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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Enjoy or enjoying, come or are coming

The sentences are from "English Grammar Practice" by L.G. Alexaner. In this exercise according to the book's answer key only "are coming" and "are asking" are correct in #...
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Which tense should I use with so far in the following sentences?

How many ice creams did you eat/have you eaten in the morning so far?
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present or past tense when referring books [duplicate]

You should read the book and see what he means/meant by...... Question: Do we use present or past tense for a book? And does it matter if it's fictional books (Shakespeare) or fact (political/religion)...
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What tense is better to use

Please help me understand which tense it is better to use in the following situation: Alan meets Steve by chance. Steve doesn't recognise Alan, but Alan does recognise Steve. Alan is Steve's sister's ...
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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difference between present perfect continuous and simple with negative sentences

I have not met her very often lately I have not been meeting her very often lately. Is the only difference between these 2 sentences the continuity of the action the first means a recently finished ...
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“I have not been seeing her very often lately”

I have not met her very often lately (that means that I only have seen her once or twice) BUT if I have seen may be 5 or 6 times can I use I have not been seeing her very often lately
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“I did not complain and tell/told myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem.”

Which sentence is grammatically correct? I did not complain and tell myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem. Or: I did not complain and told myself to calm down and try to ...
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Present tense referring to general facts

You know the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and it's a general fact. Then, If I say just 'the sun rises' to describe the general fact, is it wrong? Must the verb modified because ...
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…and is/has gone a second later when

Jack is walking down the hallway when suddenly he hears footsteps just around the corner. He runs for the nearest door and is/has gone a second later when Pete and Toby come around the corner. (The ...
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İf + Present “Using” for future?

İ have a question. İf(when) his team is champion, he is happy.(he will (be) happy). > this can means for future? Tnx
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How do you form “did” sentences?

Which one of the following is correct? "How did you know what marks I got?" "How did you know what marks I get?" "How did you know what marks I have got?" "How did ...
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Which tense would be appropriate to mean that: “I've stopped doing an action that I used to do often.”?

I want to write a sentence which means that: I used to go to the gym often, but not anymore. The sentence that I wrote was this. "I recently go(went) to the gym often because I become interested ...
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Past simple and present simple

Should I say “I saw the kid. He is sleeping on the couch” or “I see the kid. He is sleeping on the couch”
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What's the verb form when use “I am” with “Who” restrictive clause?

In grammaly software, When I wrote "I am" with Restrictive clause "who" , for a simple present sentence, with verb in it's base form, it suggests to change the verb to ...
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Disambiguate (Did bring) and (have brought). Did you bring your passport? Have you brought your passport?

(1) I did bring it. (2) I have brought it. Are these both the present perfect simple? Could someone please tell me the difference between: Did you bring your passport? Have you brought your passport?
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Converting “My travel ban was lifted” to present tense

I'm a English learner, and I'm trying to convert the following sentence to present tense. My travel ban was lifted. When we convert this to present tense, is the following correct? My travel ban ...
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would have been/would be

I wish everyone was beautiful in this world. And nobody would have been ugly like me. I have a doubt concerning the second sentence. And nobody would be ugly like me. And nobody would have been ...
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Present Perfect questions?

If we have sentences like (he is a teacher) can we make it in present perfect to be (he been a teacher)? If the answer no why?
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When to use to-be verb and when to not using to-be verb?

I'm still learning Part of Speech and some tenses, but in the basic, I got confused. Like this, "I work" and "I am Work" Why is the one using "am" and the other one is ...
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“won't imagine ”vs “don't imagine”

You probably --------------------( not imagine) where I ----------------(write) you from answer don't imagine am writing I was just wondering if "won't imagine "can fit to because she can ...
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They used to think we are/were siblings?

I happened to see this sentence the other day: They used to think we are siblings. Is this correct usage? I have a feeling that it is wrong. But If it is correct, Is there a meaning difference if I ...
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the company has signed or the company signed?

Why is it "this year the company has signed contracts to equip two large factories" and not "this year the company signed contracts to equip large factories" So you say has signed ...
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Can we use came for feature

The other day, me and my friend argued about something we both not sure if it’s correct or not, he answered my phone call and spoke to my cousin, my cousin asked about me, “where is mouhanad”, my ...
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simple present or present perfect, which one to use and when?

So, to be more specific, I am confused between when to use the simple past tense and when to use the present perfect(has/have)? Based on the context, can anyone please tell me when to use them and how?...
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Is, “He is a bit deranged,” past tense or present tense?

I am writing an essay which must be in present tense. So is, "He is a bit deranged," past tense or present tense? If it is past tense, how do I write it in present tense? I would really ...
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Why present perfect and not simple past in this sentence?

Cold you please help me? I have tried to find an explanation, but I am stuck. I watched an interview yesterday. Both people were sitting in a garden and at a certain point the interviewee pointed at a ...
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Present perfect. Why this thing even exist?

Woman: You already did me. Man: That’s what she said. It has been taken from the TV show "The Office": https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/66c0aa66-00e0-4512-8845-52abaac9ffb0 Why she is using ...
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Can I use the present simple and not continuous to speak of a non professional singer (as it is not a her job)

I would like to know if I can use the present simple and not continuous to speak of a female singer who sings in a band, but as a hobby not as a professional, it is not her job. It is a typical way of ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “what are you studying” or “what do you study”?

Let's say I am having a conversation with an university student and want to ask about his or her major. In that scenario, which one should I use, "what are you studying" or "what do you ...
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“I have tested positive…” or “I have ‘been’ tested positive…”?

I have tested positive for the COVID-19. I have been tested positive for the COVID-19. Which one is correct here?
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Which is correct - have left or left?

Which of these sentences is right: The cops usually arrive 20 minutes after the robbers have left. OR The cops usually arrive 20 minutes after the robbers left. Which is correct, have left or left?...
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difference of “have been working” and “have worked” [duplicate]

I have a question. Yeah it is kinda easy but it made me a bit confused. My teacher said: "I've worked at there for 3 years." implies, I've worked 3 years and I still work at there. But as I ...
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Which one is grammatically correct? past/met or present/meet

I'd like to thank you for taking the time to meet me last day. or I'd like to thank you for taking the time to met me last day?
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Work/Be working

You don't deserve to work for this great company. I hope they fire you. You don't deserve to be working for this great company. I hope they fire you. Which of the above sentences is more natural?
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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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