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Past tense in the main clause and present tense in the subordinate clause

If the verb in the main clause is in the past tense, the verb in the object subordinate clause should also be used in one of the past tenses. The examples below show how the sentences given above ...
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Non-usage of Sequence of tenses

He gave me his room number just in case I change my mind. Why doesn't the rule of sequence tenses use in this sentence? PS At the same time, why is it written as "room number" instead of "room's ...
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main clause predicate and participial phrase

Is the following sentence beginning with "Comparatively speaking" okay, in terms of the tense sequencing of the main-clause verb holds and the participial phrase? And what is the semantic relation ...
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Tense choice after 'so (that)'

I recommended that we all go together, so no one gets lost. Here we have 'recommended' which is in past simple and 'go' which, as far as I can understand, is present subjunctive, but 'gets' is in ...
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A question about tense agreement

Is the following sentence gramatically correct? I didn't understand what he wants to tell you. I think that it expresses that at some time in the past I didn't understand what he still ...
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Why do we match the tenses in the first example and not in the second one

Could you explain me why it is better to say I did not know you had a brother. even it is a present situation. Your brother is still alive. It is better to match the tenses and why can you use ...
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Why past perfect in this case as it is a single action? [duplicate]

I wanted to order something on the internet. I had asked for a new password when I realised that I had lost it. But I haven't yet received the new password. I really don't understand why past perfect ...
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Can I use “reach” with present

We have walked 1500 meters when we have reached the Eiffel tower Will it be possible to use reached (past simple) or reach (present) If I use past simple for reach it will be better to write: We ...
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Type 3 conditional vs mixed conditional

I have to comment on the following situation using an if clause (i.e. write a conditional sentence regarding the given situation) : They never agree to anything I suggest. That's how they lost ...
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You might or You might have?

I'd like to know whether the following sentences are properly connected as far as tenses are concerned. The first sentence describes past experience, but the second seems to refer to the present or ...
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sequence of tenses issue (called)

I am wondering Which one is correct "I had a traditional Filipino dish that is called tinolang manok." or "I had a traditional Filipino dish that was called tinolang manok." Are both sentences ...
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Question about using future in the past

Are both of these sentences correct? They hoped that he would finish his book by the end of the month. They hoped that he would have finished his book by the end of the month. I ...
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Differences between past simple + future simple /future in the past

Let's consider the following sentences : He didn't know that we will soon buy a new house. He didn't know that we would soon buy a new house. I believe that both of them are gramatically ...
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Sequence of tenses (He lived)

I met my father in August. He lived in a different prefecture, so it had been a while. I wrote this sentence but my English teacher said that I had to use “lives” instead of “lived”. I think “lived” ...
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Mixing of different tenses

Is it necessary that the tense of the entire sentence should be the same? In the following sentence I declined the invitation not because I did not want to go, but because I have no time. ...
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Past Perfect tense in “if clause” type 3

"If he had come here yesterday at 5 p.m., he might have seen his sister." What does this sentence mean and which situation do I imagine with this sentence? Do I imagine the situation that he came ...
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“Did you notice that he…” /past simple/ or /past perfect/

I see that some natives consider this sentence: "I noticed that he left." to mean that - at a certain point in the past I noticed that he had left before. Should this be: "I noticed that he ...
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Is would ok in for this sequence of tense

I had not seen that film when I was a kid, even if at that time it was very popular, I would see it later when I would be an adult Just would like to know if would is correct, I think so: when i ...
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“I didn't do it” vs “I haven't done it” - When do you use which?

When do I use the following variations: I didn't [verb in infinitive] I haven't [verb in past participle]. I know that it has to do if it is a specific time (I didn't do) and a non-specific ...
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Present Perfect, Past Simple and Past Perfect Continuous

We were late because we 1) had/have had some car problems. By the time we got to the train Susan 2) had been waiting/was waiting for us for more than two hours. 1) The correct answer is have had ...
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She told me that she HAS / HAD a gun [duplicate]

I edited this question, since the original (or current one, revised by ColleenV) post has this sentence. For instance, in “She told me that she has a gun”, I edited this sentence to For ...
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“Climbed and tried to” or “climbed and try to”

I climbed the ladder and try to grab the fruit. I climbed the ladder and tried to grab the fruit. I was taught that if the first verb is a past tense, the 2 verb that follows should be in ...
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As of now there were

In the following sentence As of now Aadhaar enrolment and updating were being carried out at 48 centres in select offices in the city. When the sentence is in the present tense as indicated by as ...
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Extend something to somebody

We usually say extend something to somebody but in the following sentence The law created a group called ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Class’ and included Marathas as the sole group under the ...
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Till used for a point of time

I think till is used to show a length of time and perfect tense shows a time period but the past indefinite a point of time, but in the following sentence He did not see her till a few days ago. The ...
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Difference between the following two sentences

