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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“I have been sent” or “I am sent”?

I was asked to work with my friend's friend whom I don't know. As I enter his room, he asks me: Who is this? I reply: This is James. I have been/am sent here by Ory. Which one is appropriate, ...
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Simple Present versus Present Progressive

What is the correct form and why? Do you miss some item that is on the list? Are you missing some item that is on the list? The context in this particular example
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When to use “is” and when to use “was” in this sentence?

I don't know if it is legit to ask this. English is my second language and I always have this tenses questions on how to use present or past tense in the same sentence. All properties were sold on ...
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Can a present tense have the meaning of perfect tense?

"But this is important." "Something you have to say is more important than the Ministry of Magic, Potter?" "Look," said Harry, throwing caution to the winds, "Professor—it's about the ...
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“They have been exempted” vs. “they are exempted”

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? They have been exempted from paying tax. They are exempted from paying tax. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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When can the present tense be used to express “now”, neither before nor after?

Recently, questions have been asked questions about how, for instance, the past tense can be used to express a future event, or the simple present can be used to express a continuous action or, lastly,...
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Can I always use the present tense for something happening in the future?

In Italian, I could use the Simple Present for something happening in the future. For example, I could say l'anno prossimo parto per gli Stati Uniti ("the next year I leave for the USA".) This would ...
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Quiet or you die! Hold still or I'll kill you! - present vs. future tense?

What is the difference between the future and present tense in the following sentences? Which tense is more preferred? Quiet or you die! Quiet or you'll die! And Hold still or I kill you! Hold ...
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Remove the implication to the future from Present Simple

A friend says to me "I broke even in poker today." And I want to tell to him that for the time period since he started playing up to now he always breaks even. If I say "You always ...
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“We plan” versus “we are planning”

Is there a semantic difference between the following two sentences? In the future, we are planning to migrate our tool to the Z3 solver. In the future, we plan to migrate our tool to the Z3 ...
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“It has been a tough day” vs. “it is a tough day”

We have discussed Present Perfect versus Past Simple in "It has been on the news" vs. "it was on the news". Now I'm asking about Present Perfect versus Present Simple. I know ...
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The usage of the present simple for the future actions

I've got a bunch of examples dealing with the same issue. I have had some opinions on them but some of the opinions are controversial. So, I hope to get a better picture from you. The issue deals with ...
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Recent past which tense I should use?

You have been replaced by another person. You were replaced by another person. You are replaced by another person. If something happens in recent past, which tense should I use? What is ...
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They know vs They knew

They know that we can't break this, that's why they gave it to us. They Knew that we can't break this, that's why they gave it to us. Which one is correct? I know, knew is past tense of know but I'...
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Grammar about present tense in a conditional phrase

Which one is the correct one? If the worker [verb] something, the company will show something. If the worker [verb] something, the company shows something. The context is that I am writing ...
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“I try” versus “I am trying” when talking about an achievement

When talking of a task somebody is trying to achieve, is it better to use the present tense or the present progressive tense? Between the following sentences, I find the first more correct. I am ...
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What are “is” and “was” pointing to, or referring to in these sentences?

Frank is my best friend! Frank was my best friend! Here, is and was are pointing to the present time, and past time. Mom: Look, you dirty little grub! Child: Mum, it wasn't my fault. What is wasn't ...
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“it wasn't” vs “it isn't”

Mom: Meggie, I let you put on your best dress this morning on one condition, that you didn't get it dirty. And look at you! Meggie: Mum, it wasn't my fault. Should the last sentence be "Mum, it isn'...
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“got” vs. “have got”

Reg: What's that you have got Meggie? Reg: Show us. Meggie: No, she's mine! I got her for my birthday! Reg: We just want to have a look. Reg used the present perfect have got in the first sentence; ...
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How many was it or is it

And here comes another of my question from chat discussions :P We were discussing some tv series, and I recommended a particular series which ended with just two seasons in 2011. Now, his next ...
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How to express something that happens currently, but that might be fixed in the future?

I'm not sure if I wrote my sentence correctly: At the time the thesis is written, one current shortcoming of the proxy tables is that. I want to say, that currently, when I'm writing the thesis, ...

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