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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Usage of "will now" in Scientific writing?

My advisor and I are writing a research paper. I have a doubt in the following sentence that he wrote. We will now prove Theorem 1. proof follows... The words 'will' and 'now' are contradictory here....
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Why is the present continuous tense used instead of the present simple in the following context?

The situation is that I asked a question with a short film here. The respondents commented according to the film with the sentences as follows. 1."The speaker (in the film) may not use a flap /t/ ...
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Using simple past in the present tense

Could someone please explain why we can say: It is time the law reflected this ("dognapping" as a serious crime) in the sentencing of all offenders. is it the same as: It is time the law ...
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Is teaching or teaches, is working or works

Should I use "is teaching me" or "teaches me" in the first example and "isn't working" or "doesn't work" in the second example? Both actions are going around ...
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Shall I use continuous or simple in this example [closed]

I am waiting for a parcel because it has still not arrived. I mailed the seller and he wrote me that in fact he had written a wrong address .Now I am writing to him a new email asking "what do ...
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She has taught English for five years

Is the verb "teach" used like the verbs "live", "work" and "study" which can be used in both the present perfect and the progressive without any change of ...
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present continuous with from vs present perfect continuous with since

Is this the right sentence grammatically? People are still using this Gist from 2013. I think ‘People have been using this gist since 2013’ should be right. But I am not sure, Maybe the above one is ...
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I write poetry and {am trying/try} to write a book

When answering the question about what I like to do in my favourite weather which is the correct choice of tense the present simple or the progressive? I write poetry and try to write a book. If I ...
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Why did the author use present tense in the sentence?

The book, which is the source of this passage, was written in 2014. Why did the author use enters in the sentence? By the beginning of the 20th century psychology as science had barricaded itself ...
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"Where did you spring from?" vs "Where do you spring from?"

There's a phrasal verb "to spring from", one of the meanings of which is to appear suddenly and unexpectedly. Looking for the example sentences with it, I noticed that it's used in questions ...
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Present simple even if it is not a general statement

I came across this sentence: When I go home tonight, I lay down in my bed and turn on the TV and it makes me so glad. I think future shall be used (will or going to) for lay down, turn on and make....
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What are the differences between these sentences? (to do / to have done)

Do you feel any difference between these two in each pair? (1) (a) Maria was happy to have passed the exam. (b) Maria was happy to pass the exam. (2) (a) Maria is happy to have passed the exam. (b) ...
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Is it possible to use "for a few days" with present simple?

is it possible to use for a few days with present simple : I read in a movie with subtitles for a few days I miss the cat, should it be I've missed the cat for a few days if it is ongoing situation ...
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present simple usage

One of the purposes for using present simple is to speak about facts: E.g. "She lives in London" ... here I know 100% that she lives there, so I use present simple grammar and I add "s&...
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now I decide, now I decided, now I have decided

As I understand it, Past Simple (the second sentence) is possible here only as the simplest version of Present Perfect (the third sentence), isn't it? But why is Present Perfect more common here than ...
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have car vs have had car?

What is the difference between the following sentences? I have a car. I have had a car. I have a car from 2 January 2020. I have had a car since 2 January 2020. Is there any difference between the 3 ...
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correct verb form: listen to me talking or listen to me talk

(1) Nobody listened to me talking about UFOs. (2) Nobody listened to me talk about UFOs. Which verb form is correct?
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Is “healing faster than I thought I was going to” grammatically correct?

I told I friend that “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I was going to” in relation to a breakup. I’ve been thinking that I should’ve said “I’ve been healing faster than I thought I would.” ...
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"she" (always takes) or (has always taken) "good care of her finances"

the question is in "Common mistakes at CAE" (amazon) unit 1 the book says the answer is "she has always taken good care of her finances" but why can't I say "she always takes ...
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Shall I use Present simple for fixed timetables

I am 30 next month or I am going to be 30 next month I think you can use present as it is a fixed timetable Am I right?
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Is it okay to use simple past and simple present in the same sentence?

If I am trying to describe my experience today, which one of these is correct? Every time I thought I got it, every time I made it to the point where I was sure I understood it, the market proves me ...
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But once we begin Vs But once we began

But once we began to work hard, poverty would vanish. What happens if we use begin instead of begin and will instead of would, means like below: But once we begin to work hard, poverty will vanish. ...
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Questions related to tense

I am kind of confused.... Are the two sentences below the same? Let’s pretend that none of this had ever/never happened. Let’s pretend that none of this have ever/never happened. If it’s different, ...
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past or present tense?