What is the difference between the following two sentences? It seemed to me that she had never sung so well. It seemed to me that she never sung so well. is the second sentence ungrammatical?...
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Sequence of tenses: The only reason I found out about it [was/is] because

I recently found myself having to write this sentence: The only reason I found out about it [was/is] because... But I'm not sure whether I should use is or was in this sentence. I tried Googling ...
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Future in the past: was/were going to or would + infinitive

Use was going to, were going to or would + infinitive. He knew he _____ (be / late) for the meeting, but he didn't phone to tell the others. I am really confused and I don't know how to complete ...
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Always wanted + when + (past simple or present simple)

Watching a tv-series I saw this line : 1- "I always wanted to be there when they execute your sister" (Context: The owner of this line now believes the execution to be a small chance.) I ...
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Sequence of tenses- Rules

should I use "has done" or "did" in the following context? My question is about sequence of tenses. Do the tenses match? Liverpool have just beaten Chelsea 10-0, which is quite unbelievable. They ...
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'Have been able to do' vs 'did'

Should I use "have been able to do" or "did" in the following context? Do the rules of tenses match in the following context? Liverpool have just beaten Chelsea 10-0, which is quite unbelievable. ...
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Usage of “would” and “could” in If clause

I wonder, whether it is grammatically correct to say "it would be great if you could do this for me"? I'm aware of the second conditional's existence, though I don't want to imply the meaning "it is ...
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Is it not a strange past perfect here?

The rumor we heard at the time was that Chris D had a bunch of Upsetter overstock of this Tooth and Nail vinyl compilations and that he'd recently carried them down to Rhino for beer money. the first ...
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Having been charmed

Is the following sentence correct? Having been charmed with the silk, my sister bought ten yards. I think the sentence is correct, because there is a chronology of events. Am I right?
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The past perfect tense and simple past

We usually use when with reference to the simple past tense because it refers to a point of time rather than a period of time. When I reached the station, the train had left. But can I say When ...
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The tenses for itineraries

Here is an example about the present simple used for a series of planned actions in a Martinet's grammar book: We leave London at 10 next Tuesday and arrive Paris at 13. We spend two hours in Paris ...
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When I get home

When I get home, my dog sits at the gate waiting for me. I think the above sentence expresses a habitual action, but would it be more correct to say When I get home, my dog will be sitting at the ...
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Choosing the correct form of verb

I was doing an exercise and there was a sentence -- I ___________ Rahim at the zoo. And I had to choose the correct verb form. Options were saw , have seen, had seen I think all the three ...
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Simple past and past perfect used at the same time

It is usually a rule that if two actions happened in the past, it may be necessary to show which action happened earlier than the other. The simple past is used in one clause and the past perfect in ...
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A problem regarding tenses

A sentence is usually formed in one tense. But in the sentence below So far the United States, China and Russia were the only ones who’ve reported the ability to shoot down space objects from ...
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The baby cries this morning

The baby cries all morning. The baby has been crying all morning. I think both of these are grammatical but carry different meanings. The first one shows a general habit while the second one ...
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Which tense do I use when reporting an action that occurred yesterday?

Today I told my friend that yesterday I had read the book which my father had given me two weeks ago Today (when I told my friend) is 23rd March; I read the book on 22nd March, and my father gave it ...
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I have read and agree / agreed with the terms and conditions

Which of the following two verb-forms is/are grammatical? Both, I think. I have read and agree / agreed with the terms and conditions. The first verb agrees with the subject I; I have read and (...
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did I match correctly both tenses past simple and present perfect

Can't finalize my order because I have forgotten my password, so I tried to recover it but did not manage to will it be better to use forgot in that sentence even if at the time of writing I still ...
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“If + would” conditional in present perfect tense

Is it allowed to use the "if + would" conditional when speculating about a polite request that could have taken place in past? I know that the would structure can be used to make a polite request, but ...
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Past tenses in sequence: former and latter past events

I have a question about past tenses in sequence. I studied that while describing connected past events in sequence: event 1: former event is in past-perfect event 2: latter event is in past-tense ...
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I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened

I suppose that the sentence: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened. isn't correct - it must be: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this has happened. But what ...
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Are you completely sure anything you have done [is/has been] of your own free will?

Are you completely sure anything you have done is of your own free will? Are you completely sure anything you have done has been of your own free will? Might I trouble you to tell me whether ...
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The use of the verb “predict” in the simple present tense with a verb in the past simple tense

It is from this video. It is at the beginning. The Big Bang Theory predicts that all matter, time and space began in an incredibly tiny, compact state about 14 billion years ago. I am confused ...
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Sequence of tenses in two independent clauses?

I am sorry that I could not see you before leaving my old place, but I will soon visit the area to deal with the last few things there and I hope to see you then. My question is whether the above ...