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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 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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“has felt”/“has been feeling” - why is the first wrong here?

I know that both a) She has walked for two hours. and b) She has been walking for two hours. mean the same thing: that she started walking two hours back and is still walking. So according to the ...
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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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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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“As if we were are …” What does it mean? Present or Past?

I happened across this expression "as if we were are..." I would appreciate if someone simplifies the meaning & illustrates the tense? Here is the context: After just one phone call or e-mail ...
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How to say that something is always going to be done certain way using passive voice?

For instance if I want to say that I work after I get money, but I want to use "work" in passive voice (I think). Is "A work is done after I get money." correct? I mean I always do work this way, it's ...
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Is this grammar correct? I've been looking for similar sentences but couldn't find anything

My question is: It would be great if you buy us pizza. I said this to my friend when I was trying hard to convince him to buy us pizza. I am currently studying conditionals and found out that since I ...
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Help me, please, to choose between Perfect and Continuous

Here's the end of the text presented in a question I posted previously. The coastal ice in parts of Canada and Alaska has become quite brittle. Ice easily breaks away in large pieces and melts in ...
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had predicted or predict?

Does the past perfect in the following passage have a past event as its anchor point? To be a good scientist, you have to be tolerant and patient when experiments or interpretations do not turn ...
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mixing simple present with present progressive

The children sit on the sofa, watching TV. Their mom watches too. Is it weird or normal to write "watches" in the example above when I have just used "watching"?
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“I am living in London” and “I have lived in London”

Tell me please the difference between using Present Perfect and Present Continuous in these sentences. I am living in London. I have lived in London. The idea is to tell that right now I live in ...
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Is it correct to use 'have had + verb (past participle)'?

A reward has been announced for the employees who have worked or have had worked hard. As far as I understand this is an example of present perfect tense. Here, have is an auxiliary verb and it will ...
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Why is the present simple used?

I don't understand why the present simple tense is used in this sentence. Could anyone explain it for me?
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present progressive with always that does not imply annoyance?

What is the difference between I am always coming back I always come back I know that always+present progressive can be used to show annoyance but in this example I don't think it is the case and ...
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Why is it supposed to be “couldn't get” instead of “couldn't got”?

Why is "Why couldn't she get tickets" correct instead of "Why couldn't she got tickets"? Why is it get in the present instead of got in the past tense?
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Present Simple and Present Continous

There are 2 examples. 1) I am visiting a psychologist. (but perhaps I am not visiting a psychologist at the time of speaking) 2) I visit a psychologist. What is the difference between these 2 ...
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How can I know when a present-tense verb has a future time implication not strictly a present time one?

When do I know that the present tense has a future implication not a present one? For instance: We are making some changes to the speech and we are losing the ‘ocean’ part. Does the verb losing here ...
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Tense of subordinate clause after “I confirmed that”

Which is best among the following sentences, and why? 1. I confirmed that now the page was updated. 2. I confirmed that now the page is updated. 3. I confirmed that now the page has been updated.
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Which should I use “I go swimming” or “I swim”?

When to use 'I go swimming' and 'I swim'? And,what are the differences between them? Are they suitable to use.
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...

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