I'm wondering whether the boldfaced forms in the follownig should have been changed into the past tense, e.g., "were," "could," and "was." M: How was your stay at the ...
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Today I have been meeting and today I have met

Is there any difference between "Today I have been meeting some of the people affected by the flood" and "Today I have met some of the people affected by the flood"? Does "...
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Differences between continuous and simple

I have been wondering if one could use the Present Progressive to express what is really going on when something happens. For example: "When you present something to the class, you are expressing ...
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Can we use present perfect in "She has packed my things when I was away"?

I was wondering if it is possible to write this She has packed my things when I was away I don't think so because "when I was away" refers to the past and "has packed" refers to ...
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Combine regular time spans with restricted time spans

I know that we use the present simple to talk about actions that happen regularly, and the present progressive to talk about actions that are happening as we speak. For example: I am going to school ...
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Difference between continuous and simple

If I ask someone "How do your parents punish you this year", am I asking him what his parents do when they catch him doing bad, but only this year? Whereas in "How are your parents ...
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"He was the first one to complete the challenge" "I forget his name"

I'm really confused about present and past tense usage, I'll provide some examples. He was the first one to complete the challenge Why not is? Because right now, he's still in fact the first man to ...
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It (is/has been) four years since our family has had a vacation

It is four years since our family has had a vacation. It has been four years since our family has had a vacation. What is the difference between these two sentences? And why is sentence 1 even ...
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"This is the tent I had when I was a little boy." VS "This is the tent I have had since I was a little boy."

Daddy Pig says:"This is the tent I had when I was a little boy." If he said :"This is the tent I have had since I was a little boy". Are there any subtle differences between the ...
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"Do you know" vs. "Did you know"

I know the difference in general, but it still confuses me when it comes to certain contexts, including the following: I love a girl and I'm wondering if she knows that I love her. I'm talking about ...
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I don't know who {had stolen/stole/has stolen} your book

I gave my students a test with the following task: I don't know who ___ your book. and 3 response options: a) had stolen b) stole c) has stolen The key states that c) is correct, but I have a ...
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already faced said reprisal and came back for more

It seems to me that "came back for more" refers to "already faced said reprisal and came back for more (reprisal)". But then the grammar is inconsistent: The present perfect (have ...
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Ambiguous use of present prefect and present tenses

I want to know whether which usage of present prefect and present tenses are used correctly between these two sentences shown below. Sentence one: He always passes all his exams even after he has ...
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Different tense in one sentence

I have been trying to use the 'past perfect' tense and other related grammars in my sentence. I want to make sure if the sentences below are grammatically correct. I would also like to know if these ...
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Can I freely combine the present perfect simple tense with the present perfect progressive tense within the same sentence or is it bad grammar?

Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina watch him. Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina are watching him. Jim is talking to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina ...
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what are the appropriate tense forms to be used in these sentences and why?

She promised me that she (to ring up) me as soon as she (to return) from London. She (to tell) me that the plane (to take off) at exactly 5 o'clock. I learned that she (to get) a parcel from her ...
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difference between present simple and future simple [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? The first one is in present simple tense and second one is in future simple tense but the difference in the meaning is not clear. We fly to ...
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Choosing between Present Continuous and Present Simple for an action taking place right now

Is there any rule in English regulating how I should choose between Present Continuous and Present Simple when I refer to the things happening at the moment? For example: (interrogation scene, a ...
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Present progressive for facts

I read on one of the forums that a native speaker may use both the present simple and the progressive interchangeably in a sentence like "I am living in Dublin" instead of "I live in ...
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Present simple and present progressive to describe current action, limited duration, temprary state

Are the simple present and the progressive interchangeable in the sentences below? For example, 1. "They live/are living in poverty" (a current state-is expressed by the progressive but with ...
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"I am living in Berlin" (it's been 30 years)

Would a native speaker say "I am living in Berlin" instead of "I live in Berlin" if it's not their hometown and they have been living there for 30 years and they are still living ...
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"How does he get on at school?" instead of "How is getting on at school"?

Is the sentence "How does he do at school?" and "How does he get on at school?" correct and can be used instead of "How is he doing and getting on at school?" if we are ...
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Limited duration, temporary action and current trend

What's the difference between a limited duration, a temporary action and the current trend? "She is learning English." (Limited and temporary) "She is working in a bank." (...
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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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