best of it for yourself as well as for your children? B: Maybe that's what I'm trying to do. A: But then why do you only see / are you only seeing them a ...
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Can we use simple present tense here?

Here I found the following sentence. When you use your phone while charging, the battery is charging at a slower rate than normal to allow enough power for the ongoing usage. Can I use simple ...
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Does he *has* a ball?

As we know, third person singular uses "has" instead of "have". But why do you say, "Does he have a ball? Yes, he has a ball."
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When I tell a story in the past, shouldn't I use past tense when the verbs are describing states?

I asked someone to correct my sentence in the other site, the sentence is: I saw her yelling at her boyfriend, but he seemed to be indifferent. They corrected the sentence for the usage of the tense ...
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"It's believed to have served" vs "It's believed to serve"

I've recently spotted the following sentence and it got me thinking: It's believed to have served as... What kind of grammatical structure is this? Why is present perfect being used here? Would it ...
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present simple or progressive?

If I am talking to a friend and he sends me a video, I see someone in the video doing something. And I want to write my friend about that person. Should I use the present simple or present progressive?...
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we're trying to figure it out as we're going

Let's say you need to get to some destination, but you don't know the exact route to that destination. I've sometimes heard people say we're trying to figure it out as we go Why is present simple ...
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All magic comes with a price. Why "comes" not "come"?

"Once Upon a Time" series character Rumpelstiltskin has catchphrase "All magic comes with a price". Is it grammatically correct? I know that magic can be countable or uncountable, ...
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Their arrival comes after

In the following passage, is the present-tense "comes" used properly after a series of past events? Objectively, the arrival was over. Shouldn't it have been "came"? They had some ...
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The Present Simple is used as a condition. Why not 'will'?

I'm not sure if it's the right word, but I feel like the Present Simple is sometimes used as a 'condition'. For example: If you do that, this will happen. I'll call you when I arrive. Clean your ...
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Difference in meaning between "It is 500 miles" and "it is going to be 500 miles" in context

Would you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between it is 500 miles and it is going to be 500 miles in the context below? The load is going from New York to Ohio. It is 500 miles in total/...
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Why does it use simple present of "change" for a past event?

There is dialog on "The Vampire Diaries" that "my parents died and everything changes" Why is "changes" used instead of "changed" or "has changed"?
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"The one who stays" vs. "the one who will stay" in context

Would you tell me if both the following sentences are perfectly natural? The one who stays after work this coming Friday will get paid twice the rate for each hour. The one who will stay after work ...
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What is the difference between "I expect a call in the afternoon" and "I'm expecting a call in the afternoon"? [closed]

Would you tell me what is the difference between I expect a call in the afternoon and I'm expecting a call in the afternoon? Are both perfectly natural? If so, which one is more common?
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would the native says: From the very first day he shows us that he is a man who takes no lip off nobody

Is the use of the simple present correct in the example bel: **From the very first day he shows us that he is a man who takes no lip off nobody **
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Is there any difference between "what time should I expect your call" and "what time should I be expecting your call"?

Is there any difference between what time should I expect your call and what time should I be expecting your call? For example: Person A: I'll call you tomorrow and we'll talk about the trip. Person ...
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Present or past simple as cause of action, if it still holds true

I was wondering whether I should say: I didn't prepare the report because I didn't have necessary data. or I didn't prepare the report because I don't have necessary data. if I still don't have ...
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"Check with someone to see if they are willing to..." or "check with someone to see if they will be willing to..."?

Could you tell me if I have to use the present simple or the future simple in the context below? First I need to check with the driver to see if they are willing to sell the car for that money. First ...
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Present perfect?

Is it correct to use have in this sentence? “I have blocked all of them and I’d like you to do the same.” If it is correct, why can’t I use it without have?
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Which tense is it the most natural to use when you describe something that happens in a recording?

