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Present Tense uses the base form of a verb to describe current actions, events and states-of-being. Ex: I answer to no one.

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Present participle Future

Is this sentence correct? "I have all the documents and I should be filing it this week." I know (I will be filing...) would work, but I was just wondering if the above sentence is acceptable.
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“you have ordered” vs “you ordered”

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
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Identify the statement that uses the present tense correctly [on hold]

Joe is teaching primary school science. By the end of the year, Joe will have been teaching primary school science for three years. Joe has been a primary school science for three years now. Joe is ...
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Why does here use a present “find”?

Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive in Wisconsin "And I just shut myself totally down. I thought today was going to be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she’s found and ...
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is the verb “lie” in the sense of telling lies always stative?

I was watching Lord of the Rings, and in the scene where the ork said that Aragorn had fallen off the cliff, Legolas said: "you lie". Why did he say it in the present simple time? Wouldn't the present ...
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Can Present Perfect Continuous and Present Continuous have the same meaning?

According to https://englishsentences.com/present-tense/ b. Present Continuous The present continuous tense describes actions and/or events that are currently happening or going on now; in ...
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When to use present continuous

If something is planned you have been imposed, can that be considered as an arrangment to use present continuous? For example, you received an email saying there will be some work in 3 weeks along ...
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Can we use present perfect for a finished event [duplicate]

My friend went to a concert of Bob Dylan 3 weeks ago. Today I met him and spoke with him about the concert. I know I can say, "hope you enjoyed the show," because the show is over, but would it be ...
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Present perfect and since

I learned that present perfect is used with “since” when we talk about duration, something began in the past and continues to the present, with non continuous verbs, like: I have known her since I ...
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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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i repaired vs i was repairing

dialog 1. my friend asks me general question "What did you do yesterday?" and for example my car is broken and the damage is to big so it can not be fixed within one day.Do i have to use past simple ...
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Present Tense and Future Tense

The question, below, is in present tense but the answer, below in second clause, is in future tense. Why? The question is " what does the headline suggest about the main idea of the article?". The ...
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Tom IS or IS BEING very naughty these days. How is correct?

Help me with this question and explanin please :) Tom IS or IS BEING very naughty these days. How is correct?
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is or was known

I'd like to know whether is or was should be used in the following: Bruce Lee is / was known as a kungfu master. Since he is dead, I'd say "Bruce Lee was a kungfu master," but we know him to be a ...
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present continuous for a future plan that is only involving you

Can we use present continuous for a future event even it involves only yourself If you are a student can you say I am working tomorrow or is it better to say I am going to work tomorrow as only the ...
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What is the difference: 'being collected' vs 'collected'?

What is the difference between these two sentences? Are names an important part of the information being collected? Are names an important part of the information collected?
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“the cost and size of” - plural or singular

I need the correct verb form in present tense for the phrase "...the cost and size of... decrease". When I google "as the cost and size of" or smth like that, both forms in present can be found: ...
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence ...
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what is better in this case

please add this record to the parcel if you have found it or you found it I think both tenses are ok in this case but for me the first version is better because it has an impact on the present ...
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Present Tense for story telling?

Usually stories are told in Past Tense: "So Froggy put on his socks, pulled on his boots, put on his hat, tied on his scarf, tugged on his mittens and flopped outside into the snow - flop, flop, flop."...
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On the difference bewteen present perfect simple and continuous

I've done a quiz here to check my understanding of the difference between the present perfect simple and continuous. I made two mistakes and I don't understand why I'm wrong. What I answered: Q5: ...
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“each win” or “each wins” in this sentence?

I see this sentence in this online article: The following answers to this artful question each win a random book. It seems ungrammatical to me because win should be a present tense verb in third ...
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Why is there a difference between these two sentences

Why is it possible to write this: I have had but could not keep and not that I have had my camera for 3 weeks, I sold it yesterday I don't see the difference: both verbs are in present ...
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wrong subtitle in a film

In the film "Basse Normandie" of Simon Regiani and Patricia Mazuy, I saw this subtitle, is it possible I have been working while I wait for you I think it should be: while I was waiting or ...
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Why is the present perfect simple used in this sentence (and not the present perfect continuous)

I'm looking for some advice on why this sentence (from a FCE book) is in the the present perfect simple: I have spent ages preparing for the party. This sentence requires the use of the present ...
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What is the difference between “I still use” vs “I am still using” in this sentence?

