Questions tagged [present-tense]

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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I have driven/been driving

Can I use present perfect instead of progressive in my sentence? "I have driven (instead of "I have been driving) for 60 years, but I think it's time for me to stop. I won't be renewing my ...
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Why Does This Sentence Use Present Continuous instead of Present Perfect?

I am releasing a new xxxx single. It is very limited I only pressed only 100 Copies. You can order it Why 'am releasing' because the record has been pressed and ready to be ordered. I would have used ...
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“a team of graphics editors, designers and editors brought the project to life this month.” is the statement correct?(It's taken from an article)

I think we can only use "this month" with the present perfect tense not with the past tense. Here 'this month' is used with past tense which is wrong I think because we specify the time ...
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tense choice: is or was a former classmate?

Which tense should be used in the following? He is/was a former classmate of mine.
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Had vs Have? Past continuous vs Past perfect? [closed]

Please tell me the differences and grammar explanation. They really confuse me. Had lived vs Have lived vs Have been living vs Had been living vs lived I still get confused even after ...
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“You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work.”

You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work. You will acquire more and more knowledge while you are working. What is the difference between them? Which sounds more natural?
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How to use future perfect tense with present or future tense

I would like to ask the difference between the usage of future perfect tense with present tense and the future prefect tense with future tense. We will have eaten food when they come. We will have ...
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Present continuous and present simple for irritation

I have learnt that present continuous with always expresses irritation, but, as native speakers told me it can also be expressed by present simple. Judging by the examples I have seen in my books, ...
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How does he get on at school?

Can present simple be used in this sentence below? ( "How does Peter get on at school?") "How is Peter getting on at school? Very well. He seems to like the life."
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Is coming or comes

Do native speakers use present continuous when talking about timetables? Can I use "is coming" in my sentence? That film comes/is coming to the local cinema next week. Do you want to see it?...
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Can I use a future tense to express the future general truth?

Can I use a future tense to express the future general truth like a present simple tense? For example; Water boils at 100 degrees now, but in the future, water will boil at 110 degrees for some reason ...
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Should past tense sentences change tense relative to the time of writing?

I was wondering about the mechanics of a phrase such as "He didn't know how it worked". I place my curiosity on the last word: "worked"; more specifically, I am wondering if there ...
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Can past and present be used together in one sentence?

Can I use past and present in one sentence? I agree that he was wrong I don’t care if she had a character development towards the end Are these sentences correct? If not, Can you provide me an example ...
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Tense in a sentence

Context: "I never imagined this letter accounts for the events of that evening." The sentence is taken from a written testimony. The author states that she hadn't known a fact until she did ...
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Using the past perfect of 'to walk' and simple present of 'to be' in one sentence

I have looked everywhere but can't find a clear answer to this question. I found this site:https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/6372/when-is-the-past-perfect-exactly-needed that says: The past ...
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Why not using present perfect tense when it comes to since?

"Aduhelm is the first novel therapy approved for Alzheimer’s disease since 2003." On June 7th America's food and Drug adminstration approved the first drug since 2003 to treat Alzheimer's ...
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How to explain the usage of the present continuous instead of simple in this example?

I was reading "English Grammar in Use" and came across the next exercise: Ben can’t meet us on Monday. (He / work) late. The correct answer is "He is working late", but I cannot ...
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Is looking angry/looks angry

This sentence is from "Understanding and Using English Grammar" by Betty Schrampfer Azar. "Right now I am looking at Janet. She (look) looks angry. I wonder what's the matter. She (have)...
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In the musical analysis and description of a song, do you use present simple or present continuous?

In a picture description, I would commonly use the present simple tense to describe things that are happening in the depicted situation, for instance: "In the right bottom corner of the picture, ...
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Is it 'everything seems okay' or 'everything seemed okay'? [closed]

It's in the past. What's the difference between everything seems and everything seemed?
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has been Ving since … vs. is Ving after

Are both the following sentences correct? If so, what's the difference? a. Mary has still been lingering in the park since she left the office. b. Mary is still lingering in the park after she left ...
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Can I use present tense instead of present continuous tense in the following sentence?

Q: I heard you started a new job. __________ (enjoy) it? The correct answer is are you enjoying it.(Page 3, intermediate grammar in use) I wonder if do you enjoy it is also a correct answer. It sounds ...
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have to or will have to?

Should "have" and "don't' be changed to "will have" and "won't" in the following? Josh, my coworkers and I will put on a play at 4 p.m. this weekend. Will you come?...
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Usage of “will now” in Scientific writing?

My advisor and I are writing a research paper. I have a doubt in the following sentence that he wrote. We will now prove Theorem 1. proof follows... The words 'will' and 'now' are contradictory here....
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Why is the present continuous tense used instead of the present simple in the following context?

