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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 perfect simple vs present perfect progressive

Why we use the present perfect rather than the present perfect progressive? Example: Passengers who (have spent) days sleeping on the airport floor are perplexed as to why only one third of flights ...
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Which Verb form shall we use to describe completed / Finished Action referring to Present tense

Scenario, I Change the date of program and wanted to inform to my friends. Which Tense Should I use? ........That is why I change this date. Is the above sentence construction is correct to ...
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Can “wash” be a state verb?

I read in a book that we can make a dynamic verb into a state verb by using an adverb in the present simple tense. Dynamic I'm washing my clothes now. State I wash my clothes every day. Is that ...
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This restaurant has become popular in recent years. (event or process?)

Does the sentence This restaurant has become popular in recent years. imply an ongoing, continuous process (becoming popular) that has been happening during the recent years? Or does it mean that ...
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What is the tense of: is located

Consider the sentence: The shop is located near the bus stand. Is it present tense? Doubt is ---- is a helping verb presentence and located is past tense.
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This paragraph (is taken / has been) taken from book

We usually write this e.g "this paragraph is taken from book" or "this paragraph has been taken from book". and "this poem is written by" or "this poem has been written by" Could ...
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mistake or mistook?

I saw the following sentence, and am wondering whether "mistake" should be replaced with "mistook." Plastic bags have been found in the guts of dead sea turtles, which mistake them for jellyfish. ...
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what to use? future tense or present tense after where

In the example the move on Y axis will not be started until I switch the toggle into the position where input 4 will be set to Low. or In the example the move on Y axis will not be started until ...
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“We all know the climate changes, it has in the past, it is changing now”

We all know the climate changes, it has in the past, it is changing now and it will in the future, but what is different about what we are doing now compared to what happened in the Cretaceous? ...
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When…+present perfect [closed]

Is Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she has moved to another city. Or Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she had moved to another ...
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tense: “are” or “were”

Is the present tense "are" properly used in the following? Why wasn't "were" used instead? "And it makes sense, up to a point, to debate ending remedies for discrimination that are more appropriate ...
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That would require that he imagine(s?) something

Which one is correct? And why? "That would require that he imagine something." "That would require that he imagines something."
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why don't we use present perfect simple to explain that the action is still in progress

When we say " he has written many books" it does mean that he began in the past writing books and goes up to now , but it does not say that he will write another book or if he is not dead he will ...
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Present simple and continuous (which use?)

In my grammar book I've encountered sentences where(according to the answers) there is possible both- present simple and present continuous, but I can understand only the use of pr. simple. Wheather ...
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What is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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Is present continuous ok with “this is the last time”

Is it possible to say or write this is the last time I am bothering you with that I won't do it again or is it better to write or say this is the last time I have bothered you with that I ...
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“ing”-form after “while” / “during” question

I was wondering - when using "while" usually the "ing" form of a verb follows but what if the sentence continues? Example: While his friends are enjoying (1. ing) their vacation at the beach he ...
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I would like to know which sentence is correct [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? Could you please help me with your name or May I please know your name
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What tense should be used at sentence «Currently I work as engineer, but I also look for work as manager»?

What tense should be used at this sentence? Now I use Present Simple, and at the one hand it seems to be right choice, because my work is not attached to a time, but at the other hand something this ...
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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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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. ...