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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Which tense should be used?

I wonder which tense should be use in this case: a) When Columbus arrived in America he thought he is in India. b) When Columbus arrived in America he thought he was in India I guess both are fine, ...
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“is changed” vs “has changed”

In the following podcast at 1:57 the reporter appears to say: "How is your life changed in the last few years?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DFyqiS-ZCY#t=126 I'd like to understand why not "has ...
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Proper way of using past tense

which one is correct and why ? 1- I will help you once I understand how it works or 2- I will help you once I understood how it works
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Verb tense in relative clauses (“Will the last to leave turn off the lights”)

Will the person who is last to leave please turn off the lights? I don't get why we use "leave" here. According to my guide book, it is in the present tense in relative clauses.
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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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“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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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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Adverb “now” in the present simple and the continuous

On the use of present simple and continuous, the business textbook I have (Market Leader) says the time expression "now" is used in the present continuous, but in the exercise below where "now" is ...
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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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Understanding of Simple Present tense

Can you please let me know which sentence is correct? Supreme Court concerns on India sex ratio. Or Supreme Court concern on India sex ratio. As I have watched in news that they have not appended ...
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“A law decreased what schools had been permitted” vs. “are permitted”

Can you please tell me which of the following sentences is correct? A law passed in 2006 decreased the amount of chlorine that schools had been permitted to add to drinking water. A law passed ...
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Present simple for expressing the future

While it's perfectly clear to me that one can use the present tense to talk about scheduled and fixed events in the future: Our train leaves tomorrow at 9pm. and so on, I've seen and used this ...
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Present simple vs continuous

Okay, so it seems today's my day of banal questions. But, hey, everyone has one from time to time. My doubts occured when I wanted to translate a sentence to English. She's usually very talkative ...
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“I open the cage.” vs. “I am opening the cage.”

When there is no event sequence, the event present generally sounds inappropriately ‘stagey’ or theatrical. We can compare the following as two ways of describing the same action: I open the ...
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Difference between third-person forms of “go” [closed]

"goes" Third person singular present tense of go. "goes" Third-person singular simple present indicative form of go. What is the difference between these parts of speech? Could ...
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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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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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Meaning of the present tense in this context?

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; ...
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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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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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Is “I have got a pencil” appropriate here?

A teacher passed out pencils to all the students in the class and said, "Has everyone got a pencil?" The students answered, (a) I have a pencil. (b) I have got a pencil. (c) I have one ...
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Why is it acceptable to use the present tense when speaking about text?

When speaking of something included in text, what rules make it acceptable to say "it says", rather than "it said" regardless of conditions such as age of text, or the existence of subsequent ...
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Using 'present tense' after someone has died

One of the good actors in Bollywood, Sadashiv Amarapurkar died recently (RIP). I was reading the news and came across this paragraph on Times Of India Sadashiv Amrapurkar is married to his high ...
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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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Present Simple with “since”

I have to do this task, choose which sentences could be completed with an adverbial expression and which are ungrammatical when an adverbial expression is added. What do you think, is it possible to ...
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Why does Bane say “the fire rises”?

In the very beginning of the movie, (the airplane scene) when Bane is about to leave the plane with the nuclear scientist, the following dialogue takes place between Bane and one of his men: Bane: ...
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Past and Present Perfect confusion

I have a sentence She has drunk milk This sentence refer to Past Perfect but how its different from Present Perfect ? As both (past and present perfect tense) verb's present the past ? How can I ...
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“My wife and I have been living here since we have been married.” is the tense correct?

I want to make a sentence meaning that "we have been living here since the day of our marriage" but is the latter part of the sentence correct? "My wife and I have been living here since we have been ...
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the world where we live in now

I am writing a short article on the subject Today's World. I want to express the fact that – for example – there is the world of poor and the world of rich and successful and so on. I would like to ...
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Reason the present simple is used

Take a look at the fifth paragraph of this article, it says the following: To test the effect, physicists needed to compare two clocks - one that is stationary and one that moves. Why is it moves ...
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Should “Apple has launched two phones yesterday” be past tense or present tense?

When I was on italki, I saw this notebook entry: Have you guys heard about the newest apple's mobile? I just watched the advertisement and the phone is really cool. Even though the phone haven'...
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Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?

The title comes from the song Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey (YouYube). "Will you" == future, "I'm" == present. Is that sentence correct? It does sound a little weird to me, since in italian we ...
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A few questions on the purpose clause

1) Is it correct to use "should" in a sentence with the purpose clause in the Present. The matter is that I have been looking through some grammar material on the purpose clause and it drew my ...
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I have … I gave … time relationship?

I made this "trick" question and posted it on Facebook, and then I started questioning my use of "gave." I'm suposed to reveal that the correct answer is seven, because the second sentence describes ...
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Why is the present tense used here?

Bacon has warned us that selfishness should be checked, in the context of a prince-servant relationship. Of course he is dead but here "has" is used. Why? He warned us right? He warned us in the ...
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The balance is tilted / has been tilted / is tilting?

Given a picture like this: http://www.mediate.com/mpdimages/ACF3301.jpg what's the most appropriate expression to describe it? The balance is tilted. The balance tilts. The balance has been tilted. ...
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Why is it grammatically correct to use present tense in this sentence?

Sentence that needs to be corrected- "After discussing plans for seaside vacation, Victoria realized that she likes the ocean more than Doug did." Why does the sentence need the following ...
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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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Why is the past tense used here instead of the present?

Let me talk about this sentence. A girl is currently married to a cricketer of another country. When a reporter asked someone about her, he would have said that "she has married that country's ...
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Why not past tense?

In this transcript it tells a story: There's a story probably heard before: a brother and sister are abandoned in the woods by the parents. Soon they meet a witch, who locks the little boy in a ...
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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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Understanding present continuous

I'm trying to understand use-case of Present Continuous. I've read BBC Grammar Challenge. I don't understand using of the Present Continuous in the following case: When I'm speaking I often distort ...
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Why the present progressive tense is used in “you are coming from”

In a brand's advertising commentary, there is “You don’t have to say a word to let them know where you are coming from”. I am wondering why the present progressive tense is used in "you are coming ...
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passive - present perfect vs passive - simple present

Life is beginning to look up a bit- the heavy rain has stopped . The rain has stopped and people are walking away After the rain is stopped slowly His father leads him to the village The librarian ...
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Why should I use will not, instead of do not?

I just want to ask which one is correct. Re-ordered playlist contents do not display in the correct order. Re-ordered playlist contents will not display the correct order. I have a colleague who is ...
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“Is stolen” vs “was stolen”

Which one is a correct sentence to say about my card which has been stolen? i want to convey this to my father: "I think my card is stolen by my friend" or should I say, "I think my card was ...
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“glad to find you” or “glad to found you”

At the end of an email to a stranger: Glad to find you! or Glad to found you! Which one is grammatically correct? Find or found?
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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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'the use of' or 'use of'?

I have two questions. 1. Should I use article 'the' before 'use of'? 2. Is this sentence fragment grammatically correct? Project is aiming to present a method with use of [name] algorithm to ...