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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Stands or standing in the shade of a tree

1)She stands in the shade of a tree. 2)She is standing in the shade of a tree. One of the grammar books says that the first sentence is incorrect and second is correct. Suggestions please.
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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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Present perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous: “We (have lived) have been living in Canada for 5 years.” [duplicate]

I have heard sometimes people say: We have lived in Canada for 5 years. It tells me they are still living in Canada. We have been living in Canada for 5 years. But I have rarely heard people ...
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Can I use realize with “just” in the present tense?

Example: I just realize why you hate me
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present simple or present perfect in this case

Shall I say I have tried to send you the money but it has not worked. I have tried to send you the money but it does not work. I think first version is the best because all my essay did ...
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They have vs. had three children

How do we use "have" or "had" when referring to the number of offspring that a couple produced? The basic case is when a couple gave birth to, say, three children and everyone is still alive. "They ...
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How many years do you live there vs How many years are you living there

I have doubts about the correct construction of these sentences, and I would like to know which of them sounds most native. The context is: My friend told me that he is from Australia, and I know ...
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“what do you say” vs. “what are you saying”

After the athlete finished the race, a reporter comes up and asks a question. Which one is better? What are you saying to your performance? What do you say to your performance?
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How should I understand this use of past and present tense in the same sentence?

'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood You know it used to be mad love So take a look what you've done 'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood BY TAYLOR SWIFT
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Should you use present or past tense when telling people about your work experience? [duplicate]

Say, I worked for a Japanese bakery in 2010-2012. Now that I am going to tell the people in the new bakery shop about my experience. Shall I say: (1), "I have two years of experience in bakery", or (2)...
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Past and present in same sentence

It was not about me Now I have to rise above In this sentence structure, was and have are used together. Is this the correct form? If yes, can we join the part with past tense and the part with ...
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Describing a past event with present tense

I borrowed this fake example from the other question (in my revisions). I saw a girl dancing at a club. [At that moment] I thought she (is/was ?) so attractive that I (can't/couldn't ?) help but ...
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is this grammatically correct as it is using past as well as present tense in the same sentence [closed]

And when I fell hard you took a step back Without me, without me, without me And he's long gone when he's next to me And I realize the blame is on me ~Taylor Swift
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Tense of “I see a black bird.”

I see a black bird. Is it present indefinite tense or present continous tense?
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past and present

It's written in an advertisement of a mobile operator. The plan was specially made for you. The plan is specially made for you. Which one is proper to use in an advertisement? I felt a little ...
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past and present tense confusion

It's about an e-mail. Please be advise that if the port is the damage, we need to replace the MB. Please be advised that if the port is damaged, we need to replace the MB.
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Should I use present or present perfect in this case

Should I say If you haven't recovered the payment within 6 days, paypal will cancel it. or If you don't recover the payment within 6 days, paypal will cancel it. I think the first one is the ...
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Use of *were* for routine action

Can we use simple present and past tense to tell routine everyday action? They are kept under surveillance. Meaning they are kept under surveillance by their parents every day; Or It means they ...
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how to use “adverbs” and “tenses”

Although the importance of the bacteria in water sea has often never been realized/ was not realized, it has been found/ it is found that they are useful. I would like to use an adverb in the first ...
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is + past participle vs is + to be +past participle

When I have to use is + past participle and is + to be +past participle. The water is poured. The water is to be poured. Please help to differentiate.
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Difference between “have” and “have been”?

Tell me all you know. First of all I thought they both mean doing a continuous action until the very present, until I saw the other post on pretty much the same topic. I feel what that post provide ...
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Question about “would”: Present Simple or Past simple?

Recently I was doing some english quiz and was totally knocked out with the folowing phrase: "Would you like a glass of water?" In that quiz I had to determine the tense of this phrase. And was ...
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Present continuous verb with does

Is this sentence correct? He does blogging. If so, what would be the meaning?
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Present perfect progressive vs Present simple to express repeating action

I have usually been flying northern routes over the poles. I have been flying overseas trips every Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no other context, it's phrases from a tutorial. We can say: "I ...
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“How long is he working?” vs. “Since when is he working?”

Today I asked someone about a 3rd person "How long is he working ?" He said, this is wrong question, it was suppose to be "Since when is he working ?" Kindly tell me is it wrong that i asked ?
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Be not to vs do/does not

“Does she want to see Gatsby?” “She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just supposed to invite her to tea.” As far as I know, the usual way to build a negative ...
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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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I'm / I'll be eighteen soon

Is it correct to use simple present in this sentence? I 'm eighteen soon. Or is only simple future tense possible? I 'll be eighteen soon. Or maybe either? Is there any difference?
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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 your English getting better? or Does your English get better? [closed]

In a book, there's a question: Is your English getting better? And not Does your English get better? And Where does you mum and dad live. Where do your mum and dad live. They both sound ...
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Present Tense In News Titles [duplicate]

Why news titles use the Present Indefinite for the events that have already happened? Here is an example (sorry, it was the one that attracted my attention): Windsor-area mom dies of flesh-eating ...
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“Uses” vs “are using”

When do I use "Uses" and when "are using"? For example: Computers uses RAM which is faster than disk storage. Or Computers are using RAM which is faster than disk storage. The last one sounds ...
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How long have you known..?

I've just took an English exam and there was a question I must answer using "since". How long have you known her? My answer was "I have known her since February". But then I thought what if I wrote ...
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Present tense reported speech

Dabbling too deep into the theoretical grammar, I found myself in front of an unexpected obstacle. Logically speaking, if the present simple tense is mostly focused on habitual events, then when I'm ...
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“doesn't” or “didn't” in “What doesn't kill you…”

There is a famous sentence in my language (maybe it exists in other languages too), which is what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger I tried to translate exactly from my language, that is why i ...
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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 ...