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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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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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Confusion in tenses

Well, I was learning present perfect tenses today and I am confused between present perfect and present perfect continuous. I have grasped majority of the uses of these sentences but I am confused ...
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Why can't I use Present Perfect Continuous or vice versa Present Perfect forms in these sentences?

He has traveled so much recently that we have not managed to see each other much and I have met someone else. (why not "has been traveling") I have been eating fish and fruit since I got here. (...
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In the musical analysis and description of a song, do you use present simple or present continuous?

In a picture description, I would commonly use the present simple tense to describe things that are happening in the depicted situation, for instance: "In the right bottom corner of the picture, ...
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Is it 'everything seems okay' or 'everything seemed okay'?

It's in the past. What's the difference between everything seems and everything seemed?
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Can I use present tense instead of present continuous tense in the following sentence?

Q: I heard you started a new job. __________ (enjoy) it? The correct answer is are you enjoying it.(Page 3, intermediate grammar in use) I wonder if do you enjoy it is also a correct answer. It sounds ...
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İf + Present “Using” for future?

İ have a question. İf(when) his team is champion, he is happy.(he will (be) happy). > this can means for future? Tnx
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has been Ving since … vs. is Ving after

Are both the following sentences correct? If so, what's the difference? a. Mary has still been lingering in the park since she left the office. b. Mary is still lingering in the park after she left ...
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have car vs have had car?

What is the difference between the following sentences? I have a car. I have had a car. I have a car from 2 January 2020. I have had a car since 2 January 2020. Is there any difference between the 3 ...
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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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Verb Tense for a Condition in the Past

"The consensus was that this was that." or "The consensus was that this is that." This is that at that time.
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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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'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 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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have to or will have to?

Should "have" and "don't' be changed to "will have" and "won't" in the following? Josh, my coworkers and I will put on a play at 4 p.m. this weekend. Will you come?...
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Using simple past in the present tense

Could someone please explain why we can say: It is time the law reflected this ("dognapping" as a serious crime) in the sentencing of all offenders. is it the same as: It is time the law ...
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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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Usage of “will now” in Scientific writing?

My advisor and I are writing a research paper. I have a doubt in the following sentence that he wrote. We will now prove Theorem 1. proof follows... The words 'will' and 'now' are contradictory here....
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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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Why is the present continuous tense used instead of the present simple in the following context?

The situation is that I asked a question with a short film here. The respondents commented according to the film with the sentences as follows. 1."The speaker (in the film) may not use a flap /t/ ...
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What are the differences between these sentences? (to do / to have done)

Do you feel any difference between these two in each pair? (1) (a) Maria was happy to have passed the exam. (b) Maria was happy to pass the exam. (2) (a) Maria is happy to have passed the exam. (b) ...
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Is teaching or teaches, is working or works

Should I use "is teaching me" or "teaches me" in the first example and "isn't working" or "doesn't work" in the second example? Both actions are going around ...
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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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Present tense or present perfect in 'once we receive/have received this data, we will proceed to notify you?'

I want to inform someone that we cannot provide them with the data she requested right away since we still have not received it from a third-party. However, we are expecting it in the near future. My ...
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Melanie {starts/will start} school tomorrow

"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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Is it okay to use simple past and simple present in the same sentence?

If I am trying to describe my experience today, which one of these is correct? Every time I thought I got it, every time I made it to the point where I was sure I understood it, the market proves me ...
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“He was the first one to complete the challenge” “I forget his name”

I'm really confused about present and past tense usage, I'll provide some examples. He was the first one to complete the challenge Why not is? Because right now, he's still in fact the first man to ...
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Shall I use continuous or simple in this example [closed]

I am waiting for a parcel because it has still not arrived. I mailed the seller and he wrote me that in fact he had written a wrong address .Now I am writing to him a new email asking "what do ...
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She has taught English for five years

Is the verb "teach" used like the verbs "live", "work" and "study" which can be used in both the present perfect and the progressive without any change of ...
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present continuous with from vs present perfect continuous with since

Is this the right sentence grammatically? People are still using this Gist from 2013. I think ‘People have been using this gist since 2013’ should be right. But I am not sure, Maybe the above one is ...
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I write poetry and {am trying/try} to write a book

When answering the question about what I like to do in my favourite weather which is the correct choice of tense the present simple or the progressive? I write poetry and try to write a book. If I ...
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Differences between continuous and simple

I have been wondering if one could use the Present Progressive to express what is really going on when something happens. For example: "When you present something to the class, you are expressing ...
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past or present tense?

I'm wondering whether the boldfaced forms in the follownig should have been changed into the past tense, e.g., "were," "could," and "was." M: How was your stay at the ...
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present simple usage

One of the purposes for using present simple is to speak about facts: E.g. "She lives in London" ... here I know 100% that she lives there, so I use present simple grammar and I add "s&...
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“Where did you spring from?” vs “Where do you spring from?”

There's a phrasal verb "to spring from", one of the meanings of which is to appear suddenly and unexpectedly. Looking for the example sentences with it, I noticed that it's used in questions ...
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Why did the author use present tense in the sentence?

The book, which is the source of this passage, was written in 2014. Why did the author use enters in the sentence? By the beginning of the 20th century psychology as science had barricaded itself ...
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The present simple in “We leave London at 10.00 next Tuesday”

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: we ...
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Present simple even if it is not a general statement

I came across this sentence: When I go home tonight, I lay down in my bed and turn on the TV and it makes me so glad. I think future shall be used (will or going to) for lay down, turn on and make....
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“she” (always takes) or (has always taken) “good care of her finances”

the question is in "Common mistakes at CAE" (amazon) unit 1 the book says the answer is "she has always taken good care of her finances" but why can't I say "she always takes ...
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I see you have finished vs I see you finished

My question may sound stupid because I know when we are using it but I don't know how to explain it by words. have finished means that something will end soon or later like when you have finished your ...
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Did you forget your password?

When we type the password incorrectly to log into the website, the prompt is "Did you forget your password?". However, I think it's the current situation so it might be better to say "Do you forget ...
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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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Is it possible to use “for a few days” with present simple?

is it possible to use for a few days with present simple : I read in a movie with subtitles for a few days I miss the cat, should it be I've missed the cat for a few days if it is ongoing situation ...
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correct verb form: listen to me talking or listen to me talk

(1) Nobody listened to me talking about UFOs. (2) Nobody listened to me talk about UFOs. Which verb form is correct?
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now I decide, now I decided, now I have decided

As I understand it, Past Simple (the second sentence) is possible here only as the simplest version of Present Perfect (the third sentence), isn't it? But why is Present Perfect more common here than ...
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Is “healing faster than I thought I was going to” grammatically correct?

I told I friend that “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I was going to” in relation to a breakup. I’ve been thinking that I should’ve said “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I would.” ...
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Shall I use Present simple for fixed timetables

I am 30 next month or I am going to be 30 next month I think you can use present as it is a fixed timetable Am I right?
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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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Questions related to tense

I am kind of confused.... Are the two sentences below the same? Let’s pretend that none of this had ever/never happened. Let’s pretend that none of this have ever/never happened. If it’s different, ...
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But once we begin Vs But once we began

But once we began to work hard, poverty would vanish. What happens if we use begin instead of begin and will instead of would, means like below: But once we begin to work hard, poverty will vanish. ...

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