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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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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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Half my money is invested in property

Half my money is invested in property. Can sentence 1 have two meanings, (a) or (b) below, depending on context? a) the money is currently invested in property. Here, "invested" acts as an ...
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Future simple tense + before + present simple tense

• Is the following sentence formation/structure correct? (I found it in a book). John will come before Adam comes. • What is the simplified meaning of this sentence ?
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Place of a time expression in a negative sentence

Is it possible to put the time expressions before or after the negative word? Or is there only one way? For example : The students usually don't like eating fish The students don't usually like eating ...
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Can we use present simple to make another future point for future perfect continuous?

Is this sentence correct? I will have been teaching for 20 years by the time l become 40. Can I use present simple to make another future point for future perfect continuous?
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What is the difference between “always tells” and “is always telling”?

I was doing Destination C1 and C2 grammar and vocabulary exercises when I came across this: My dad ———————(always/tell) jokes, they’re mostly rubbish, though. I thought the answer is "always ...
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Why is present perfect used here?

We have been waiting for Nancy for the last 2 hours, but she still hasn't arrived. It's really confusing for me that why they used present perfect at the end of sentence when the first part of the ...
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Combining present with past

I am currently reading "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson and when describing a sequence of events, the writer constantly forms these sentences: First, he separated the bulbs [...]. Then he ...
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I reserve or I am reserving

I found a very rare book on the internet. I had been looking for it for a long time . I emailed the seller and he answered "OK I am reserving it for you or I reserve it for you". I think ...
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Tenses in subordinate clauses

In most subordinate clauses we can't use "will" to refer to the future. This is usually true after conjuntions of time, question words, if, whether and in defining relative clauses. However, ...
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What grammar should I use to talk about an action I've been doing for a long time and will definitely keep doing?

What grammar should I use if I want to talk about a routine action (something like "running, biking, wrestling, bowling") that I have been doing for a long time and will definitely go on ...
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Why do native speakers sometimes use present continuous when it seems like it should be present simple?

I'm a teacher of English and I try to dive a bit deeper into the language I teach. I have a good command of grammar, but I sometimes hear things like: (all these examples are from vlogs by natives ...
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Present simple vs present continuous when describing a video

Person A: Let's watch this video now kids. [plays the video] [the dog in the video starts to bark at someone] Person A: What is the dog doing? A child: He's barking at someone. In this exchange the ...
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Is it correct to use the word 'made' in the present continuous or simple present tense?

I am studying the English tenses and came across the following quiz: Fill in the correct verb form: PRESENT SIMPLE or PRESENT PROGRESSIVE. The delicious chocolate is ____ by a firm in Switzerland. (...
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Is the present continuous idiomatic in "I'm liking to take it easy on the weekend"?

Is I'm liking to take it easy on the weekend idiomatic? The context is that I started to take it easy on the weekend recently and I'm liking the novalty, the new state of affairs. I like to take it ...
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Why don't we use Present Continuous in example

I know that we should use Present Simple when we talk about things in general and Present Continuous when we talk about something incomplete that is happening around time of speaking. I also know that ...
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I live in Beijing and I live in Beijing now?

I'm learning English about present simple tense. I wonder if the "now" can be added to the present simple tense and change meaning. I live in Beijing (relative permanently?). I live in ...
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stative verb + now?

In the present tense, I know that stative verbs usually don't work with present progressive. But what about stative verbs + now ? For example, I'm hungry and I'm hungry now. I love you and I love you ...
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Use of simple present and present continuous in subtitles for background sound

I was watching a movie with subtitles and I found many instances where it used two different tense for referring background sounds. For example: Sirens wail; motor whirring; engine revving; phone ...
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I don't eat meat since then vs haven't eaten

I've stumbled on this " I don't eat meat since then". And this seems like a meaning that should be expressed with a present perfect construction: "I haven't eaten meat since then". ...
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Tense: shapes vs has shaped

A native speaker told me to use "shapes". X: History has little to tell us. Y: I disagree because it is what has happened in the past that shapes the world we live in today. But my ...
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present simple and continuous tense

My teacher said the second sentences below is wrong, but it looks grammatically correct to me. Help! I’m spending this weekend near the coast. I go there nearly every weekend. I spend this weekend ...
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"I have an emergency" vs. "I'm having an emergency"

Can you please tell me if both sentences below are perfectly natural and have the same meaning? I can't visit you today as I have an emergency. I can't visit you today as I'm having an emergency. I'...
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Rule of thumb for "temporary" and "permanent"

We use the present simple to talk about permanent facts and general truths. In this example we don’t expect the situation to change. She lives with her parents. We use the present continuous to talk ...
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Using present simple in past context

Is the present simple tense correctly used in this sentence: Emily finally decided to live with a rural family because she always has a thing for nature. The struggle is that the action (living with ...
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Have you ever been so close ... things suddenly all go wrong

The following is an interesting combination of the present perfect in the first clause and the present simple in the second. They supposedly refer to the same experience. Why is this mismatch okay? ...
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Why is the present simple not possible here? (cost)

I have the following exercise in my textbook: This weekend costs / is costing me a fortune — but it’s worth it. It is asked to choose the correct or more natural form of cost. The correct answer is ...
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Why is the present continuous not possible here? (cost)

I have the following exercise in my textbook: Flights always cost / are always costing a fortune during school holidays. It is asked to choose the correct or more natural form of cost. The correct ...
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Why is the present continuous possible here? (run)

I have the following exercise in my textbook: I can’t complain. I (run) my own consultancy business. The context is “. . . conversation between two ex-colleagues who have not seen each other for ...
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Why is only the present continuous appropriate here?

