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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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Present Perfect Tense with State Verbs

Can I use the Present Perfect SIMPLE with State Verbs like “Thought” and “Know”? Like, for example, “I’ve thought you were my friend” and “I’ve known she was nice.” Can I use it? If I can’t, why?
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Why do people use “did” instead of “do” when asking something?

When I go to shops to buy something, always workers ask me, "Did you need a bag?" or "Did you need a receipt?". I'm really wondering why they say "Did" than "Do" because I learned that when I talk ...
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present for something that is not sure or scheduled

you mean the Das Schnitz vinyl single?I reach the band to do it but some European label seems already on it. Too bad,I wanted to press sleeveless records and buy 300 random 70s-80s sleeves to do ...
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It means + present simple

My cat learned that alarm sound means I wake up. I am confused about the usage of present simple after the verb "means". It means that I love you. In the second example, it is not confusing because ...
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Present Simple Usage in these sentences

I am confused about the usage of Present Simple in these sentence. Sorry in advance to anyone whose name i pronounce wrong. You can assume that he is just telling a fact but it is said in an ...
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When(Where) + past or present?

I don't know whether to choose to use past simple or present simple after when(where). For example: I like the part where he kills the villain. I like the part where he killed the villain. 1 and 2 ...
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Present Simple as Future

We use Present Simple when the thing that will happen in the future time. But can we use Present Simple when no time is specified. For example: What happens to him after that? Choose what happens to ...
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Present simple question

Choose what happens to him. Choose what will happen to him. Choose what is going to happen to him. Why is Present Simple used at 1 and what are the differences of these sentences?
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What is the use of the word “being” in this sentence?

I have come across the sentence below from this site. Now, it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to bring forward one case of the hybrid offspring of two animals clearly distinct being ...
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“is appearing in a movie” vs. “appears in a movie”

I don't know which tense I should choose in this sort of sentences: Angelina Jolie appears/is appearing in a movie titled Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie plays/is playing the part of Christine Collins ...
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When he sees sisters or When he sees the sisters?

Which one is correct: Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees sisters being happy. Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees the sisters being ...
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Using “was” even though it still is the case

Is it okay to say was even though it still is the case? He had his xray this morning and it was normal. He had his xray this morning and it’s normal.
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Has grown up vs has been growing up [closed]

Are "has grown up" and "has been growing up" the same thing? I was doing practice, and the answer says these are the same, except "has grown up" is more concise. I would just like clarification. ...
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Tenses in English

Sandra finds her mobile phone very useful. She uses it all the time She has been using it all the time. Which one is correct in the second sentence? Please tell me!
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It has been or it is

Someone was ill. He recovered one week ago. Now he is well. Which of the following should he say? i. It has been a week I am well. ii. It is a week I have been well.
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“Diabetes claims thousands of lives” vs. “Diabetes is claiming thousands of lives”

At the rate of one death every two minutes, diabetes ______ (claim) over 340,000 lives annually –just over half the death rate of cancer. According to answer key, the correct one is claims: At ...
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Is it okay to say we or us even if you are no longer part of something?

I now work in marketing but I used to work in production. How do you compare marketing to production? Here in marketing, your suggestion gets considered. In production, they just ask us to do menial ...
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Present simple and Past simple: exported or exports?

I have a question that makes me confused for a long time. In the speaking test at school, I said: "India exported the most rice in the world". Then, my teacher said I should use: "India exports the ...
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This is with regards to usage of Present Perfect or present tense

Question is : He____(be) carrying his wallet for three years. He thinks it _____(be) lucky for him. What should (be) be replaced with and why? It seems the answer is He has been(be) carrying his ...
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This question is related to present perfect tense and the uses of never in it

They have never returned from that city. This is a single time event ,can we use never in this sentence. Instead of this can we use They have not returned from that city
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What is the difference between “have interviewed” and “are interviewing” in this sentence?

Could you please explain the difference in meaning in the following sentences. The detectives have interviewed two people this week. The detectives are interviewing two people this week. ...
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Ali is a great manager. He is/was a born leader

I'm having trouble with the following sentence: 1) Ali is a great manager. He is a born leader. 2) Ali is a great manager. He was a born leader. I'd say that (1) is the right one since Ali ...
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He prepared for school like he always does (or did?)

I think that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: He prepared for school like he always does. Should it be more grammatical to say: He prepared for school like he always did. The ...
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Diagramming “There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around”

There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around. Can someone diagram this sentence for me? I remember that "-ing" form as present participle can represent an event that is ...
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Can somebody help me with tenses?

