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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The present simple in "We leave London at 10.00 next Tuesday"

If someone says We leave London at 10.00 next Tuesday and arrive in Paris at 13.00. We spend two hours in Paris and leave again at 15.00.. What do here present tenses mean? Do they mean like: we ...
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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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"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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"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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"He likes it tomorrow" / "We leave for Hawaii tomorrow" - Why is the first sentence bad?

The following sentences sound right to me: The package arrives tomorrow. (The package is going to arrive tomorrow) We leave for Hawaii tomorrow. (We are going to leave for Hawaii tomorrow) ...
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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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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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A: "I saw a girl" / "I saw it"; B: "was she beautiful?" or "is she beautiful?" / "was it nice?" or "is it nice?"

See this conversation A: I saw a girl B: was she beautiful? (or is she beautiful?) A: My mom gave me a pen. B: was it nice? (or is it nice?) So, which responses are ok or idiomatic?
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"what do you say" vs. "what are you saying"

After the athlete finished the race, a reporter comes up and asks a question. Which one is better? What are you saying to your performance? What do you say to your performance?
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'We are having a party this evening' - Why do we use the present continuous?

I have a sentence: We are having a party this evening. I don't know why we use present continuous. In grammar, we don't use having for possess.
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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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Can Present Perfect Continuous and Present Continuous have the same meaning?

According to https://englishsentences.com/present-tense/ b. Present Continuous The present continuous tense describes actions and/or events that are currently happening or going on now; in ...
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"What {is / was} your happiest moment in 2015?"

Is it correct to say What was your happiest moment in 2015? or What is your happiest moment in 2015?
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Present perfect + point of time = simple past

Grammatically, present perfect + point of time = simple past. She has returned two days ago. (omit "has" to make it correct.) Similarly: She has owned this parlour since 2002 (it is ...
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"doesn't" or "didn't" in "What doesn't kill you…"

There is a famous sentence in my language (maybe it exists in other languages too), which is what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger I tried to translate exactly from my language, that is why i ...
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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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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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"have read" vs "read" - Is this simple present vs present perfect?

I have read an interesting book yesterday and underlined the new words which are simple but effective. Present perfect tense specifies an action that has recently finished. The above sentence is ...
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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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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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Did you have a moment to talk? vs Do you have a moment to talk?

When calling someone say as a customer service representative, which sentence is the correct one to choose? Did you have a moment to talk? vs. Do you have a moment to talk? I have heard ...
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Present Simple Tense with For

Is it grammatically correct or colloquial to use "for" with present simple tense as in the following examples : I do this business for ten years. I teach Math for five years. I run this ...
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Is it grammatical to use a present tense in an event that is not happening yet?

I am writing this sentence in my diary: We will visit Country A next month. It is always wonderful to be with Jan for a tour in Country A. Shall I use the future tense or is it still grammatical ...
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A suprising usage of the present simple tense: "Why do you ask?" vs. "Why are you asking?"

Here is an extract from a TV series: [P1] - Did your husband have a physical disability? [P2] - He had a bad knee.[...] Why do you ask? I was taught at school that when I'm talking about an ...
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"A law decreased what schools had been permitted" vs. "are permitted"

Can you please tell me which of the following sentences is correct? A law passed in 2006 decreased the amount of chlorine that schools had been permitted to add to drinking water. A law passed ...
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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 are "is" and "was" pointing to, or referring to in these sentences?

Frank is my best friend! Frank was my best friend! Here, is and was are pointing to the present time, and past time. Mom: Look, you dirty little grub! Child: Mum, it wasn't my fault. What is wasn't ...
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Using come or comes

There is a song written by the songwriter "Saint Mesa" called Fire that includes the line: I see fire / Come from below Full lyrics I am not a native english speaker and I can't understand ...
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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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"while they wait" - why not "while they are waiting"?

Here is a sentence that is on my textbook. Customers can now sit down comfortably while they 'wait' for their number to be called out. In my opinion, conjunction 'while' is compatible with ...
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The simple present for future? [duplicate]

I did search on the internet. but I couldn't still understand well how to use simple present for future. every grammar book says "simple present is used for events in the future which are 'timetabled, ...
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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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Got you or have got you? [closed]

Why do they always say "I got you" not "I've got you" and what is the difference between them?
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The simple present tense has been used with "since"

I love you since forever. In the sentence, the simple present tense has been used with "since". I'd like to know whether it is possible or not.
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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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Why do people use "did" instead of "do" when asking something? [duplicate]

When I go to shops to buy something, always workers ask me, "Did you need a bag?" or "Did you need a receipt?". I'm really wondering why they say "Did" than "Do" because I learned that when I talk ...
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"you have ordered" vs "you ordered"

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
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Present perfect and since

I learned that present perfect is used with “since” when we talk about duration, something began in the past and continues to the present, with non continuous verbs, like: I have known her since I ...
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Why is the present perfect simple used in this sentence (and not the present perfect continuous)

I'm looking for some advice on why this sentence (from a FCE book) is in the the present perfect simple: I have spent ages preparing for the party. This sentence requires the use of the present ...
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Present Perfect Participle - Why Present?

Consider this example Having switched off the lights, I went to bed. It implies that I went to bed after I had switched off the lights. The action of switching off the lights happened prior to going ...
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tense in answering a question about prose or poetry

Can anyone please tell me if I am asked questions in present tense from a prose and poem, should I give answers in present tense or in past tense? Here is the poem 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas from ...
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I don't care if she says no

When we want to say we don't care about something which may happen in the future. Should we use the simple present tense? Let's say I am going to ask a girl out for the first time (I never asked her ...
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What tense after "I've never met ... who"?

I have some troubles with tenses after "I've never met ...". Should it be in past or present? Or it doesn't really matter and I can go with whatever I feel like? Some examples from Google: I've ...
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How to use "Think" and "Mix up" when reporting news?

Several resources indicate that present perfect tense is preferred to give new information/hot news therefore that's why we see present perfect in the news and on the newspapers (such as "The prime ...
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*It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger has become the manager of Arsenal

It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger has become the manager of Arsenal. It is twenty years since Arsene Wenger became the manager of Arsenal. I am in doubts which sentence is correct. Given the ...
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Have I had known about the lack of security

Is it correct to say "have I had known"? Thank you all.
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Why "present continuous tense" instead of "present simple"

Could you please help me with this question? I ———— English at evening classes this year. (A) learn (B) am learning (C) have learning (D) was learnt Answer says B but I think answer should be ...
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"I don't see" vs "I am not seeing him"

Source I am doing grammar tests and came across the following: My brother (do) a degree at university so I (see) him very often, unfortunately. The aim of the test is to fill each gap with the ...
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Which tense is more appropriate in the following context?

I was reading an English textbooks, in which there are examples of present continues tenses: I've lost my key again. I'm always losing things. You are always watching television. You should do ...
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Why should we use 'Did you come?' instead of 'Did you came?'? [duplicate]

I know 'Did' is the past tense of 'Do' and if we want to ask question in present tense 'Do you come?' and in past tense it is 'Did you come?'. Why don't we use 'Did you came?' as came is the past ...

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