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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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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Combine regular time spans with restricted time spans

I know that we use the present simple to talk about actions that happen regularly, and the present progressive to talk about actions that are happening as we speak. For example: I am going to school ...
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Difference between continuous and simple

If I ask someone "How do your parents punish you this year", am I asking him what his parents do when they catch him doing bad, but only this year? Whereas in "How are your parents ...
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“He was the first one to complete the challenge” “I forget his name”

I'm really confused about present and past tense usage, I'll provide some examples. He was the first one to complete the challenge Why not is? Because right now, he's still in fact the first man to ...
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It (is/has been) four years since our family has had a vacation

It is four years since our family has had a vacation. It has been four years since our family has had a vacation. What is the difference between these two sentences? And why is sentence 1 even ...
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“This is the tent I had when I was a little boy.” VS “This is the tent I have had since I was a little boy.”

Daddy Pig says:"This is the tent I had when I was a little boy." If he said :"This is the tent I have had since I was a little boy". Are there any subtle differences between the ...
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“Do you know” vs. “Did you know”

I know the difference in general, but it still confuses me when it comes to certain contexts, including the following: I love a girl and I'm wondering if she knows that I love her. I'm talking about ...
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I don't know who {had stolen/stole/has stolen} your book

I gave my students a test with the following task: I don't know who ___ your book. and 3 response options: a) had stolen b) stole c) has stolen The key states that c) is correct, but I have a ...
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already faced said reprisal and came back for more

It seems to me that "came back for more" refers to "already faced said reprisal and came back for more (reprisal)". But then the grammar is inconsistent: The present perfect (have ...
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Ambiguous use of present prefect and present tenses

I want to know whether which usage of present prefect and present tenses are used correctly between these two sentences shown below. Sentence one: He always passes all his exams even after he has ...
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Different tense in one sentence

I have been trying to use the 'past perfect' tense and other related grammars in my sentence. I want to make sure if the sentences below are grammatically correct. I would also like to know if these ...
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Can I freely combine the present perfect simple tense with the present perfect progressive tense within the same sentence or is it bad grammar?

Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina watch him. Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina are watching him. Jim is talking to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina ...
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what are the appropriate tense forms to be used in these sentences and why?

She promised me that she (to ring up) me as soon as she (to return) from London. She (to tell) me that the plane (to take off) at exactly 5 o'clock. I learned that she (to get) a parcel from her ...
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difference between present simple and future simple [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? The first one is in present simple tense and second one is in future simple tense but the difference in the meaning is not clear. We fly to ...
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Choosing between Present Continuous and Present Simple for an action taking place right now

Is there any rule in English regulating how I should choose between Present Continuous and Present Simple when I refer to the things happening at the moment? For example: (interrogation scene, a ...
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Present progressive for facts

I read on one of the forums that a native speaker may use both the present simple and the progressive interchangeably in a sentence like "I am living in Dublin" instead of "I live in ...
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Present simple and present progressive to describe current action, limited duration, temprary state

Are the simple present and the progressive interchangeable in the sentences below? For example, 1. "They live/are living in poverty" (a current state-is expressed by the progressive but with ...
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“I am living in Berlin” (it's been 30 years)

Would a native speaker say "I am living in Berlin" instead of "I live in Berlin" if it's not their hometown and they have been living there for 30 years and they are still living ...
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“How does he get on at school?” instead of “How is getting on at school”?

Is the sentence "How does he do at school?" and "How does he get on at school?" correct and can be used instead of "How is he doing and getting on at school?" if we are ...
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Limited duration, temporary action and current trend

What's the difference between a limited duration, a temporary action and the current trend? "She is learning English." (Limited and temporary) "She is working in a bank." (...
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Enjoy or enjoying, come or are coming

The sentences are from "English Grammar Practice" by L.G. Alexaner. In this exercise according to the book's answer key only "are coming" and "are asking" are correct in #...
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Which tense should I use with so far in the following sentences?

How many ice creams did you eat/have you eaten in the morning so far?
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present or past tense when referring books [duplicate]

You should read the book and see what he means/meant by...... Question: Do we use present or past tense for a book? And does it matter if it's fictional books (Shakespeare) or fact (political/religion)...
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What tense is better to use

Please help me understand which tense it is better to use in the following situation: Alan meets Steve by chance. Steve doesn't recognise Alan, but Alan does recognise Steve. Alan is Steve's sister's ...
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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difference between present perfect continuous and simple with negative sentences

I have not met her very often lately I have not been meeting her very often lately. Is the only difference between these 2 sentences the continuity of the action the first means a recently finished ...
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“I have not been seeing her very often lately”

I have not met her very often lately (that means that I only have seen her once or twice) BUT if I have seen may be 5 or 6 times can I use I have not been seeing her very often lately
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“I did not complain and tell/told myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem.”

Which sentence is grammatically correct? I did not complain and tell myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem. Or: I did not complain and told myself to calm down and try to ...
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Present tense referring to general facts

You know the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and it's a general fact. Then, If I say just 'the sun rises' to describe the general fact, is it wrong? Must the verb modified because ...
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…and is/has gone a second later when

Jack is walking down the hallway when suddenly he hears footsteps just around the corner. He runs for the nearest door and is/has gone a second later when Pete and Toby come around the corner. (The ...
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İf + Present “Using” for future?

İ have a question. İf(when) his team is champion, he is happy.(he will (be) happy). > this can means for future? Tnx
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How do you form “did” sentences?

Which one of the following is correct? "How did you know what marks I got?" "How did you know what marks I get?" "How did you know what marks I have got?" "How did ...
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Which tense would be appropriate to mean that: “I've stopped doing an action that I used to do often.”?

I want to write a sentence which means that: I used to go to the gym often, but not anymore. The sentence that I wrote was this. "I recently go(went) to the gym often because I become interested ...
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Past simple and present simple

Should I say “I saw the kid. He is sleeping on the couch” or “I see the kid. He is sleeping on the couch”
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What's the verb form when use “I am” with “Who” restrictive clause?

In grammaly software, When I wrote "I am" with Restrictive clause "who" , for a simple present sentence, with verb in it's base form, it suggests to change the verb to ...
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Disambiguate (Did bring) and (have brought). Did you bring your passport? Have you brought your passport?

(1) I did bring it. (2) I have brought it. Are these both the present perfect simple? Could someone please tell me the difference between: Did you bring your passport? Have you brought your passport?
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Converting “My travel ban was lifted” to present tense

I'm a English learner, and I'm trying to convert the following sentence to present tense. My travel ban was lifted. When we convert this to present tense, is the following correct? My travel ban ...
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would have been/would be

I wish everyone was beautiful in this world. And nobody would have been ugly like me. I have a doubt concerning the second sentence. And nobody would be ugly like me. And nobody would have been ...
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Present Perfect questions?

If we have sentences like (he is a teacher) can we make it in present perfect to be (he been a teacher)? If the answer no why?
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When to use to-be verb and when to not using to-be verb?

I'm still learning Part of Speech and some tenses, but in the basic, I got confused. Like this, "I work" and "I am Work" Why is the one using "am" and the other one is ...
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“won't imagine ”vs “don't imagine”

You probably --------------------( not imagine) where I ----------------(write) you from answer don't imagine am writing I was just wondering if "won't imagine "can fit to because she can ...
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They used to think we are/were siblings?

I happened to see this sentence the other day: They used to think we are siblings. Is this correct usage? I have a feeling that it is wrong. But If it is correct, Is there a meaning difference if I ...
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the company has signed or the company signed?

Why is it "this year the company has signed contracts to equip two large factories" and not "this year the company signed contracts to equip large factories" So you say has signed ...

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