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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She did not write the letter

She did not write the letter till now. If this sentence is to be corrected then i would replace did not write with has not written because of till now which suggests about the present. So, if I ...
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Since shows continuity and is it used only in perfect continuous tense?

1.Two hours have passed since he fell asleep. 2. He has eaten nothing since yesterday. Regarding the usage of since, as far as I know below are the only points: It shows the continuity of the ...
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Can I use realize with "just" in the present tense?

Example: I just realize why you hate me
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Use of *were* for routine action

Can we use simple present and past tense to tell routine everyday action? They are kept under surveillance. Meaning they are kept under surveillance by their parents every day; Or It means they ...
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Be not to vs do/does not

“Does she want to see Gatsby?” “She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just supposed to invite her to tea.” As far as I know, the usual way to build a negative ...
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Usage of the Present simple and the Future Progressive [duplicate]

Why we use the Present Simple in the sentence: The train leaves at half past six tomorrow morning. I think the future progressive also may use there. It is because future progressive can denote ...
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When can the present tense be used to express "now", neither before nor after?

Recently, questions have been asked questions about how, for instance, the past tense can be used to express a future event, or the simple present can be used to express a continuous action or, lastly,...
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Why does here use a present "find"?

Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive in Wisconsin "And I just shut myself totally down. I thought today was going to be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she’s found and ...
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On the difference bewteen present perfect simple and continuous

I've done a quiz here to check my understanding of the difference between the present perfect simple and continuous. I made two mistakes and I don't understand why I'm wrong. What I answered: Q5: ...
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Which materials make a good tire?

Please, is this poster title right? (the poster is about raw materials composing a tire) Which materials make a good tire? Or I should better write: Which materials are in a good tire? Or ...
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what sentence is the best?

Is it possible to write that I wish I could have seen you when you are playing with your band in Italy next week but it will not be possible.(think this one is not correct) could have seen refers to ...
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'Is' vs 'has been'

"It is/has been 40 years since I left college" Which one of 'is' and 'has been' should be preferred in above sentence and why?
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Would have vs had - Present Perfect Continuous vs Past simple

A reply from a plant specialist to someone on youtube: From your description I would have to guess that your plant was dying because you have been over watering, which is a common problem with ...
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Mixture of past and present tense [duplicate]

Today I answered this question on ELU and included as my suggestion of the correct answer the following line (taken from the OP's own example): To his amusement, Jason realized that 'Madam Curie' ...
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Difference between third-person forms of "go" [closed]

"goes" Third person singular present tense of go. "goes" Third-person singular simple present indicative form of go. What is the difference between these parts of speech? Could ...
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Indication of different times

I am very happy to have helped you. I'm very happy to be helped you. I'm very happy to help you. I was very happy to had helped you. By the first sentence, I wanted to mean that I've helped someone ...
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What does it actually mean by specified time?

My friend told me that I've visited America when I was a kid Was wrong because ...was a kid is a specified point in the past. He said I should use I visited America when I was a kid How ...
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confusion over which tense: Present Simple or?

A few weeks ago, I sent a message to a foreign friend when I heard a earthquake happened in her country. But the message didn't send successfully. Today she contacted me, I gave her a message like ...
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How can I use "Must" to express guessing?

I know how to make sentences in the past but I don't know how to make them in the present and future tenses. He looks happy, He must have heard a good news. I think the previous sentence is ...
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I can't get the right answer between live or living on a test

Living with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language. or Live with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language.
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Why using present perfect tense in "In the US, race has always mattered."

When I read that sentence, I get a feeling that this sentence is incorrect and must be in present simple tense, because it points to a "habit" in the US. On the other hand, I thought a little about ...
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How many years do you live there vs How many years are you living there

I have doubts about the correct construction of these sentences, and I would like to know which of them sounds most native. The context is: My friend told me that he is from Australia, and I know ...
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is + past participle vs is + to be +past participle

When I have to use is + past participle and is + to be +past participle. The water is poured. The water is to be poured. Please help to differentiate.
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What is the difference? "I wanted her to stop" vs "I wanted to stop her" [closed]

Are they identical or not? I wanted her to stop. I wanted to stop her.
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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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Tense use in the Rolling Stones song "As tears go by"

