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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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Proper tense for this sentence? "The rapid spread of water-borne diseases in the town derive(d/s) from bacteria in the polluted rivers."

I came across a question from an English practice book and I'm wondering whether the verb should be in simple past or simple present tense. Unfortunately, the test instruction gave no additional ...
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Using is vs was when talking about the past

The reason why I liked "The Office" is probably because of the writing. The reason why I liked "The Office" was probably because of the writing. I'm not sure which one is correct. ...
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"Is written" or "was written"?

In my native language, we tend to use the present form in some situations where English uses the preterite – for instance, we say "Jag är född i maj" ('I am born in May'), rather than "...
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The note (to say) that you are to blame. She (to lie). Who (to lie) [closed]

"The note (to say) that you are to blame." "She (to lie)." "Who (to lie)." The answer keys: says, lies, lies. I can't understayd why. I did: says, is lying, is lying. ...
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"Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture"

Sorry for maybe stupid question. "Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture". Do I understand correctly that the first means "I see a picture. I want to know ...
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Complication in tense when reading a diary

If you find a diary and something that's written on it: "If you can understand this, you're smart." Is he telling that in present or past? So, when the reader that see this comment, is he or ...
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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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How to refer to the deceased

In referring to a dead person, do you say, his/her name "is" or "was" David/Lisa? It doesn't sound incorrect to me when I say "his name is David" but does when I say &...
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Present continuous vs present simple for future

As I was practicing the difference between present simple and present continuous, I came across this sentence: The shop is closing for good next Monday. I also encountered this sentence: The ...
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I was building it, but I didn't build it

Many natives told me that simple past always tells about completion, so I've been wondering how to speak about actions that you were doing at a specific time in the past, but in the end didn't finish. ...
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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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can I use "own" in progressive?

I ...... this car for more than ten years. a) have owned b) have been owning c) owned d) will own So what's the difference between a,b and c
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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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Present simple for an action belonging to the past

i had to try three different times. I don't know why it wont accept your address normally but it FINALLY worked I would say I don't know why it did not accept or has not accepted . I don't understand ...
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What is the difference between "when the night has come" and "when the night comes"?

In the song "stand by me", we can see the sentence like "when the night has come" but I am curious why he used the present perfect. He could write a song like "when the night ...
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Proverb having the use of past tense

Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it. It is a proverb. As it is taught, a proverb is always constructed by using simple present tense, here this one has past form in its second clause. I ...
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Word order: "Where are..." and "Where they..."

In "Aliens" movie I listened phrase "Where they are?". Is it one of American English specific word order or grammatical mistake?
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He is away until Wednesday. / He will be away until Wednesday

In my grammar book I have the following: Jack has gone away. He will be away until Wednesday. The first sentence is Present Perfect but the second one is Future Simple. Could you tell me why we don'...
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Present simple or present continuous in this case

Is present simple or present continuous correct in this case? I eagerly wait/am eagerly waiting for a new episode of "Dynamite" on the radio. I think the first one is a better solution ...
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I didn't find the page I was looking for

I try to open a webpage. After I click it, I see nothing but a message telling me the page has been moved. So at this moment I say, I didn't find the page I was looking for. I don't find the page I'...
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enjoy or enjoyed ? an activity of past [duplicate]

I didn't enjoyed it as much as though I would have I didn't enjoy it as much as though I would have This is about, an activity (to be done in morning) which had been planned\thought of in the night. ...
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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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leave or left in the situation mentioned below

I was talking to my co-worker about another annoying co-worker. My co-worker asked, "Is she still here?" referring to that annoying co-worker. I said, "I don't know but I wish she left.&...
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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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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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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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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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Would vs Will: "Would/Will" this be the day/month/year/... questions?

I tried to look this up on Google with no luck. It's confusing to me because some results use present tense while some others use past tense. What's the difference or could I use both? Examples: A) ...
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I've gone to or been to a gym regularly

I started to go to a gym regularly in May. Now I continue this habit. What should I say to express this idea? I've been to a gym regularly since May. or I've gone to a gym regularly since May. ...
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Why is present continuous used in this sentence?

