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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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'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 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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“…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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Can the verb “start doing something” be used in the present continuous?

Is it correct to say: In this picture, she is starting taking pictures of her friends. to comment on a picture we are looking at and describing?
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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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If it was not for vs If it hadn't been for

1 If it was not for Vivian, the conference wouldn't be going ahead. 2 If it hadn't been for Dad, I wouldn't have gone to college. I know the second sentence indicates a time in the past ...
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Use of S and es

Finally, results of the proposed technique and existing technique are compared which show that our proposed technique acts significantly to achieve better results in terms of cost, wait, and ...
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present or future in that case

I will tell you when he comes and I don't know when he will come when he comes answers to the question I will tell you what? and when he will come answers to the same question I don't know what? ...
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verb tense in the right side of “so that”

I would like to link two sentences using so that. He is trying to improve his language skills. He doesn't want to have a problem in communicating with others at work in the future. What tense should ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Why does the answer key say “the world is changing” instead of “the world changes”?

The world (change). Nothing never stays the same. The key answer: the world (is changing). Why can't we say: the world changes? Isn't it a fact? I mean it should be in present simple (world changes)...
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Using a past tense “mingled” in present tense writing

The sentence is: "As I mingled with the crowd, I keep an eye out for my friend." Is that grammatically correct? I'm writing something in present tense instead of past tense for the first time, ...
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“I am loving you” vs “I love you”

In famous song Still loving you it is said, that "I am loving you". Is it expressed in present continuous tense or not? And if it is, then shouldn't it be in present simple?
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shall I put “will” in these two following sentences?

Shall I put "will" in these two following sentences? Students who (will) graduate tomorrow will work in the factory three years later. Police should make sure if there is(will be) terrorists ...
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Any addition which appeared or have appeared in recent times

Yavanika is one of the latest additions to good drama which appeared/have appeared in recent times. If I saywhich appeared in recent times, will that be considered wrong? As far as tense of the ...
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How should I understand this use of past and present tense in the same sentence?

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood You know it used to be mad love So take a look what you've done 'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood BY TAYLOR SWIFT