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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Which verb form should we use with present tense.?

Which verb form should we use with present tense.? A) I am glad to find/found you. B) I just find / found it. C) OK OK you win / won the discussion.
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“As if we were are …” What does it mean? Present or Past?

I happened across this expression "as if we were are..." I would appreciate if someone simplifies the meaning & illustrates the tense? Here is the context: After just one phone call or e-mail ...
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How to say that something is always going to be done certain way using passive voice?

For instance if I want to say that I work after I get money, but I want to use "work" in passive voice (I think). Is "A work is done after I get money." correct? I mean I always do work this way, it's ...
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Is this grammar correct? I've been looking for similar sentences but couldn't find anything

My question is: It would be great if you buy us pizza. I said this to my friend when I was trying hard to convince him to buy us pizza. I am currently studying conditionals and found out that since I ...
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Help me, please, to choose between Perfect and Continuous

Here's the end of the text presented in a question I posted previously. The coastal ice in parts of Canada and Alaska has become quite brittle. Ice easily breaks away in large pieces and melts in ...
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Why does this sentence use present tense to represent the future?

Term break commences tomorrow 25 March. This is the original message sent from my school. Why they don't use future tense: Term break will commence tomorrow 25 March? Any difference or special ...
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had predicted or predict?

Does the past perfect in the following passage have a past event as its anchor point? To be a good scientist, you have to be tolerant and patient when experiments or interpretations do not turn ...
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mixing simple present with present progressive

The children sit on the sofa, watching TV. Their mom watches too. Is it weird or normal to write "watches" in the example above when I have just used "watching"?
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“I am living in London” and “I have lived in London”

Tell me please the difference between using Present Perfect and Present Continuous in these sentences. I am living in London. I have lived in London. The idea is to tell that right now I live in ...
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Is it correct to use 'have had + verb (past participle)'?

A reward has been announced for the employees who have worked or have had worked hard. As far as I understand this is an example of present perfect tense. Here, have is an auxiliary verb and it will ...
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Why is the present simple used?

I don't understand why the present simple tense is used in this sentence. Could anyone explain it for me?
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present progressive with always that does not imply annoyance?

What is the difference between I am always coming back I always come back I know that always+present progressive can be used to show annoyance but in this example I don't think it is the case and ...
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Why is it supposed to be “couldn't get” instead of “couldn't got”?

Why is "Why couldn't she get tickets" correct instead of "Why couldn't she got tickets"? Why is it get in the present instead of got in the past tense?
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Present Simple and Present Continous

There are 2 examples. 1) I am visiting a psychologist. (but perhaps I am not visiting a psychologist at the time of speaking) 2) I visit a psychologist. What is the difference between these 2 ...
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How can I know when a present-tense verb has a future time implication not strictly a present time one?

When do I know that the present tense has a future implication not a present one? For instance: We are making some changes to the speech and we are losing the ‘ocean’ part. Does the verb losing here ...
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Tense of subordinate clause after “I confirmed that”

Which is best among the following sentences, and why? 1. I confirmed that now the page was updated. 2. I confirmed that now the page is updated. 3. I confirmed that now the page has been updated.
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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“to reach his office” vs “will reach his office”

If I want to use the present or the future in this case, which one is better? I am talking about instructions that I must tell a person something. Sit on this chair and wait for the manager to reach ...
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Why is it not possible to use present perfect in this case?

I wrote a note after ordering both records: Please do not send until the other records from the series have been out. Why can I not use present perfect? Present in this case is better. I don't ...
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It is not correctly? Review Present Continuous and Present Simply

I'm learning english and I have problem with translation name of sound: "Tell Me When We're Having Fun". I not understand why was Present Continuous form of tense used? Is it not should use Present ...
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is it “I have traveled or I travel”

which is correct? This is the third time I have traveled to Italy this year. or This is the third time I travel to Italy this year.
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“Up to + Day” - Tense choices

May I use present continuous to replace future continuous for the following sentence? Up to Friday, the cinema will be offering tickets at half off the regular price. May I also say: Up to ...
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“In no time” - choose the correct verbal construction

Why do we have to choose the future continuous construction for the following sentence? “The doctor says I will be feeling better in no time.” Can’t I use the present continuous cpnstruction? ...
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“Starting” or “to start?”

Can you please help me with the following sentences which one would be correct? What is the difference between them and when I should use -ing form and when -to+infinitive in similar cases? "I ...
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Can you use “had” for the present tense?

Your suggested edit is pending review. Editor Stats CJ Dennis had 2 edit suggestions approved, and 0 edit suggestions rejected Is "had" correct in that sentence? It is the number I ...
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Is “You are influencing your negative behavior over me” grammatically well-formed and natural-sounding to native speakers?

I don’t believe this sentence sounds right: You are influencing your negative behavior over me. I'd instead rephrase it more like this: Your behavior creates a negative influence over me. Is that ...
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How does Present Continuous [used in repetetive situations] sound to a native speaker?

We know that grammatically the Present Simple tense is used when we're speaking about some mundane, every day, usual situations (especially when we list them) For example, every day I drink a cup ...
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Present or Present Perfect in this sentence with an imaginary statement [duplicate]

I wrote: the associated organizations must act urgently in introducing a new word for a foreign word before it has been widespread / becomes widespread / has become widespread / would been ...
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What is the tense of “I play now”?

I play games now. I want a chocolate now. Why not I am playing/wanting? What is the tense of such these sentences? Are they grammatical? Are they formal? Edit: If that was a simple present ...
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Which is the understood subject of “Rejoicing.”

Garbo plays the role of the queen, rejoicing in the love she has found with Antonio. I understand that present participle has an understood subject. So in this case, which one is it? source: https://...
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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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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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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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