I've just read this sentence in a medic book: "How do we know when someone is suffering from concussion?" Would it be incorrect if I used the Present Simple form? For example, "...when ...
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"Could you not" vs "could you not have"

I was driving in the right lane and another driver wanted to turn right (from the left lane) so he crashed into my car (no one was injured). The driver said “I didn’t see you” and I said “how could ...
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How long does the present last in the present tense?

It can be further discussed philosophically or physically, but I want to know linguistically. Does it depend on the speaker? I mean, depending on each speaker, it can mean a present second, a present ...
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About present perfect continuous tense and present perfect tense

A : How much have we spent on food this week B : A lot. In A’s sentence, if ‘this week’ would be ‘for this week’ then, could I use the present perfect continuous tense? Instead of ‘have we spent’. For ...
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'Long(s) for' or 'be longing for'

Is there a subtle difference between: It's common knowledge that Anna longs for a baby. and It's common knowledge that Anna is longing for a baby. If I want to use the sentence and it's spoken at ...
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Describe the past years in the diagram,use the past tense or present tense

I need to write a composition according to a diagram,and I don't know whether to use the past tense or present tense. The figures of year 1 and year 2 shows an upward trend while year 3 saw an ...
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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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Past simple verb is used in the present

There's a sentence from the exercise book I'm doing (Oxford English Grammar). The book instructs to rewrite this sentence using that-clause: I understood him to be interested in cooperating. My ...
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Is it okay to use present perfect in this sentence?

You've seen how it happened. So, you're the next that they will come for. Is it okay to use "have seen" in this sentence, or would past simple be more acceptable? I'm not sure which is ...
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"I am keeping a pet hamster." vs "I keep a pet hamster" Difference?

This sentence: I am keeping a pet hamster. And this sentence: I keep a pet hamster Sounds exactly the same to me, any minute difference, if any at all? Thanks!
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"It is/was" in cleft sentences

I don't know which tense should be used in the following cleft sentence. In the non-clefted version, the past-tense is used, but in the clefted version, which tense is okay? If both are okay, what's ...
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What does this sentence imply? Past Simple

"I learned English 2 years ago". What does it imply? Like a fact: I did learning at some time 2 years ago or I finished learning English 2 years ago? As far as I know it means the first ...
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"Who's been here" vs "Who was here" [closed]

"Who's been here?" "Who was here" What's the difference between these sentences and when should I use them? And what "i've been here" means by itself?
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Present Perfect vs Past Simple. Which one is correct?

i was watching a movie yesterday and came across a dialogue: "What is this?" "It's the technology I developed" Is the word "developed" here used in the right tense? ...
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difference between "is searching for " and "searches"

What is the difference between "he is searching for him" and" he searches for him"? Is the first expression idiomatic? Does he "searches for" mean that the person is ...
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has/had a Boston postmark

If you have just received a letter, do you say: It has a Boston postmark. Or: It had a Boston postmark. The act of postmarking the letter took place in the past, but it carries the postmark now. ...
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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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She hopes that she will get a loan from her bank

She hopes to get a loan from her bank to help her out of her financial predicament. She hopes that she will get a loan from her bank to help her out of her financial predicament. She is hoping to ...
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Does the present simple have future meaning in these sentences?

According to my grammar book (a student's version of CaGel) the present tense is used in English for future events that are planned/already known. Based on this, am I correct in assuming that the (a) ...
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was/is a great invention of

Which tense should be used in the following? If both are okay, what's the difference in their use? The light bulb was/is a great invention of Thomas Edison.
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Why is it "have you gone to the gym" instead of "have you been to the gym"?

I would really appreciate it if you could help me with the following sentences: How many times have you gone to the gym this month? Have you ever gone to a game? I have double checked the ...
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