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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"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 first sentence; ...
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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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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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"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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Is it possible to use the present simple tense after the conjunction 'while'?

I have come across the following pair of sentences on an iTool to the course book which prepares students for Cambridge Key English Test. There must be a mistake in the second pair of sentences ...
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"while they wait" - why not "while they are waiting"?

Here is a sentence that is on my textbook. Customers can now sit down comfortably while they 'wait' for their number to be called out. In my opinion, conjunction 'while' is compatible with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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"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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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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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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Using Past and Present Tense in the Same Sentence

I have always struggled with past/present tense, especially when indicating something I found out that would still apply. Example 1: *This is what I found in the system. vs. This was what I found ...
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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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"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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"It's done." or "It's been done."

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Present perfect + point of time = simple past

Grammatically, present perfect + point of time = simple past. She has returned two days ago. (omit "has" to make it correct.) Similarly: She has owned this parlour since 2002 (it is ...
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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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Hope + future tense (will) / Hope + present tense

I have been told that I can't say "I hope I get this job (for example)", instead of it I should say "I hope I will get this job". Here's my question: does it make difference (cuz I feel like it does);...
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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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Which tense should I use with "want"?

If I really want food right now, should I use the present continuous (I am wanting food) or the simple present (I want food)?
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*It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger has become the manager of Arsenal

It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger has become the manager of Arsenal. It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger became the manager of Arsenal. I am in doubts which sentence is correct. Given the ...
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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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It (is/has been) four years since our family has had a vacation

It is four years since our family has had a vacation. It has been four years since our family has had a vacation. What is the difference between these two sentences? And why is sentence 1 even ...
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Why is the present perfect simple used in this sentence (and not the present perfect continuous)

I'm looking for some advice on why this sentence (from a FCE book) is in the the present perfect simple: I have spent ages preparing for the party. This sentence requires the use of the present ...
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Will get married vs getting married

I am little bit confused about these sentences. Both are correct. We can use continuous tense for future meaning but one of my teachers said it sounds funny. Which one is correct and why with reason? ...
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Use of “Would be” vs. “Is”

What is the difference between these two sentences: If you do this exercise badly, that would be a violation. Versus: If you do this exercise badly, it is a violation.
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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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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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Present Simple vs Present Continuous in "It happens because ice ____ (FLOAT) into the Atlantic Ocean."

I've come across a grammar task for English Exam preparation. There goes a text: A survey by the Japan Agency for Science and Technology shows that Arctic ice is melting (Present Continuous is used ...
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Have I had known about the lack of security

Is it correct to say "have I had known"? Thank you all.
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"I work" vs "I am working" / "I live" vs "I am living"?

I just watched two IELTS speaking videos. The first one's result is 8.5-9.0 and the second one's result is 9.0. IELTS speaking Band Score 8.5-9.0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzzOowpCryw IELTS ...
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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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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 ...