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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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Past Simple vs. Present Perfect

I didn't grow out of it. or I haven't grown out of it. Which sentence is grammatically more correct? I'd rather say the second, but I saw in the text the first one.
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Which tense to use in an academic paper when referring to past research?

I am writing a paper in mathematics. Stone theorems have a long history. B [B78] proved the stone theorem for the B model. C and D [CD14] not only prove a stone theorem for the cake process in ...
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“I heard the clock strike ten”: why not “striked ten”?

I heard the clock strike ten. Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?
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Difference between “We are married for 5 years” and “We have been married for 5 years”

What is the difference between... We are married for 5 years. We have been married for 5 years.
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Significance of inversion: 'Here comes Bob' vs 'Bob is coming here'

Here comes Bob. Bob is coming here. Would anyone please explain what is the difference between these?
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Usage of the Present simple and the Future Progressive [duplicate]

Why we use the Present Simple in the sentence: The train leaves at half past six tomorrow morning. I think the future progressive also may use there. It is because future progressive can denote ...
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Why should we use 'Did you come?' instead of 'Did you came?'? [duplicate]

I know 'Did' is the past tense of 'Do' and if we want to ask question in present tense 'Do you come?' and in past tense it is 'Did you come?'. Why don't we use 'Did you came?' as came is the past ...
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Difference in sentence meaning between present continuous and simple present constructions

What is the difference between the following sentences? He is always shooting his mouth off about how good he is. (present continuous) He always shoots his mouth off about how good he is. (...
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Have to / having to?

As fas as I know, "have to" is the commoner version of the two, but I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". She has to / is having to look after herself now. ...
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“got” vs. “have got”

Reg: What's that you have got Meggie? Reg: Show us. Meggie: No, she's mine! I got her for my birthday! Reg: We just want to have a look. Reg used the present perfect have got in the ...
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Confusion about the use of the present simple in a story

I am reading a plot summary of "Wuthering Heights", a story written by Emily Brontë. One day Mr Earnshaw, father of Catherine and Hindley, goes to Liverpool on business. When he returns, he brings ...
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The usage of the present simple for the future actions

I've got a bunch of examples dealing with the same issue. I have had some opinions on them but some of the opinions are controversial. So, I hope to get a better picture from you. The issue deals with ...
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Which tense should we use in telling a story of any movie?

One of my friends good at English suggested that better storytelling of a movie be in conditional modal verb 'would' over present tense 'is'. Having said that... The hero would be a salesperson ...
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“We plan” versus “we are planning”

Is there a semantic difference between the following two sentences? In the future, we are planning to migrate our tool to the Z3 solver. In the future, we plan to migrate our tool to the Z3 ...
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Sequence of tenses for facts irrelevant of the moment of speech

Let's consider two sentences: (1) I suggested that the word zeitgeist was of German origin. (2) The lecturer said the Pluto's orbital period is more than 200 years. In both cases, the facts are ...
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Use of Since with Present & Present Perfect Tense

I am confused about where we can use "since" with the present tense. Which of the following examples would be correct? We are involved with Telecom Industry since 2015 We have involved with Telecom ...
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Meaning of the present tense in this context?

If someone says "We leave London at 10.00 next Tuesday and arrive in Paris at 13.00. We spend two hours in Paris and leave again at 15.00.." What do here present tenses mean? Do they mean like; ...
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“have read” vs “read” - Is this simple present vs present perfect?

I have read an interesting book yesterday and underlined the new words which are simple but effective. Present perfect tense specifies an action that has recently finished. The above sentence is ...
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Difference between “dry” and “dried”

What is the difference between these questions: Have the clothes dried? Have the clothes gotten dry? Have the clothes gotten dried?
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Grammar: Phrase and Actions

Our clothes sell so well in this country that we have no need to export. Two questions. Our clothes sell so well in this country... Is this part of the sentence a noun phrase although it ...
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You look good vs You are looking good

I have been told that 'you look good' is the perfect compliment to give. Because 'you are looking good' is not colloquial. How correct is it? For example, if I have to ask others about myself: How ...
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Which one must I use “see/am seeing” and what is your reason?

