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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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Using present simple when talking about a past event in spoken English

Philip:So, you're an exchange student. Where do you go to school? Alexandra:At the Bronx High School of Science. Philip:Oh, that's a very good school. What are your favorite subjects? ...
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What is the difference between “I still use” vs “I am still using” in this sentence?

What's the difference between : It's 2018 already and I still use an iPhone 5S. vs It's 2018 already and I am still using an iPhone 5S. Does the use of the word 'using' mean I am thinking of ...
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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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“My wife and I have been living here since we have been married.” is the tense correct?

I want to make a sentence meaning that "we have been living here since the day of our marriage" but is the latter part of the sentence correct? "My wife and I have been living here since we have been ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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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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I win or I won right after the end of a game

Two kids are playing a game. Right after the game is over one of them shouts happily: "I won! I won!" or should he better say "I win! I win!"
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Which tense should be used?

I wonder which tense should be use in this case: a) When Columbus arrived in America he thought he is in India. b) When Columbus arrived in America he thought he was in India I guess both are ...
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How to express something that happens currently, but that might be fixed in the future?

I'm not sure if I wrote my sentence correctly: At the time the thesis is written, one current shortcoming of the proxy tables is that. I want to say, that currently, when I'm writing the thesis, ...
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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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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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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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“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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Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?

The title comes from the song Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey (YouYube). "Will you" == future, "I'm" == present. Is that sentence correct? It does sound a little weird to me, since in italian we ...
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appropriate tense for “No matter how many times ~” sentence

I understand that the sentence "I never get tired of this movie no matter how many times I see it"(present tense) is perfectly acceptable. My question is whether or not I can use present perfect as ...
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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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“My computer isn't working” or “My computer doesn't work”

My friend is working as computer engineer, I phoned him and ask him the following: My computer isn't working, Could you repair it? My computer doesn't work, Could you repair it? Which one ...
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How many was it or is it

And here comes another of my question from chat discussions :P We were discussing some tv series, and I recommended a particular series which ended with just two seasons in 2011. Now, his next ...
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“I am wanting food”; Does it sound strange or not?

I am wanting food. OR I want food. If I really want food right now, should I use present continuous or present simple tense?
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What is the difference between ‘I'm never having a beard when I grew up’’ and 'I will never have a beard when I grew up'? Request

What is the difference between ‘I'm never having a beard when I grew up’’ and 'I will never have a beard when I grew up'? Are the two sentences the same in meaning or they are different?
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Shall I use simple present or present perfect tense for the sentence about my friend's upcoming birthday

I have bought some special present for my friend's birthday (29th June). Now I am writing some sentences about the moment when she sees my present (it has not happened yet, I am imagining). ...
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Why is it acceptable to use the present tense when speaking about text?

When speaking of something included in text, what rules make it acceptable to say "it says", rather than "it said" regardless of conditions such as age of text, or the existence of subsequent ...
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Compare “Whenever I see Graham, he's wearing/wears a tracksuit.” in meaning

Is there any difference between these sentences? Whenever I see Graham, he's wearing a tracksuit. Whenever I see Graham, he wears a tracksuit. Also somewhat similar: I like to listen to ...
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She said the train left at 8 pm

Can I say the sentence in the following context? Now it's 7 pm, my friend Jane said " The train leaves at 8 pm" Can I say Jane said that the train left at 8 pm.(becauses now it is just 7 pm)
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Reference to dead people in past or present tense?

If my brother named John passed away and I meet someone named John, would I say: Oh! my brother's name is John. Or: Oh! my brother's name was John.
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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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“it wasn't” vs “it isn't”

Mom: Meggie, I let you put on your best dress this morning on one condition, that you didn't get it dirty. And look at you! Meggie: Mum, it wasn't my fault. Should the last sentence be "Mum, it isn'...
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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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I am writing this letter or I write this letter

I am writing this letter to invite you to my town. I write this letter to invite you to my town. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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“I always knew” or “I've always known”?

I always knew through determination, everything is possible. I've always known through determination, everything is possible. Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Is the only difference ...
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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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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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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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Why “present continuous tense” instead of “present simple”

Could you please help me with this question? I ———— English at evening classes this year. (A) learn (B) am learning (C) have learning (D) was learnt Answer says B but I think answer should be ...
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“I have been sent” or “I am sent”?

I was asked to work with my friend's friend whom I don't know. As I enter his room, he asks me: Who is this? I reply: This is James. I have been/am sent here by Ory. Which one is appropriate, ...
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What are “is” and “was” pointing to, or referring to in these sentences?

Frank is my best friend! Frank was my best friend! Here, is and was are pointing to the present time, and past time. Mom: Look, you dirty little grub! Child: Mum, it wasn't my fault. What is ...
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“I wanted to wish her… before I left”

In Friends, S01, finale, Ross asks his sister Monica about her roommate Rachel. He won't be attending Rachel's birthday party because he's flying to China shortly. Ross: Is Rachel here? I wanted to ...
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“I'll go buy some tomatoes.” and “I go buy some tomatoes.” Which one makes more sense?

"I'll go buy some tomatoes." and "I go buy some tomatoes." Which one makes more sense? I think "I'll go buy some tomatoes." makes more sense since the simple future in this case shows a voluntary ...
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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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Which tense is more appropriate in the following context?

I was reading an English textbooks, in which there are examples of present continues tenses: I've lost my key again. I'm always losing things. You are always watching television. You should do ...
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Question about “would”: Present Simple or Past simple?

Recently I was doing some english quiz and was totally knocked out with the folowing phrase: "Would you like a glass of water?" In that quiz I had to determine the tense of this phrase. And was ...
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“They have been exempted” vs. “they are exempted”

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? They have been exempted from paying tax. They are exempted from paying tax. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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“He likes it tomorrow” / “We leave for Hawaii tomorrow” - Why is the first sentence bad?

The following sentences sound right to me: The package arrives tomorrow. (The package is going to arrive tomorrow) We leave for Hawaii tomorrow. (We are going to leave for Hawaii tomorrow) ...
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A few questions on the purpose clause

1) Is it correct to use "should" in a sentence with the purpose clause in the Present. The matter is that I have been looking through some grammar material on the purpose clause and it drew my ...
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A: “I saw a girl” / “I saw it”; B: “was she beautiful?” or “is she beautiful?” / “was it nice?” or “is it nice?”

See this conversation A: I saw a girl B: was she beautiful? (or is she beautiful?) A: My mom gave me a pen. B: was it nice? (or is it nice?) So, which responses are ok or idiomatic?
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“what do you say” vs. “what are you saying”

After the athlete finished the race, a reporter comes up and asks a question. Which one is better? What are you saying to your performance? What do you say to your performance?
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Is “I have got a pencil” appropriate here?

A teacher passed out pencils to all the students in the class and said, "Has everyone got a pencil?" The students answered, (a) I have a pencil. (b) I have got a pencil. (c) I have one ...