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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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' ...
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This was my first time/ This is my first time

Say I want to talk about myself cooking in my video, should I use "this is my first time cooking" or "this was my first time cooking"? I heard someone say something about using present tense when you ...
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present continuous = present perfect in many cases

I have read the book Advanced Grammar in Use by Martin Hewings. One of the uses of the present continuous is: To talk about particular actions or events that have begun but haven't ended at the time ...
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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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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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“the first {who / to} call” — Which is preferred?

Can I say Why should I be the first who call him? Or should I say Why should I be the first to call him? in present tense, referring to the future?
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Hurry up!The programme will start/is about to start

Hurry up!The programme will start/is about to start. My Approach: Here also I think both can be used in reference that the programme will start in future and they will miss Or The programme is ...
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>He has/is having a mill in this town

He …. a mill in this town. Options a) have b) has c) is having My approach: I am confused between "has" Vs "is having" I choose 'has' because because it denotes the action that he has a mill in ...
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She {looks/is looking/looking} worried about something?

She ____ worried about something? options: a) looks b) is looking c) looking My approach: "She looks worried about something?" because "is looking" will not be the answer ...
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Since shows continuity and is it used only in perfect continuous tense?

1.Two hours have passed since he fell asleep. 2. He has eaten nothing since yesterday. Regarding the usage of since, as far as I know below are the only points: It shows the continuity of the ...
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Tense in “I hoped to spend time with my father while I am on vacation”

I hoped to spend time with my father while I am on vacation. Since it should be in past tense, is it correct to use "am"?
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Use of the present tense

I'm a student wondering if my English teacher would accept a sentence as grammatically correct. I've read a lot of books, especially old classics, that give examples or instances in the present tense, ...
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Any addition which appeared or have appeared in recent times

Yavanika is one of the latest additions to good drama which appeared/have appeared in recent times. If I saywhich appeared in recent times, will that be considered wrong? As far as tense of the ...
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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 ...