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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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found or have found here: I can't make up my mind

If you are looking for trouble, you found it. If you are looking for trouble, you've found it. the second one(past simple seems strange here)means that the troubles are still there not the first one. ...
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Nicky is thinking of giving up her job

Nicky is thinking of giving up her job In this sentence why have give+ing? I know give up means release. I want to know why in this sentence uses "giving up"?
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I would like to know more how present perfect tense and it's derivatives are in passive & active form; thus some concerns are waving over my mind?

Firstly; Present perfect- has recreated In each of these movies, batman has been recreated as the subconscious mind of American society. Is this sentence a proper passive and still present perfect, ...
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Choosing the correct tense

I need to know whether to choose the past tense or the present tense. The sentence is talking about my grandfather when he was in the primary stage so, we needed to use the past tense (in my opinion ...
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I’m confused about “will have to” and “has to.” Which do I use in this sentence?

“At every certain hour of the day, the surgeon ___ inspect the blood pressure of the patients.” To fill in the blank, should I write will have to or has to? Which is the most correct writing? Thank ...
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I am/have been busy (Present Simple/Cont vs Present Perfect Cont)

Let's suppose I am saying these sentences on Thursday I am really busy this week I have been really busy this week Sentence 1 I believe implies "I am busy today and I will likely be busy all ...
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He is dead or He has died

There's little mention about those different words and from what I read here, I ended up thinking that people will unlikely write he's died to mean he has died. However that's my mere opinion. I ...
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I "will come" or "come" to see my grandma every week?

The original question goes: I ______ to see my grandma and help her with some housework every week. A. came B. am going come C. come D. will come The given answer is D. However I think C is possible ...
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Still-True Fact and Tense [duplicate]

I am writing a paper and, for some reason, got stuck with the tense usage for a still-true fact. For example: Justice Breyer noted that the chemical symbol of water was H₂O. Justice Breyer noted ...
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How to use the present tense when the story is in the past without seeming to look like it is a grammatical mistake?

We often use the present simple and present continuous in stories and jokes in informal spoken English to create the impression that events are happening now. This can make them more direct and ...
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I told him and now he KNOWS or I told him and now he KNEW?

I told him and now he knows. or I told him and now he knew. If I have now in the sentence. Does it mean that the following verb needs to be in a present tense? Or it is not necessary?
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The pictures I sent were horrible or the pictures I sent are horrible? Which one is correct and why?

The pictures I sent were horrible or The pictures I sent are horrible Which is correct and why? If I use "were "does it mean that in the present time the pictures are no longer horrible?
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What is the difference between it was a good memory and it is a good memory?

If you say it was a good memory does it mean that in the present time it is no longer a good memory to you? I don't know which one to use in the situation when I describe my memory in the past. In ...
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Do we say "Do you remember your homework?" or "Did you remember your homework?"

I agree that we should say "I remembered my homework" because at the time I say this sentence I have already remembered it. I am not sure if we can say "I remember my homework" ...
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Which verb tense should I use in the example below?

I’m wondering which tense (present or past) to use to describe a hypothetical outcome of an event that might happen. Example: We have completed Test A, the result is not known yet. Depending on the ...
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When asking about a health condition which tense do you use? [duplicate]

If a person got injured, in their legs, for example, yesterday and you want to ask that person the next day how are their legs doing. Do you say "how were your legs?" or "how are your ...
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Does a possession verb (to have) also have to be in the past when the tense is the past tense?

I hope I don't make a silly question, but I'm so confused since I have learnt that we can use the present tense to talk about the past action (something like an anecdote and the others), that means ...
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Joe was fighting with Mary

Dad got home and saw his son Joe and his daughter, Mary, were taking a time-out (punishment). He asked Mom, "What's the matter?" I know it is OK for Mom to say "Joe fought with Mary&...
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When asking about cast and crews of a movie which tense do you use?

When I search up on Google I normally see both present tense and past tense being used. For example: Who plays Willy Wonka?Or Who played Willy Wonka?. What’s the difference? It confuses me to be ...
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Changing present tense to past tense in indirect speech

These following sentences are from some websites about "Have You Ever" questions. Is it correct to use the present simple or present continuous in the sentences? Should I change them into ...
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"Set the tone" I learn a lot, I enjoy my class [closed]

I received some instructions which I believe sound a bit strange but I can't find the exact arguments to prove myself wrong or right. The slide is called: SET UP THE TONE. Afterwards, I have to ask ...
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When you have read this page / When you read this page

I have the following sentence in my grammar book: When you have read this page, turn over and read the other side. I have known before it that we use present time with a construction "When....&...
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Can I use Simple Present and SImple Past in the same sentence?

EDIT: Thank you for the answers, guys! I understand now. P.S.: I also found an article that my help people with the same doubt. In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", I came across a ...
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Is it has turned out or turned out?

I've been wondering about which tense I should use in the following phrase: I am grateful that the episode turned out the way it has or I am grateful that the episode turned out the way it was or ...
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Why do we use the simple unaspected present instead of the present tense with the continuous aspect?

I am currently learning English as a non-native speaker. I wonder why we use simple present instead of present continuous? For example, I need your help. I am needing your help. As I have learned, ...
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rule about using present perfect with present simple

I can't find on internet the rule. To you native speakers, if the second part of the sentence uses present simple, does it involve using the present perfect tense in the first part because of the ...
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Verbs in the simple present vs. perfect present

Please help me and tell me, which one of these sentences should I use? Until they have prepared our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby. Until they prepare our room, we will wait in the hotel lobby....
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Who did you say that to? [closed]

Are both correct? Do they mean the same? Who did you tell (about) that? Who did you say that to?
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Backshift in time to distance yourself from indirect speech if introductory sentence in present?

For indirect speech with introductory sentences in simple past, there's a backshift in time: Peter: “The sky is blue.” Peter said the sky was blue. Now, I want to quote a general idea/thought using ...
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In this example does present continuous express future or present?

In the last movie made by Boulie Landers,"Nobody has to know" a character was taking care of a dog that he did not own. The owners were on vacation and before leaving they had asked him to ...
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Have you been saving money?

Me: Have you been saving money lately? Peter: No, I haven't. If I ask Peter again: "do you save money?", is it possible for him to answer, "yes, I do"? Me: Do you save money? ...
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Can I use Present simple and Present Perfect in the same sentence?

No one claims to be able to cure a genetic disease, but there have been some improvements. Is the use of present simple and present perfect in the same sentence correct?
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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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"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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