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 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 ...
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Difference in sentence meaning between present continuous and simple present constructions

What is the difference between the following sentences? He is always shooting his mouth off about how good he is. (present continuous) He always shoots his mouth off about how good he is. (...
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Which one must I use “see/am seeing” and what is your reason?

Right now I am looking at the board. I see/am seeing some words on the board. Would you possibly readily or simply tell me which one? And why?
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How to use “never” with Present simple tense

I learned that we could use "never" with present perfect tense about experiences in someone’s life. However, I don’t understand when we use never with other tenses like present simple tense. I never ...
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What do 'present things/places' take when they are described in past? Is/Was?

This actually happened with me. Yesterday, while going home, some strange person approached me and asked about the nearest cyber cafe (from that place, obviously!). Since I'm familiar with that place, ...
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What is correct form in particular context: Data has been OR is written

I write with some data in NFC Tag. After transmitting all the data the message to the user should be: Data has been written or Data is written ?
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Is this constuction common/usual? present perfect + until + present simple

I have not noticed this construct until now. All what I was taught in ELL books was related to the moment now but not as a verb in the simple present form. I understand that "until" seems to be used ...
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“The links are not working” vs. “the links don't work”

My manager at work has sent me two links for competitors in order to check their products. Unfortunately, these links are not working. I want to send a reply to my manager to inform her of this ...
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Use of present simple tense to refer to future events

I wonder if the last sentence is grammatically correct. Swan says "Present tenses are often used instead of will + infinitive to refer to the future in subordinate clauses" Practical English Usage, ...
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Which tense should we use in telling a story of any movie?

One of my friends good at English suggested that better storytelling of a movie be in conditional modal verb 'would' over present tense 'is'. Having said that... The hero would be a salesperson ...
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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 ...