The situation is that I asked a question with a short film here. The respondents commented according to the film with the sentences as follows. 1."The speaker (in the film) may not use a flap /t/ ...
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Using simple past in the present tense

Could someone please explain why we can say: It is time the law reflected this ("dognapping" as a serious crime) in the sentencing of all offenders. is it the same as: It is time the law ...
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Is teaching or teaches, is working or works

Should I use "is teaching me" or "teaches me" in the first example and "isn't working" or "doesn't work" in the second example? Both actions are going around ...
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Shall I use continuous or simple in this example [closed]

I am waiting for a parcel because it has still not arrived. I mailed the seller and he wrote me that in fact he had written a wrong address .Now I am writing to him a new email asking "what do ...
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She has taught English for five years

Is the verb "teach" used like the verbs "live", "work" and "study" which can be used in both the present perfect and the progressive without any change of ...
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present continuous with from vs present perfect continuous with since

Is this the right sentence grammatically? People are still using this Gist from 2013. I think ‘People have been using this gist since 2013’ should be right. But I am not sure, Maybe the above one is ...
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I write poetry and {am trying/try} to write a book

When answering the question about what I like to do in my favourite weather which is the correct choice of tense the present simple or the progressive? I write poetry and try to write a book. If I ...
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Why did the author use present tense in the sentence?

The book, which is the source of this passage, was written in 2014. Why did the author use enters in the sentence? By the beginning of the 20th century psychology as science had barricaded itself ...
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“Where did you spring from?” vs “Where do you spring from?”

There's a phrasal verb "to spring from", one of the meanings of which is to appear suddenly and unexpectedly. Looking for the example sentences with it, I noticed that it's used in questions ...
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Present simple even if it is not a general statement

I came across this sentence: When I go home tonight, I lay down in my bed and turn on the TV and it makes me so glad. I think future shall be used (will or going to) for lay down, turn on and make....
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What are the differences between these sentences? (to do / to have done)

Do you feel any difference between these two in each pair? (1) (a) Maria was happy to have passed the exam. (b) Maria was happy to pass the exam. (2) (a) Maria is happy to have passed the exam. (b) ...
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Is it possible to use “for a few days” with present simple?

is it possible to use for a few days with present simple : I read in a movie with subtitles for a few days I miss the cat, should it be I've missed the cat for a few days if it is ongoing situation ...
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present simple usage

One of the purposes for using present simple is to speak about facts: E.g. "She lives in London" ... here I know 100% that she lives there, so I use present simple grammar and I add "s&...
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now I decide, now I decided, now I have decided

As I understand it, Past Simple (the second sentence) is possible here only as the simplest version of Present Perfect (the third sentence), isn't it? But why is Present Perfect more common here than ...
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have car vs have had car?

What is the difference between the following sentences? I have a car. I have had a car. I have a car from 2 January 2020. I have had a car since 2 January 2020. Is there any difference between the 3 ...
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correct verb form: listen to me talking or listen to me talk

(1) Nobody listened to me talking about UFOs. (2) Nobody listened to me talk about UFOs. Which verb form is correct?
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Is “healing faster than I thought I was going to” grammatically correct?

I told I friend that “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I was going to” in relation to a breakup. I’ve been thinking that I should’ve said “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I would.” ...
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“she” (always takes) or (has always taken) “good care of her finances”

the question is in "Common mistakes at CAE" (amazon) unit 1 the book says the answer is "she has always taken good care of her finances" but why can't I say "she always takes ...
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Shall I use Present simple for fixed timetables

I am 30 next month or I am going to be 30 next month I think you can use present as it is a fixed timetable Am I right?
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Is it okay to use simple past and simple present in the same sentence?

If I am trying to describe my experience today, which one of these is correct? Every time I thought I got it, every time I made it to the point where I was sure I understood it, the market proves me ...
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But once we begin Vs But once we began

But once we began to work hard, poverty would vanish. What happens if we use begin instead of begin and will instead of would, means like below: But once we begin to work hard, poverty will vanish. ...
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Questions related to tense

I am kind of confused.... Are the two sentences below the same? Let’s pretend that none of this had ever/never happened. Let’s pretend that none of this have ever/never happened. If it’s different, ...
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past or present tense?

I'm wondering whether the boldfaced forms in the follownig should have been changed into the past tense, e.g., "were," "could," and "was." M: How was your stay at the ...
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Today I have been meeting and today I have met

Is there any difference between "Today I have been meeting some of the people affected by the flood" and "Today I have met some of the people affected by the flood"? Does "...
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Differences between continuous and simple

I have been wondering if one could use the Present Progressive to express what is really going on when something happens. For example: "When you present something to the class, you are expressing ...
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Can we use present perfect in “She has packed my things when I was away”?

I was wondering if it is possible to write this She has packed my things when I was away I don't think so because "when I was away" refers to the past and "has packed" refers to ...

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