Which tense is it the most natural to use when you describe something that happens in audio: the present simple, past simple, or past continuous. For example: We are going to listen to a recording, ...
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Do we use article with gerud in present simble with 'be'?

I am wondering about the following pattern of sentence: The first and the main reason is the producing new goods for... Do we need to put bold "the" to distinguish present continuous from ...
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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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Pointing out for direction - should I use present continuous or simple present

My friend was looking for a lighter and I pointed him toward a guy who had stood with a citrate (not the best example, but, hey, it is a real situation). I said "This guy smokes"while ...
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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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Is it correct and natural to say "the load is picking up in Boston" meaning the pick-up point is in Boston?

Would you tell me if it's correct and natural to say the load is picking up in Boston meaning the pick-up point is in Boston? For example: The load is picking up in Boston at 5PM tomorrow and is ...
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Present tense and Perfective Interpretation

I was reading about Perfective and Imperfective interpretation of a clause Where author, Rodney Huddleston, says that 'I promise to be back for lunch' has perfective interpretation and 'Sue mows the ...
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Which pronoun belongs to "Atheist"

I have an excersise where I have to fill the gap with the verb "believe" in present simple: "An atheist ______ in God" I was thinking the pronoun of an atheist would be "it&...
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"We don't install..." or "We didn't install..."?

I'm confused about whether I should choose present simple or past simple in this context: X: Why can't I find the Wi-Fi network? Y: Err... We __(install) Wi-Fi in our home. Note that Y has no ...
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Is it okay to use the present simple in this case? [closed]

There’s the snow. This snow didn’t melt, isn’t melting and will never melt. Then, is ‘the snow melts if the air temperature is above 32°F’ a valid sentence?
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Action done for the whole life and is over now - Past Simple or Present Perfect?

If there is a man who had a beard and still has a beard, we would say: He has worn a beard for his whole life. What if he had his beard shaved off yesterday? Shall we still use Present Simple while ...
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Correct tense form for choosing something from given options

My friend and I were discussing some phrases. I asked her to choose one out of three of them. When she did she said: "I choose this one". Is present simple tense valid here? Since she has ...
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Why does 'it is sounding like...' incorrect?

I deduced like in the title above by the reason of information I got from my book, but I doubt that it is not correct to use Why does it is sounding like... The problem is taken from an exercise book [...
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(Do/Don't/Did) you remember that X did sth (in the past)?

Context: I was in dispute with a guy, we talked about a character of a film. He said, she (the character) was nice and shouldn't be killed in the film. I want to remind him, however, I don't know ...
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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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It becomes cheaper Or it is becoming cheaper [closed]

Should I use present simple or progressive with "all the time"? "Technology becomes cheaper all the time."
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Is "I do drink" a strange form of the Present Simple?

Can I say "I do drink a cup of tea"? it is Macmillan student's book. There is a multiple choice exercise that you need choose the correct tense for a sentence "Actually, I _______ a ...
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Is there any difference between "I still work" and "I'm still working"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between I still work and I'm still working? For example: Person A: Hey, I haven't seen you in ages. What's new with you? Person B: Same old. I still work/...
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If the dog transforms into the cat and the cat meows [closed]

If the dog transforms into the cat and the cat meows, can I say “the dog meows (after the dog transforms into the cat)”? If the dog transformed into the cat and meowed, we can say “the dog meowed.” ...
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Present simple tense: general truth [closed]

Present simple tense can be used for general truth. And “general truth” means “something true for most or all cases. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, 0 degrees Celsius. Shouldn’t this ...
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Is it incorrect to say I'm 20 years old next month?

Is it incorrect to say I'm 20 years old next month. I'm learning through an English app. It says that the sentence above is incorrect and the correct answer is I shall be 20 years old next month. ...
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Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? [closed]

Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? Which one would be grammatically correct?
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Is it correct to use "since" with the verb hate or like?

Can I say, for example: I hate math since I was in primary school! or I hated math since I was in primary school! Can I use "since" with the present simple tense?
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