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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How can I use “Must” to express guessing?

I know how to make sentences in the past but I don't know how to make them in the present and future tenses. He looks happy, He must have heard a good news. I think the previous sentence is ...
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I can't get the right answer between live or living on a test

Living with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language. or Live with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language.
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Verb tense after someone died

Let's say I had a friend that died. When talking about him, should I now say: I am his friend or I was his friend What about marriage? Should the wife say: I am his wife or I was his ...
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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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Can you switch between past tense and historical present?

Both past tense and historical present are talking about things that happened in the past. Yet I've been told before it's incorrect to use them together. Is it incorrect to use them either in the ...
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Passive vs. Active voice in Present Simple

What would be the passive voice of the following sentence? She opens window frequently. Is this correct? Window is opened frequently.
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Present or Past tenses when talking about the previous studies [duplicate]

I am writing a research paper and found that some paper use present tense to describe the previous studies. For example, There are several surveys which summarize the existing opinion mining work ...
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What is the usage of present perfect in “The time has come”?

I know that the present perfect describes an action that happened before the present without referring to a specific point in past time. But I have a problem with understanding this sentence. The ...
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Present continuous tense and the population of the world (e.g.)

We say "The population of the world is increasing very fast". Can we say that using present simple tense? I'm confused with that, because the increase of human population is a thing that happens ...
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Types of tenses in the present and their meanings

These both are a present tense, but I'm wanting to know know what eactly they are called and what their difference in meaning are. These are the sentences at question: I am eating. I eat. I'm ...
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Problems with “It might have been better to…perfect vs present tense”

Which one of these sentences is correct? And if both are, is there a difference in meaning? It might have been better to use my sister's clothes. It might have been better to have used my ...
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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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Use past or present tense?

I was about to give my daughter a shower and I saw that she did not clean her toothbrush last time she used it so I said Please clean your toothbrush after you use it. I did not say the word "...
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No sooner in present

I know the meaning of "no sooner ", but I have found phrases constructions always in the past, for example: No sooner had the automated arm been raised than it went down and damaged the car. ...
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When she said that she loves or loved

Which one of these two sentences is correct? When she said that she loved me When she said that she loves me
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“The last book I've read is” vs past-simple

I've troubles understanding why the tenses for the following sentence should be in the past: The last book I have read is Animal Farm, and it's really good. I've been corrected (not from a native),...
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Difference between “Where did she go?” and “Where is she?" [closed]

Please, explain the difference of meaning between these questions. Where did she go? Where is she? How can I explain the difference between them to my student?
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Using literary present when there's a sequence of events

I heard that when describing a piece of literature in writing, we should always use the literary present tense. I am encountering a special situation, where an event takes place after a different ...
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Why using present perfect tense in “In the US, race has always mattered.”

When I read that sentence, I get a feeling that this sentence is incorrect and must be in present simple tense, because it points to a "habit" in the US. On the other hand, I thought a little about ...
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What tense is “My father is here.”?

My question is regarding the use of verb to be and tenses. Sentences like: The increasing occurrences of alien sightings are unproved. My father is here, now. They are nice people Are ...
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Talking about today's action

A: They are not going to school today. B: They don't go to school today. C: They haven't gone to school today. D: They didn't go to school today. Which one is correct if I want to use today
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Is this sentence correct? “how long has she learned Italian?”

It sounds grammatically correct to me as present prefect but i cannot find it being used much on google. why? Is it incorrect?
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using present tense for shot period events

The child goes to bed. He takes a chair. He wants to know your name. are these sentences are valid for present tense. can I use present simple for short period events.
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Regular and single action

I want to bring some tea can mean both "bring some tea once" and "bring some tea every day". Am I right? Or it means only "bring some tea once" and if I want to say about regularity I have to use ...
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The police arrested two people early this morning. Why simple past and not present perfect?

I've realized that I don't really use the present perfect and simple past correctly. My main problem is that when doing exercises I've found the explanations to be (sometimes) forced. Some of the ...
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Is correct tense used? [closed]

I have talked with Tom and I found this project very interesting. To add some context : I talked with Tom about one hour ago via phone and he told me about the project.
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Present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous

What's the difference between: [...] who have been dominating the sport for a couple of years. [...] who has been dominating the sport for a couple of years [...] who had been dominating the sport ...
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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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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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To appear at a place to do something

Is this sentence grammatically correct and fine to your ears? The company's general manager appears at the awards ceremony to receive recognition plaques.
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Population Is Counted At

I have a question about the past/present tense usage of the verb "count" here: The study is the first to pinpoint an end to the burgeoning population. The scientists estimate there is an 85 ...
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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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The simple present tense has been used with “since”

I love you since forever. In the sentence, the simple present tense has been used with "since". I'd like to know whether it is possible or not.
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Present Simple/Continuous

Can we use both present simple and continuous in this sentence? I've got a high temperature. I think i am coming/come down with a flu. Continuous - when we consider this to be as a process -> we ...
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He has been watching TV

1.He has been watching TV. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that the person started watching TV sometime before and still watching it or the person started watching TV sometime before and ...
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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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“What {is / was} your happiest moment in 2015?”

Is it correct to say What was your happiest moment in 2015? or What is your happiest moment in 2015?
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Guaranteed / Guarantee to love [duplicate]

When you promote a product or service that a user hasn't experienced yet, would you use 'Guarantee to love' or 'Guaranteed to love'?
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A suprising usage of the present simple tense: “Why do you ask?” vs. “Why are you asking?”

Here is an extract from a TV series: [P1] - Did your husband have a physical disability? [P2] - He had a bad knee.[...] Why do you ask? I was taught at school that when I'm talking about an ...
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She did not write the letter

She did not write the letter till now. If this sentence is to be corrected then i would replace did not write with has not written because of till now which suggests about the present. So, if I ...
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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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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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Verbs which do not admit of progressive action

she stands/ is standing in the shade of a tree. (is standing is correct.) The temple stands/ is standing in the heart of the city. (stands is correct). As per grammar rules there are some ...
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Do past/present simple + infinitive invoke subjunctive mood?

The construction past/present simple + infinitive is often used. Some examples are: — He wanted you to come with me. — I suggest you to do this. Questions: Do these constructions invoke the ...
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“Martin Schkreli has been arrested” — is the sentence present perfect?

I have been learning the 12 English tenses. The above sentence confused me. The sentence was a headline of a news website. It is kind of like present perfect but not. Present perfect is subject + has/...
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Why do we use the present perfect instead of the present simple in this sentence?

I will deal with the report as soon as I have got back from my holiday. There is "will" which means the action will be done in the future. Why do we use the present perfect in this phrase, "I have ...
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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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I haven't come. I didn't come

What's the difference between these two sentences, according to their meaning and structure: I haven't come. I didn't come. Do they have the same meaning?
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Felt + need/needed

I came across a sports article which reads, Twenty of the 22 players who played in the inaugural day-night Test felt the pink ball needs more refinement. Why is there 'need'? Shouldn't it be '...
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Mixture of past and present tense [duplicate]

Today I answered this question on ELU and included as my suggestion of the correct answer the following line (taken from the OP's own example): To his amusement, Jason realized that 'Madam Curie' ...