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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Present simple + time? “I can't do it for the next 5 hours”

Is it correct to say something in present tense, but it has a time information that will be taking place until a certain time in the Future. For example, I can't do it for the next 5 hours.
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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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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present?

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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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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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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“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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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 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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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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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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“…many patients are seeking out transplants in other countries” — what if “seek out” were used?

I was reading an article on HowStuffWorks and came across the following: The shortage of donated organs in the United States is so severe that many patients are seeking out transplants in other ...
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“is changed” vs “has changed”

In the following podcast at 1:57 the reporter appears to say: "How is your life changed in the last few years?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DFyqiS-ZCY#t=126 I'd like to understand why not "has ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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Diagramming “There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around”

There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around. Can someone diagram this sentence for me? I remember that "-ing" form as present participle can represent an event that is ...
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“Has someone smoked” vs. “Has someone been smoking”

If I come into a room full of smoke, should I ask: A: "Has someone smoked here?" or: B: "Has someone been smoking here?" I can literally see the smoke, but the person who was smoking has ...
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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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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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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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~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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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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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 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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“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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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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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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'I hope this helps' vs. 'I hope this will help'

An English expert at the end of his answer to a question, which is published online, wrote I hope this helps. Would the meaning be (slightly) different if he had written "I hope this will help" ...
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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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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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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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Use of Tense -Situation :- a 35 yr old man explaining to his son how he is so good at football

I have played a lot of football in school. Or I played a lot of football in school. Situation :- a 35 yr old man explaining to his son how he is so good at football. Well, football that he ...
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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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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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Verb Tenses - Past vs. Present

I have to write a paper in present tense, but I have few words I do not know how to change from past tense to present. During the Holocaust Jews and other races faced torture and prosecution and ...
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If something is in a good working order, should I write 'it works' or 'it is working'?

Usually, I know when to use Present Simple or Present Continuous but here I have two examples which I'm not sure about. I want to sell a laptop and state in the description that it is in working ...
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Difference between general truth, fact and permanent situation in Present Simple

I've been confused recently between general truth, fact and permanent situation in present simple. I happen to mix things up when I'm asked to tell the function of using present simple in a sentence. ...
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When you shop online or when you are shopping online

I have written this sentence: When you shop online, it is a big chance you buy something that doesn’t fulfill your expectations. Is it good or should I use present continuous? I don't know why ...