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 perfect and past simple in the same sentence

I have the sentence below from a dialogue between a doctor and a patient. The doctor speaks to the patient in order to reassure him: "You left the hospital yesterday and only two weeks have ...
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“Intends” or “Is intending”

In this sentence "He intends to take a sledgehammer to it" I used the progressive but according to my book it is the wrong choice. Sometimes both the simple present and the progressive are ...
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“I've kept on falling asleep”?

I would like to know the difference between the following sentences in meaning. I've kept on falling asleep during class. I keep on falling asleep during class. I've been falling asleep during ...
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present vs past tense

I told her to light the lamp when it gets dark. I told her to light the lamp when it got dark. Which sentence is correct? If both are correct then what is the difference in meaning between them and ...
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Time frame of these sentences

The tenses are divided into 12 main categories depending on their time frame i.e. Present, Past and Future. I want to know then under which time frame these sentences can be categorised. It could not ...
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Why does the following sentence use “have finished” even though the tense is present?

I have a very puzzling question about English grammar. I am thinking of taking a vacation when I have finished all the job. The tense of the sentence is as present. In addition, the author even ...
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Present Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Tense

1). Something has happened in the past twenty years that surely must transcend anything that has happened before. 2). Something has happened in the past twenty years that surely must transcend ...
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use the present tense in the sentence

I have to do an exercise where I must use the present tense to fill the gap in this sentence : Kim ----------- (never /be) abroad. She'd love to visit other countries. Is my answer correct if I say &...
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Is it correct to say to your child “you go to school tomorrow” when that event is a part of a school time-table?

We often use the simple present tense to talk about scheduled future event. For example, The train leaves at 6 AM tomorrow. Children go to school according to a fixed timetable that is set up by their ...
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“A cheat sheet {that shows|showing} the most used irregular verbs”

A cheat sheet that shows the most used irregular verbs A cheat sheet showing most used irregular verbs The former sentence is in simple present, and the latter one is in continuous present. I know ...
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One day, my mother comes. Is it correct? past or present

Is this sentence correct? Suppose I am elected as the president of America now. One day, my mother comes and knocks my door and says "Hey! Our neighbor is here to see you and spend some time with ...
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I happen to have been or I happened to have been?

I happened to have been working for this company for 11 years. I happen to have been working for this company for 11 years. I think the second option is more logical as it's about the present, isn't ...
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Using I've Known With Past Year

Someone wished me a great year on my birthday, and I wanted to reply like that: Hope it'll be a great year like the past one where I've known such a beautiful inside-outside soul, thanks, dear. Is ...
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Why has Martin used a past tense for stating a fact?

A man could not always be where he belonged, though. (George RR Martin, Game of thrones, Eddard,p117) and this one (my suggestion): A man can not always be where he belongs, though. (appears more ...
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“xxx is foolish” and “xxx is being foolish”

Tom Brady is being foolish for practicing during the pandemic. In my understanding, the commentator implies, by using present continuous tense, that Tom Brady's foolishness is just temporary. If this ...
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Present simple vs. present continuous

Why is there present simple in the first sentence? Why is there no present continuous? I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair – it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine ...
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Why did the author use Present Continuous in the second part of “…pushed himself away, leaving the card on the table”

English is my second language. I've been reading a book for 2 days and I faced with a misunderstanding. The man in the wheelchair pushed himself away, leaving the card on the table. Here is a ...
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Use of “Would be” vs. “Is”

What is the difference between these two sentences: If you do this exercise badly, that would be a violation. Versus: If you do this exercise badly, it is a violation.
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Embarrassing or Embarrassed which is more suitable? is + verb (ing) or is + verb (ed)

This applies equally to the 14 year old who fails to attend school because a parent is terminally ill, the overweight 11 year old who fails to attend because he is ________ about changing for PE in ...
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Does it make sense to use the present for something that happened 10 years ago?

Does it make sense to use the present for something that happened 10 years ago? "Britain makes the most advanced airplane. (It was made 10 years ago)" In what situation would it make sense?...
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Present simple tense and present continuous tense usages

I'm learning these two tense but i got perplexed since they can both be using to express "something happen in the near future". I have some examples here. She is meeting some friends ...
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How long is it? Vs How long has it been?

1). How long is it since you were in London? 2). How long has it been since you were in London? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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I see you have finished vs I see you finished

My question may sound stupid because I know when we are using it but I don't know how to explain it by words. have finished means that something will end soon or later like when you have finished your ...
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the present tense referring to the future in subordinate clauses

"If she breaks that wall, she will have to pay." "Go to the first man that rings the bell." I know that the sentences above are correct in the present tense of the subordinate ...
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Is the tense for this sentence correct?

