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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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Now it's 05:05 pm. We haven't finished the work yet when they have already arrived

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 here 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? [on hold]

They think he learns fast or They think he is learning fast? What is correct?
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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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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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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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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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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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“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 ...
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Is this an example of historical present

Their manager came off and told them the interview is not sanctionned and to stop immediatly. I remember watching Sting, who had been posing coolly during the interview with a straw dangling from ...
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“It doesn't matter” or “it won't matter”?

It doesn't matter. It won't matter. Where is correct? Still confused when I use it so tell me good people where is the correct what should I talk
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Present perfect simple vs present perfect progressive

Why we use the present perfect rather than the present perfect progressive? Example: Passengers who (have spent) days sleeping on the airport floor are perplexed as to why only one third of flights ...
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Which Verb form shall we use to describe completed / Finished Action referring to Present tense

Scenario, I Change the date of program and wanted to inform to my friends. Which Tense Should I use? ........That is why I change this date. Is the above sentence construction is correct to ...
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“I don't see” vs “I am not seeing him”

Source I am doing grammar tests and came across the following: My brother (do) a degree at university so I (see) him very often, unfortunately. The aim of the test is to fill each gap with the ...
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What is the difference - 'is doing' vs 'does'?

Could you please explain what is the difference between the followings and when one of them should be used instead of the another? My brother is doing a degree at university so I don't see him very ...
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“ing”-form after “while” / “during” question

I was wondering - when using "while" usually the "ing" form of a verb follows but what if the sentence continues? Example: While his friends are enjoying (1. ing) their vacation at the beach he ...
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Present simple or Past simple

Can you tell me which of following sentence is correct and please explain to me. I meet a person who has been a programmer for 2 years and ask Why do you want to be a programmer? Why did you want to ...
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“I try” versus “I am trying” when talking about an achievement

When talking of a task somebody is trying to achieve, is it better to use the present tense or the present progressive tense? Between the following sentences, I find the first more correct. I am ...
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What is the tense of: is located

Consider the sentence: The shop is located near the bus stand. Is it present tense? Doubt is ---- is a helping verb presentence and located is past tense.
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This paragraph (is taken / has been) taken from book

We usually write this e.g "this paragraph is taken from book" or "this paragraph has been taken from book". and "this poem is written by" or "this poem has been written by" Could ...
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mistake or mistook?

I saw the following sentence, and am wondering whether "mistake" should be replaced with "mistook." Plastic bags have been found in the guts of dead sea turtles, which mistake them for jellyfish. ...
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“were” used as a subjunctive is present or past?

Given the 2 examples below: I wish you were here now If he were in the situation that you've been 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have bothered about it now The word 'were' is used as a subjunctive and my ...
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Present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous

What's the difference between: [...] who have been dominating the sport for a couple of years. [...] who has been dominating the sport for a couple of years [...] who had been dominating the sport ...
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“The links are not working” vs. “the links don't work”

My manager at work has sent me two links for competitors in order to check their products. Unfortunately, these links are not working. I want to send a reply to my manager to inform her of this ...
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what to use? future tense or present tense after where

In the example the move on Y axis will not be started until I switch the toggle into the position where input 4 will be set to Low. or In the example the move on Y axis will not be started until ...
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“We all know the climate changes, it has in the past, it is changing now”

We all know the climate changes, it has in the past, it is changing now and it will in the future, but what is different about what we are doing now compared to what happened in the Cretaceous? ...
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Present Simple vs Future Simple vs Present Continuous vs “Going to” vs Future Obligation for events in near future

Grammar tells us that Present Simple, Future Simple, Present Continuous, Future obligation, and "Going to" can all speak about the events that take place in the future. But for near future events what ...
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Why not present continuous or “going to” for these events?

This week, we are going on a trip to Europe. First, we will stop in London for five days. Then we fly to Rome for two days. After that, we go to Vienna. Why not present continuous if all has ...
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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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When…+present perfect [closed]

Is Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she has moved to another city. Or Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she had moved to another ...
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Present participle Future

Is this sentence correct? "I have all the documents and I should be filing it this week." I know (I will be filing...) would work, but I was just wondering if the above sentence is acceptable.
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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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tense: “are” or “were”

Is the present tense "are" properly used in the following? Why wasn't "were" used instead? "And it makes sense, up to a point, to debate ending remedies for discrimination that are more appropriate ...
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“Who WAS/ IS the father of…” Question type

If I knew Mike's (just an example) father is dead and Mike himself is dead already and suppose I don't know the name of his father. Which of the following form of question is more grammatically ...
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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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The future simple vs. The present simple

As Cambridge Dictionary puts it "will" used when referring to something that always or usually happens. Here is an example: "accidents will happen" Does it mean that if I use the present simple ...
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That would require that he imagine(s?) something

Which one is correct? And why? "That would require that he imagine something." "That would require that he imagines something."
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence ...
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why don't we use present perfect simple to explain that the action is still in progress

When we say " he has written many books" it does mean that he began in the past writing books and goes up to now , but it does not say that he will write another book or if he is not dead he will ...
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Present simple and continuous (which use?)

In my grammar book I've encountered sentences where(according to the answers) there is possible both- present simple and present continuous, but I can understand only the use of pr. simple. Wheather ...
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Is it “were” or “are” in: “Where are/were you when I needed you?”

Where were you when I needed you? I used the phrase Where are you when I needed you? Is the grammar correct? I don't know if it is.
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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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“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 ...