I have the following exercise in my textbook: So, Matt, how are things with you? You look very well. I hear you (do) OK for yourself. The context is “. . . conversation between two ex-colleagues who ...
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Why is the present continuous possible here? (look)

I have the following exercise in my textbook: So, Matt, how are things with you? You (look) very well. The context is “. . . conversation between two ex-colleagues who have not seen each other for ...
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Which one of the present simple and present continuous to use with stative verbs?

My textbook explains that “we use the present simple with states or situations that exist at the present moment.” As an example the textbook gives the following sentence: This cake tastes wonderful. ...
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2 adverbs of frequency in one sentence. 'always' and 'every day'

is it acceptable to use 'always' and 'every day' in one sentence? example: He always enjoys participating in our activities every day. I am not a native speaker, but this sounds unnatural for me and ...
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Is 'make sure no one knows you are playing this game' grammatically weird?

In some websites, there are sticky ads with slogans like these: Close the door tight and start playing this game! Make sure no one knows you are playing this game! The second sentence sounds kind of ...
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Why is the infinitive form of the verb used after "for" and the present simple after "before" in this example?

In the sentence below, why is the infinitive form of the verb used after "for" and the present simple after "before"? London is a beautiful place for her to visit, but she must go ...
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"Is there a reason you ask?" vs. "is there a reason you are asking" in context? [duplicate]

Can you please tell me if there is a difference in meaning between is there a reason you ask? and is there a reason you are asking? In the context below? Person A: Are you going to work on Saturday. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between "I choose" and "I'll choose" when making a decision in the process of speaking?

Would you tell me if there is a difference in meaning between I choose and I'll choose when making a decision in the process of speaking? For example: Person A: We have two tablets of that brand. One ...
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"I don't hear you clearly" vs. "I'm not hearing you clearly" in context

Would you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I don't hear you clearly and I'm not hearing you clearly in the context below? Would you please speak into the phone as I don't ...
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I am reading/I read this book (for) three hours every other day

1 Is it true that "for" means three hours in a row while without "for" it means three random hours? 2 Which tense fits better with this sentence? Or both are OK? 1 I am reading ...
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Present Simple (events, complete actions)

As we know, Present Simple can be used not only for regular actions but for complete actions aswell, but I find it difficult to identify which sentences will be perceived as complete actions. She is ...
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Is it still correct to say "This doll comes with her own dress" when you bought it 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years ago?

In the dictionary, 7 BE PRODUCED/SOLD [always + adverb/preposition] to be produced or sold with particular features come in This particular sofa comes in four different colours. Cats come in many ...
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Is it correct and natural to use both the present simple and the present continuous for future scheduled events?

Is it correct and natural to use both the present simple and the present continuous for future scheduled events? For example: I go home tomorrow at 4pm. I'm going home tomorrow at 4pm. By that I ...
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"We offer" vs. "we are offering" in context [closed]

Can you please tell me if I need to say we offer or we are offering in the context below? We are clearly at fault in this situation, so we offer you a 100 dollar discount. We are clearly at fault in ...
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“My previous car was blue” vs “My previous car is blue” [closed]

What’s the difference between “my previous car was blue” vs “my previous car is blue”? Is one of them wrong? Or can both of them be right, being different only in the context?
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I work vs I am working (Present Simple vs Present Continous)

I have doubts when it comes to deciding if I should use the Present Simple or the Present Continous tense. Below are the examples: I have worked for 4 companies so far. Now I work/I am working for X ...
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I’m thinking about what happened. I often think about it

Is it possible to use "I'm thinking" & "I often think" in real life if we speak about the same thing right now? I’m thinking about what happened. I often think about it. I ...
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Is it correct to use future and present tenses with one subject? [closed]

For example: I agree with the author's opinion and will give some arguments to support it.
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Is there any difference in meaning between "do you follow me?" and "are you following me?" when are you asking someone if they understand you?

Can you please tell me if there is there any difference in meaning between do you follow me? and are you following me? when you asking someone if they understand you? For example: I've heard both used ...
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Why we use present perfect continuous in the below example?

Can you tell me why we use the present perfect continuous in this example? I have been drinking more water recently, and I feel better. I thought it must be present perfect simple, because when we ...
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Present simple with future meaning

I was studying Grammar in Use, Unit 19. It says that:"You can use the present simple to talk about people if their plans are fixed like a timetable." So assume that I've decided to study one ...
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