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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present simple expresses future [duplicate]

I know we can say: The plane takes off at 6:40 p.m.(expressing future) But can I say: The plane takes off at 6:40 p.m. when everything is ready. Or I should put "will" here The plane will take ...
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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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What is the difference? “Are you watching” vs “Have you been watching” [duplicate]

What is the difference between these sentences? Have you been watching TV for the last four hours? Turn it off and get some exercise? Are you watching TV for the last four hours? Turn it off ...
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What is the difference? “we live” vs “we are living” [closed]

What is the difference between these sentences? If this theory about parallel universes is correct, it means that we are living in more than one universe at the same time. If this theory ...
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What is the difference between “I am wondering ~” and “I wonder ~”?

Sometimes in English, distinguishing the differences between Present Tense and Present Progressive Tense is not easy for me who is not native English speaker. Especially the verb "wonder" confuses me....
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using present tenses to express future in relative clauses

The following three sentences, which forms are correct? The people who will arrive at the meeting want to get some free drinks.(I can't delete will right?) The people who arrive the meeting tomorrow ...
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I hope he (will) die

In this following sentence: Shall I say: I hope he dies Instead of saying :I hope she will die. Besides, shall I say: "I hope she is cooking at 8." Instead of "I hope she will be cooking at 8" ...
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What is the difference between 'remember' and 'remembered'?

In the following context: Holly begins by telling the narrator about a man named Sally Tomato who is a member of the Mafia. She remembered seeing this man at Joe Bell's bar as a regular before ...
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“have been” vs “am” vs “had been” vs “was”

What's the difference among those sentences? Since then, I have been on a quest for a better livelihood. I have been searching and searching for a good job- for something I love to do. Since ...
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Is it “were” or “are” in: “Where are/were you when I needed you?”

Where were you when I needed you? I used the phrase Where are you when I needed you? Is the grammar correct? I don't know if it 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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Is this sentence in present continuous or not?

I have noticed that some engineers put on their profiles the following: Working on "project-name" product. Is this sentence in present continuous or not? Shouldn't it be like this: Work on "...
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How to recognize tense in the sentence?

could you please explain in which tense is the sentence? I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to do the library research I need for the paper. Is it present perfect or not?
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Present perfect continuous tense vs simple past tense

I have some problems with the present perfect continuous tense, as presented in Cambridge English Grammar in USE By Raymond Murphy. It says: We use the present perfect continuous for an activity ...
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What tense should I use for case studies?

I am writing case studies and stuck with this: The client was from the IT field and ... The problem with this is should I use 'was' or 'is'. Now, the client's status as on today is also the same, ...
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is it correct to use the past tense in this context?

This is my sentence: Human used collaborative filtering since the beginning of the history. For example, while discovering fruits, if a man was hungry and he found a new fruit, he would check what ...
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Why is it all right to use the Present Simple tense in this case?

Here is a quote from Law & Order: SVU, season 13, episode 4, around 12 min 36 s: I work in the same company for 10 years. Why is it all right to use the Present Simple tense in this case? I ...
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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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Negative sentence with do

The positive sentence is: I do my homework at 6 pm. However, is this negative version correct? I don't do my homework at 6 pm. I'm confused about the double use of do.
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help to understand have/have been example [duplicate]

what is the difference between these examples and which one is correct. 1) I have this phone for years 2) I have been this phone for years
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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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The “To Come” Infinitive

I'm in discussion with a friend of mine and we can't seem to come to an agreement. We're specifically discussing a passage in the King James Bible in Revelation 1:4, John to the seven churches ...
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Leave or leaves in “you don't want to see your little bird leave the nest”

I was watching an episode of big bang theory and someone told his mother "you don't want to see your little bird leave the nest". Why he didn't say leaves?
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help to understand some present simple examples [duplicate]

These examples i am taking from a grammar book. I want to know why we use past particle from in this instead verb first foam and also mention which type of sentences is it. 1)the garden is filled ...
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help to understand some sentences

I want to know. what type of sentences these are and why do use past participle in these sentences instead verb first form please explain little bit deeply. and in 2nd example I want to know. Is it ...
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“would have had to pay” vs “have to pay”

If you are willing to start a business or move your existing business to Russia, you may be able to obtain Russian citizenship within three years by merely paying taxes you would have had to pay ...
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What is the meaning difference between these sentences?

Two days before the Eden Garden hosts the match, the celebrations are already on. Two days before the Eden Garden is hosting the match, the celebrations are already on.
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Is there something like “infinite perfect tense”?

Normally 'they' say "Make your tenses agree!" OK, but I read the following first-person description: “Alex had explained, and I am content because of it.” The “I am” should be “I was” by the above ...
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Difference in the meaning between present and perfect infinitive

What is the difference between the meaning of the following sentences: To get the job in the face of such a stiff competition was a great achievement. To have gotten the job in the face of ...
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Uses of Present Perfect

I have a book that says "we use present perfect for something that happened in the past without a specific time and still continue until now". Then what should I use if it happened in the past with a ...
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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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Difference between “Present Simple” and “Present Perfect”

I'm really upset. My dress is torn. I'm really upset. My dress has been torn. I think these sentences mean the same. But in the active voice, they don't. I'm really upset. I tear my dress. ...
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present simple or future in this case

I've just sent a book to someone. What should I say, when I write, to let him know the book has been sent? let me know when the book is with you or let me know when the book will be with you ...
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'Our calendar is based… or was based'? [duplicate]

Our calendar is based on Julius Caesar's calendar. Our calendar was based on Julius Caesar's calendar. Which is correct "is" or "was"?
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Present and present continues

Difference between the following: A) When does she go to office? B) At what time, she goes to office? C) When is she going to office?
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Don't or didn't

My friend said to me, "I have a shop in this place." I replied, "I thought you don't have one in this place". Was I right? Or should I use didn't instead of don't?
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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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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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