Right now I am looking at the board. I see/am seeing some words on the board. Would you possibly readily or simply tell me which one? And why?
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is it possible to use the present simple tense with the time marker 'this evening'?

Recently I have come across the following usage of the present simple tense in the coursebook Cambridge English Key for Schools Result OUP 2013: Excuse me. Do you close at 8 o'clock this evening? ~ ...
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what is the difference between “ when it rains” and “when it is going to rain”

I will buy an umbrella when it rains. I will buy an umbrella when it is going to rain. What is the difference between the first one and the second one? Besides, can I change it to "when it is ...
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I was wondering vs. I am wondering vs. I wonder

If I would like to make requests, should I use “I was wondering…” instead of “I am wondering…” and “I wonder…”? If yes, what’s the most appropriate situation to use “I am wondering…” and “I wonder…”?
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A new school {has been / is} built

I have come across such a gapped sentence in a placement test for pre-intermediate-intermediate students to the course book, Choices by Adrian Tennant (2012): A new school ... in our city. A ...
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'We are having a party this evening' - Why do we use the present continuous?

I have a sentence: We are having a party this evening. I don't know why we use present continuous. In grammar, we don't use having for possess.
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The simple present for future? [duplicate]

I did search on the internet. but I couldn't still understand well how to use simple present for future. every grammar book says "simple present is used for events in the future which are 'timetabled, ...
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“as we discuss in detail in a moment” - why not “as we'll discuss”?

The term 'raising verb' is potentially confusing. It is not the verb itself that undergoes movement. Rather, it is the complement subject that raises into the matrix clause, as we discuss in detail in ...
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What does it actually mean by specified time?

My friend told me that I've visited America when I was a kid Was wrong because ...was a kid is a specified point in the past. He said I should use I visited America when I was a kid How ...
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I see a bus come

If you are at a bus stop, and see a bus coming, which version would you say, 1 or 2? I see a bus come. I see a bus coming. If it is #2, then what does #1 mean exactly?
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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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How do you say that tree rings (are - will be) closer if there isn't much rain [in a year]?

Which of these sentences is true? If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree are close together OR If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree will be close together If I ...
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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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“It has been a tough day” vs. “it is a tough day”

We have discussed Present Perfect versus Past Simple in "It has been on the news" vs. "it was on the news". Now I'm asking about Present Perfect versus Present Simple. I know ...
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Recent past which tense I should use?

You have been replaced by another person. You were replaced by another person. You are replaced by another person. If something happens in recent past, which tense should I use? What is ...
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Is this grammatical? 'Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points'

I saw this sentence on the internet. Uh-oh! Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points I wonder how two verbs (look, be) exist in one sentence. Is the grammar in this sentence right?
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Proper way of using past tense

which one is correct and why ? 1- I will help you once I understand how it works or 2- I will help you once I understood how it works
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Can a present tense have the meaning of perfect tense?

"But this is important." "Something you have to say is more important than the Ministry of Magic, Potter?" "Look," said Harry, throwing caution to the winds, "Professor—it's about the ...
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Guaranteed / Guarantee to love [duplicate]

When you promote a product or service that a user hasn't experienced yet, would you use 'Guarantee to love' or 'Guaranteed to love'?
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Is this constuction common/usual? present perfect + until + present simple

I have not noticed this construct until now. All what I was taught in ELL books was related to the moment now but not as a verb in the simple present form. I understand that "until" seems to be used ...
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Comparative questions with regard to perfect aspect of present tense

Can you please answer my comparative questions below as I am puzzled to use verb "think" with perfect aspect of present tense? Context is a situation where I've been looking for my wallet for the ...
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Tend to be/become (tending)

Over time students tend to be better at their skills. Over time students tend to become better at their skills. Which is correct? Can we use present continues? Over time students are tending to be ...
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Should you use present or past tense when telling people about your work experience? [duplicate]

Say, I worked for a Japanese bakery in 2010-2012. Now that I am going to tell the people in the new bakery shop about my experience. Shall I say: (1), "I have two years of experience in bakery", or (2)...