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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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Confusion about Present Perfect Progressive

As the country has developed, its people have been undergoing significant changes in their lives. I am not sure whether this sentence makes sense although I wrote it. If I decided to start like "as ...
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Past simple + present perfect: is it possible?

Can you ask this question in English? Did your mother have your lunch done yesterday? Thanks
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Present Progressive or Simple Present

I have a question about using present tenses; would it be said that: Robots are being developed Robots are developed I would say it is present progressive because the process is not ...
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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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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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When to use present continuous

If something is planned you have been imposed, can that be considered as an arrangment to use present continuous? For example, you received an email saying there will be some work in 3 weeks along ...
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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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“are you wanting” vs. “do you want”

What are your motivations for doing this course? What do you want to achieve? Are you wanting a practical outcome, are you just browsing, or do you want to further develop your understanding of a ...
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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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'Is' vs 'has been'

"It is/has been 40 years since I left college" Which one of 'is' and 'has been' should be preferred in above sentence and why?
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present continuous in this case

I am flying to Spain tomorrow and am staying/will stay there one week. What is the best solution I think both are valid.
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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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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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wrong subtitle in a film

In the film "Basse Normandie" of Simon Regiani and Patricia Mazuy, I saw this subtitle, is it possible I have been working while I wait for you I think it should be: while I was waiting or ...
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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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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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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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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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Problem with the meaning of the verb

I have a problem about the use of tense of a verb. On the TOEFL test, there is a sentence mixed the past with the present. It it possible to use the past and the present in one sentence? When we can ...
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What will be acceptable

"Melanie starts school tomorrow." or "Melanie will start school from tomorrow". 1st sentence is simple present tense and the 2nd one is simple future tense, so my question instead of simple ...
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Present tense passive (The moon is made of the same material as earth.)

The moon is made of the same material as earth. I got this sentence from a grammar book as an example of present tense. However, the past participle made is confusing to me. Is this also an example ...
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The present perfect with “once”: “I'll do it once I have (had) a chance”

I have read some sentences including ''once'' , ''will'' and ''perfect tense'' I will comment on this once I have had a chance to print it out on Monday I will comment further on this once I ...
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Past Perfect or Present Perfect for the verb “Think”?

The context is a situation where I've been looking for my keys for the last a couple of minutes. First, I check the pockets of my trousers, then I check the drawers. When I was checking the ...
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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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How to identify that it is progressive verb or temporary activity

She is smelling a black rose. (Progressive verb) She is looking at the sky. (Temporary activity) We say that first sentence is a progressive verb but second is a temporary activity. I believe both ...
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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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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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“Have you ever worked in a …” vs. “Have you ever been working in a …”

Which one of these sentences is right, the perfect simple or the perfect continuous? A: Have you ever worked in a factory? B: No, never! or A: Have you ever been working in a factory? B: No,...
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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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Difference between “Have Thought”, “Have Just Thought” and “Just Thought”?

I was told that use of present perfect is incorrect in the context below as thinking action is discrete event and there isn't any relevance with the current situation. (Context is a situation where I'...
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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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usage of present perfect tense

My question is about the use of present perfect tense. To my knowledge this tense is used for the actions that have started in the past and continues up until now. I have questions about different ...
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Indication of different times

I am very happy to have helped you. I'm very happy to be helped you. I'm very happy to help you. I was very happy to had helped you. By the first sentence, I wanted to mean that I've helped someone ...
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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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what is better in this case

please add this record to the parcel if you have found it or you found it I think both tenses are ok in this case but for me the first version is better because it has an impact on the present ...
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When to use leave off and left off?

I'm trying to write a sentence that describes a feature in student assessment software. When the feature is enabled: Students can only take a quiz once. If students logs out and back in, they ...
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Will get married vs getting married

I am little bit confused about these sentences. Both are correct. We can use continuous tense for future meaning but one of my teachers said it sounds funny. Which one is correct and why with reason? ...
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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?
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Can I use present perfect twice and present simple + simple past in the same sentence?

I have just checked your bank account, and it appears that you have already received all of the money that I sent you. I am not sure if I can use second past perfect verb tense in the same sentence ...
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Elementary: Confusion with usage of plural form in present simple

Have been following a book, but I am getting confused. See the below 2 sentences: 1) In Britain the banks usually open at 9:30 in the morning. 2) The City Museum closes at 5 o'clock in the evening. ...
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This restaurant has become popular in recent years. (event or process?)

Does the sentence This restaurant has become popular in recent years. imply an ongoing, continuous process (becoming popular) that has been happening during the recent years? Or does it mean that ...
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i repaired vs i was repairing

dialog 1. my friend asks me general question "What did you do yesterday?" and for example my car is broken and the damage is to big so it can not be fixed within one day.Do i have to use past simple ...
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Present Perfect and Present Continuous tenses in one sentence with only one subject

Are the tenses in this sentence correct: We have placed order for required parts and waiting to get them.
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“Has sat” vs “Has sit”

My friend and I were looking towards our boss and wondering when to enter his room to speak to him. Usually, a good indication of whether he is free or not is to check whether he is sitting down. So ...
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Have you ever negative form

I have to create negative question in present perfect: I know how to ask positive question, it will be: "Have you ever paid a bill?" But the task says "not pay" so should I ask: "Have you ever ...
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What kind of fish (will you use/are you using/do you use)?

If I see my friend preparing her/his fish for cooking, and I wonder what kind of fish it is, what is the suitable sentence to ask her/him? (a) What kind of fish will you use? (b) What kind of ...