I have a problem. I don't understand what does this "result" should look like in present perfect, because when I see in movie that a character says: I forgot it. The result is that he doesn't ...
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“Has someone smoked” vs. “Has someone been smoking”

If I come into a room full of smoke, should I ask: A: "Has someone smoked here?" or: B: "Has someone been smoking here?" I can literally see the smoke, but the person who was smoking has ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present?

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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Tense use in the Rolling Stones song “As tears go by”

Is the use of the Present Simple grammatically accurate in these lyrics, or is it an example of so-called poetic license that allows for violating grammar rules for the sake of rhyme: It is the ...
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Difference between Pr. Simple and Pr. Continuous

During one of my recent English lessons I have faced some problems with the strong understanding when to use the present simple or the present continuous. There are some examples of what I have met ...
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present simple + recently

Today I got into argument with my colleague about the answer of below question. She claims both are possible but choice 2 is the better one saying that "economics is a branch of science and if we ...
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Would have been beeping

I would just like to know if this is idiomatic? If that machine were broken, that would have been beeping since I turned it on.
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Present perfect been/ gone: to or in?

Do we ask Has he ever been to Germany? OR Has he ever gone to Germany? OR Has he ever been in Germany? Negative: He has never gone to Germany. OR He has never been in Germany. ...
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Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one?

Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one , for example, like this : It has just crossed my mind so I added it. In this sentence, I only want to emphasize the first action to be ...
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present perfect combined with simple present and present continuous

Suppose that you are talking to your friends about some of the customer reviews regarding their online shopping experiences. This is what you would say to them. (ex) I have just read some customer ...
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Can we use two different tenses in a sentence

Is this correct ? Can we use two different tenses , like this one for example : ( happened and drops ) “What my parents think happened when a bottle of shampoo drops on the bathroom floor.....” (...
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Present tense or Will

The person who wins gets the prize The person who wins will get the prize The person who will win gets the prize The person who will win will get the prize Which of the above are ...
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Present Perfect study English

I study English I don’t understand this sentence: "I think most of you have probably received a tin of her cookies over the years" Why someone used Present Perfect?
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous in “It happens because ice ____ (FLOAT) into the Atlantic Ocean.”

I've come across a grammar task for English Exam preparation. There goes a text: A survey by the Japan Agency for Science and Technology shows that Arctic ice is melting (Present Continuous is used ...
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Informal question construction: “Anyone know what…”, “Everyone finished?”

I've encountered this slight problem with an informal sentence: Anyone know what a serrated knife is? I thought the sentence was incorrect - there's no ·s for the third person singular. However, ...
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Will vs Present tense

I hope he arrives soon vs I hope he will arrive soon I don't know if he leaves today vs I don't know if he will leave today I know he knows vs I know he will know I hope it heals soon ...
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Confused to use Present Simple Tense or Present Perfect Tense

Today Bangladesh has won any tri nation series very firstly. The Daily Star has wrote, " Bangladesh win tri-nation series final. " My question is, Shouldn’t it be like Bangladesh has won tri-nation ...
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What is the difference in this case between present progressive and present perfect continuous

For the following questions you can answer using "I have studied for 2 hours. "I studied for 2 hours." "I am studying for 2 hours." First Question: What can she say at 4pm? "I am studying for 2 ...
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Does the present fit in this case

January 1st is on Saturday next year or january will be on Saturday next year I think present fits because it is something that can't be changed . So what is the better solution, is it only a point ...
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That's where past/present-tense [closed]

The bag where I buy at the shop is missing. The bag where I bought at the shop is missing. Which one is correct?
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~all of which + having vs. have?

We had exams three days ago, and there's a question I still don't get. We had to correct (but were not allowed to split into two sentences): Good papers do not merely review literature and then say ...
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Is it correct to say “Luke can't swim today, he is having a cold”?

Is the continuous form of "have" ok in the sentence "he's having a cold"? Or is it ONLY correct and possible to say "He has a cold"? I can't figure out if in this case "have a cold" is a state verb ...
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Past tense or present tense with after

Some people after you help them, just go away. Or Some people after you helped them just go away. Or Some people after you’ve help them just go away? Thanks
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Use of right tense

Can we say: Now it's 05:05 pm. We haven't finished the work yet when they have already arrived. Is it a correct sentence? Is there any problem about it?
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They think he learns fast or they think he is learning fast? [closed]

They think he learns fast or They think he is learning fast? What is correct?