What's the difference between : It's 2018 already and I still use an iPhone 5S. vs It's 2018 already and I am still using an iPhone 5S. Does the use of the word 'using' mean I am thinking of ...
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“they got married” vs “they have got married”

Is They got married the same as They have got married Is word "have" is ommited from the first sentence? But both have the same meaning. If not, why is got used with an adjective "married"?
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Having something for years correct tense usage

Suppose I have a thing. I've acquired the thing many years ago but still have it. As far as I know, a correct phrase describing the said situation would be: I've been having this thing for years. ...
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Present to indicate a habit?

If it is Kate Moss it will take all day but we spend more time laughing than working. David Bailey in an interview given to the guardian Why present for spend does it mean that is something he ...
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Why do they say 'Why would I do that' instead of “'Why would I have done that?”

It is often said when someone accuses you of doing something that you haven't done For example: James: You stole my bank card! Ruth: No, I didn't. Why would I do that? (it won't work for me ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continious

[TLDR] Why is the "I am seeing a lady" phrase mean that the guy who's saying this means that he's dating her, that it is not only at the moment of saying it, that it happens every day and why do I ...
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Adding -s or -ed at the end of verb

I have a present tense sentence where I can't tell if adding -s or -ed at the end of verb. The sentence goes like this : He falls down right after he gets the kite causing his leg to injure. ...
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Which tense to use for a permanent change?

Some activities may change or resume, Which tense is better to use in such cases? Here are some examples. I used to smoke but I don't smoke now. or ... I am not smoking now. I know you never ...
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Can we use present perfect with a specific time?

For example, if I say "Today I have washed the dishes" or "Yesterday I have walked the dog", it comes off as wrong. This is why I understand that present perfect doesn't go with specific times. Past ...
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Present Perfect Participle - Why Present?

Consider this example Having switched off the lights, I went to bed. It implies that I went to bed after I had switched off the lights. The action of switching off the lights happened prior to ...
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“you are pushing me away” vs. “you push me away”

Again I am wondering which version is more suitable: "Do you love me?" "I don`t know." Should the response be: "You do know that whenever you say that you don't know whether you love me ...
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Is the Present Simple form suitable?

I think I may be allergic to shopping malls. I am not sure if my condition ___ officially by medical science but I am sure there are others who suffer as I do. All I have to do is walk inside one of ...
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Tense when recounting and analysing a literary text [duplicate]

Should I write the substance of a poem In past tense or in present tense? Here are a few lines of the poem owl: Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved; Cold, yet had heat within me that was ...
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verb tense in the right side of “so that”

I would like to link two sentences using so that. He is trying to improve his language skills. He doesn't want to have a problem in communicating with others at work in the future. What tense should ...
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“John Brown has died” - why is this tense used?

Whenever I see information about someone's recent death (usually well known, if this makes a difference), the expression used is John Doe has died. Why is this tense used? What about the ...
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The issue was/is that the staffs were corrupt

In this example, is was the correct verb? Few years ago, a company went bankrupt. The issue was/is that the staffs were corrupt. If I understand correctly, the issue remains the issue today and in ...
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Why two tenses are used in this situation?

Quote:- By the age of two or three, the infant has reached toddler stage. In terms of cognitive development, this means, he has learned to play make-believe games and uses his imagination more. ...
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“were” used as a subjunctive is present or past?

Given the 2 examples below: I wish you were here now If he were in the situation that you've been 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have bothered about it now The word 'were' is used as a subjunctive and my ...
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Confusion in “is being”

I know when to use is being. It means the event is currently happening. I have a doubt whether that event already existed and is still happening or it's a new event and is currently happening. ...
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“I have had this book for 10 years' or ”I have this book for 10 years"

Good day. Can I say "I have had this book for 10 years" if I want to say that I got the book 10 years ago and I have this book right now and i will have it in the future? Or should I say "I have ...
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“He is go to school” grammatical error

I have a sentence, He is go to school. and although He, is and go, all are in singular form. I am not sure why He is going to school sounds more accurate than He is go to school. Can anyone suggest ...
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Using “when” to talk about the future

When the new park opens, I’ll go there every day. When the new park has opened, I'll go there every day. Can we use both of these? What is the difference between them?
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Present perfect vs present perfect progressive [duplicate]

We have been living in Saudi Arabia .. We have lived in Saudi Arabia ... What is the difference between them, or they are the same in meaning ? And what do you understand, when you hear ...
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Why does the writer use Present simple with for

I saw this sentence, I am a bit surprised because of the tense We are the number one tour company in the West of Ireland for over 10 years! Why present for a duration? First time I have seen ...
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Using present simple when talking about a past event in spoken English

Philip:So, you're an exchange student. Where do you go to school? Alexandra:At the Bronx High School of Science. Philip:Oh, that's a very good school. What are your favorite subjects? ...