Brenda, as well as her brothers, watched/watches television until it is time for dinner. What is the correct answer?I’m confused.
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“I have not always been teaching to pupils from this age”

A teacher that has not yet retired but is going to soon says I have been teaching for 15 years now, this year my pupils are 12 years old but I have not always been teaching to pupils from this age ...
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Usage of simple present tense and present continuous tense in the same sentence

The bus was travelling much faster than usual when it went through the bridge. The bus travelled much faster than usual when it was going through the bridge. Are there any subtle differences between ...
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It is even possible, that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin

The following extract is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'd like to know why the present-tense verb "is" rather than the past-tense "was" is used: If, instead of this remark, ...
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Which one is correct? Is or Was?

Yesterday he told me he was gonna become a singer. Yesterday he told me he is gonna become a singer. Since what he told me is definitely going to happen in near future, then is it "is" or &...
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Confusion in tenses

Well, I was learning present perfect tenses today and I am confused between present perfect and present perfect continuous. I have grasped majority of the uses of these sentences but I am confused ...
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The difference between a point in the past and something that still continues

So I have 3 sentences: Why didn’t you send it to me yet? (And that means that they did not send package to me and can’t send it anymore because the deadline passed right?) Why haven’t you sent it ...
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Soon with Past Perfect

Can I use “soon” in the following manner? I had some garlic at lunch and smelled bad. But thankfully, the smell has soon worn off, and I smell fine now.
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I already know. vs I have already known

Could you explain the difference between below sentences, please? May be the first one is used when we talk about some common facts/knowledge, for example, "I already know a multiplication table."? ...
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Why is the past tense used in a clause related to the present [duplicate]

The background is that I was doing C1 tests and got wrong the following: It's time you ____ up your mind. As it seems right to me, I wrote "make". However, the answer shows "made" as the correct ...
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Why do native speakers use the present continuous tense when talking about people in a picture? Why not the past continuous tense?

This is some sentences in a flyer test. I took this photo by the lake last Saturday, Grandma. It looks lovely. Do you know any of these people? Yes, I do. The man who’s reading the newspaper ...
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Using Past and Present Tense in the Same Sentence

I have always struggled with past/present tense, especially when indicating something I found out that would still apply. Example 1: *This is what I found in the system. vs. This was what I found ...
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Please help me to finished my sentence: article usage and present tense [closed]

"The main reason for this is the traditional Chinese way of teaching English language tends to stress the importance of grammar and reading practice, but attention paid to speaking probably was even ...
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Can we use the past tense followed by present tense to describe videos or movies we've seen before?

For example:This video talks about the importance of giving affection to your pets, they were mentioning how you should make enough time for your pets to ensure their happiness in the long run, it was ...
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Can I use present tense for a routine/ trends in this kind of sentences

Is this a right way to speak for a routine things/trends Politicians are not helping them because these people are not present whenever they have elections in their state. They(people) are not their(...
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Why did the author use present tense in this sentence, when it seems like it should be past tense?

I am learning English through self-study, and nowadays I am trying to improve my English grammar. Sometimes I can't find out why the writers use specific tense instead the other. As you know, books ...
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Why can't I use Present Perfect Continuous or vice versa Present Perfect forms in these sentences?

He has traveled so much recently that we have not managed to see each other much and I have met someone else. (why not "has been traveling") I have been eating fish and fruit since I got here. (...
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Past + Present Sentence [duplicate]

Once I read a rule on the internet that if the second part of a sentence is a universal truth then don't change it to past. For example: My teacher told me that the sun rises from the east. But I'...
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Mixing past and present [duplicate]

Recently I came across a sentence: Last week,my friend asked me how I am and I said (...). To me this sounds completely wrong, as both happened in the past, I would expect it to be "how I was" ...
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When should we use “Did”

I mean we only use it as an auxiliar in questions or affirmative sentences? Could we use it with any verb in sentences? Example: I did jump yesterday -- I know this example is wrong but why we can'...
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“Did you ever go?” or “Have you ever been?”

Which answers would you pick as correct? Is it possible that both (Did you ever go/ Have you ever been?) are correct? A: France is the best country I've ever been. Did you ever go/ Have you ever been?...
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A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now you answer: “I didn't get it”, “I don't get it”, or “I haven't got it”?

A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now what would you answered: "I didn't get it", "I don't get it", or "I haven't got it"? I think "I haven't got it" is the ...
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Some doubts about the usage of Past Perfect in these context

I am encountering some problems filling these space in this exercises: A: Have you seen Matt recently? B: Matt? He’s in Canada. A: Really? How long has he been in Canada? B: About a year now. ...
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Gerunds or Present Participle

My dog's favorite pastime is sleeping. I have been told that the word sleeping in this instance, is a gerund, but I have also been told that any "ing" word that follows "to be", in this case "is", ...
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Meaning of “to stay in hospital” in a headline vs. “will remain hospitalized” in the lead [duplicate]

First, in the present and then in the future. Why? it's from a newspaper The title is in the present tense. I don't understand why: Taylor to stay in hospital The actress, Elizabeth Taylor, ...
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As If/As though - Which sentence should I use?

I comprehend As Though/if can take the present and past tense. The problem is that sometimes I don't know what are the nuances among those 3. For instance: He looks as if *he knows it" He ...

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