Is the use of the Present Simple grammatically accurate in these lyrics, or is it an example of so-called poetic license that allows for violating grammar rules for the sake of rhyme: It is the ...
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Is your English getting better? or Does your English get better? [closed]

In a book, there's a question: Is your English getting better? And not Does your English get better? And Where does you mum and dad live. Where do your mum and dad live. They both sound ...
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Use of present simple tense to refer to future events

I wonder if the last sentence is grammatically correct. Swan says "Present tenses are often used instead of will + infinitive to refer to the future in subordinate clauses" Practical English Usage, ...
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Simple Present versus Present Progressive

What is the correct form and why? Do you miss some item that is on the list? Are you missing some item that is on the list? The context in this particular example
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tense: "are" or "were"

Is the present tense "are" properly used in the following? Why wasn't "were" used instead? "And it makes sense, up to a point, to debate ending remedies for discrimination that are more appropriate ...
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What tense should be used at sentence «Currently I work as engineer, but I also look for work as manager»?

What tense should be used at this sentence? Now I use Present Simple, and at the one hand it seems to be right choice, because my work is not attached to a time, but at the other hand something this ...
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Is this "helped + make" combination a form of subjunctive?

I saw the following sentence on this page: https://www.inc.com/video/minda-zetlin/4-habits-that-helped-make-warren-buffett-a-billionaire.html 4 Habits That Helped Make Warren Buffett a Billionaire ...
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Usage of "do" in simple present

As stated above, when do I use "do" in sentences? Examples: You bring your laptop tomorrow. You do bring your laptop tomorrow. You walk for two hundred meters, then you turn left. You ...
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What should I say: 'I collect stamps' or 'I'm collecting stamps'?

Should I use the present simple tense or the present progressive tense to talk about my hobby? I collect stamps I am collecting stamps Why is one form preferred over the other? And does it depend ...
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Verbs which do not admit of progressive action

she stands/ is standing in the shade of a tree. (is standing is correct.) The temple stands/ is standing in the heart of the city. (stands is correct). As per grammar rules there are some ...
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Can a present tense have the meaning of perfect tense?

"But this is important." "Something you have to say is more important than the Ministry of Magic, Potter?" "Look," said Harry, throwing caution to the winds, "Professor—it's about 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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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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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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Elementary: Confusion with usage of plural form in present simple

Have been following a book, but I am getting confused. See the below 2 sentences: 1) In Britain the banks usually open at 9:30 in the morning. 2) The City Museum closes at 5 o'clock in the evening. ...
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Tom IS or IS BEING very naughty these days. How is correct?

Help me with this question and explanin please :) Tom IS or IS BEING very naughty these days. How is correct?
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Why two tenses are used in this situation?

Quote:- By the age of two or three, the infant has reached toddler stage. In terms of cognitive development, this means, he has learned to play make-believe games and uses his imagination more. ...
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tenses :: situations

Ole Thorstensen’s tales reveal the ruminative side of a physical and demanding line of work. The above sentence is from The Economist. It looks to be written in the present simple tense. Among the ...
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What tense to use when the sentence applies to both past and present?

Which sentence is correct? She didn't show up in the day before yesterday and today. She doesn't show up in the day before yesterday and today. What tense should be used in this case? If it's "...
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Use of Since with Present & Present Perfect Tense

I am confused about where we can use "since" with the present tense. Which of the following examples would be correct? We are involved with Telecom Industry since 2015 We have involved with Telecom ...
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Don't or didn't

My friend said to me, "I have a shop in this place." I replied, "I thought you don't have one in this place". Was I right? Or should I use didn't instead of don't?
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What is the usage of present perfect in "The time has come"?

I know that the present perfect describes an action that happened before the present without referring to a specific point in past time. But I have a problem with understanding this sentence. The ...
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Is this sentence correct? "how long has she learned Italian?"

It sounds grammatically correct to me as present prefect but i cannot find it being used much on google. why? Is it incorrect?
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The police arrested two people early this morning. Why simple past and not present perfect?

I've realized that I don't really use the present perfect and simple past correctly. My main problem is that when doing exercises I've found the explanations to be (sometimes) forced. Some of the ...
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Guaranteed / Guarantee to love [duplicate]

When you promote a product or service that a user hasn't experienced yet, would you use 'Guarantee to love' or 'Guaranteed to love'?

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