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Why does Grammarly show "Faulty tense sequence"?

Thanks for this. I tried [help/editing-help] before posting this question, but it didn't render as a link. I thought that the "editing-help" page is in the "help" folder. I was so ...
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Has understood or had understood?

I'm doing some essays to prepare for the C1 writing test. I wrote this sentence: "after a student had understood a formula, it would be more efficient if he was able to apply it through ...
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Sequence of tenses with past perfect

if a first sentence is in the past perfect and a second is in the same time with a first should a first be in past perfect too or in past simple? E.g: Alex said he had been there when that happened or ...
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Why is "It is" incorrect in "It is because he was jealous..."?

It is because he was jealous that John lied about his sister's prize. I don't know why 'It is~' is wrong in the sentence. In a text book, they say the sentence is wrong. What is the difference ...
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Why does this grammar book say there is a tense problem in "No one...wishes that we had...homework each night"?

No one in my history class wishes that we had more homework each night. This is from a 4th grader's grammar book and says it doesn't have a proper verb tense. I don't get it. Can anybody help?
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You {did not move/have not moved} your car... there {would not/will not} have been... - which choice is correct?

I have these examples: Given you did not move your car away from my garage door by next weekend as you promised there wouldn't have been any change in your behaving. and Given you have not moved ...
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If clause in a conditional sentence: didn't have vs hadn't

I have a sentence in an exam that says: [1] I WOULD COME if I DIDN'T HAVE other plans. Is it right to say the sentence: [2] I would come if I HADN'T other plans. I am having trouble deciding.
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Is the change in the tense of "do" understood when "done" is omitted?

I've always wondered about this kind of sentence: You can't do (it); you have to wait for it to be (done). Is the "done" necessary? Without done, is it allowed so in any other type of ...
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Past perfect without Past tense

As a technology visionary, Elon Musk has created cars that have challenged the conventional automobile industry and rockets that have saved space transportation costs. Is this sentence correct? It ...
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Attributive clause and Sequence of tenses

There are three chronological actions: A friend gives me a book. I like it. I tell my friend: "I like it." I want to describe all three in one sentence with an attributive clause. Would it ...
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Progressive aspect with simple past

Is this sentence correct? She isn't feeling well so she had to take a day off. Or should it be wasn't?
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Why does the author write "listen" for a thing he is doing?

I'm sitting here with a warm nostalgic feeling as I listen to the final master recordings Peter has sent over Why is it not "am listening" is it because sit is already present continuous so ...
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Any contexts where "if I/you/she/.. would [do something]" would be correct except for future in the past?

I am wondering whether the following sentence is correct English or not: The librarian told him that he had a chance of catching several directors all at once, if he would go to the Barnstable Yacht ...
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XYZ has been attracting increasing attention vs attracting increased attention

I recently read two documents where I saw: XYZ has been attracting increasing attention. XYZ has been attracting increased attention. Are both correct? Is there a difference in meaning?
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what is this meaning of "could"?

A: Your French is horrible. B: Oh really? Then, seems like I've been deceiving myself into thinking that I could speak it when I actually couldn't. This "could" is the result of the ...
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Help with verb tense

Which of these sentenses is correct? If we stopped the project, they would pick up where we left off. If we stopped the project, they would pick up where we would have left off. If we stopped the ...
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Would have thought

I’m having a disagreement with a friend about the use of would have. She thinks that backshifting isn’t necessary, whereas I think it is. For example, “I would have thought he made exceptions in ...
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infinite tense or gerund in this case?

Should I use the infinite tense or the gerund in this case? It was so distressing seeing/to see Jack kill his neighbour. If both are correct, is there a difference in formality?
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Should I say, The president of the college, together with the deans, 'is' or 'are' planning a conference for the laying down a series of regulations

My question is what verb should I use in this sentence, The president of the college, together with the deans, (is)(are) planning a conference for the purpose of laying down a series of regulations. ...
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A question about verbs in time clauses

I'll have finished the letter by the time you come back. I'll have finished the letter by the time you have come back. Do these sentences mean the same? If so, why?
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Present Perfect and Past Simple in the same sentence

I wanted to check with you if I have translated the following correctly: "I moved to Italy 5 years ago and I have opened a restaurant there" From the text, I understand the subject still ...
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present perfect followed by present continuous

Is the following paragraph okay? Syria turned into a battlefield in 2011. Since then, many Syrian people have been driven out of their country. A great majority of them are flooding into Europe.
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Present perfect + past simple (sequence of tenses)

I came across these sentences: "I've found out that you lied. "I've discovered that she was untrue to me". It confuses me, because I thought, that according to the rule "...
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Prove that he didn’t/hadn’t

Let’s say someone interviewed someone else for a job, and the candidate thought about complaining about discrimination but eventually he didn’t. Now the interviewer and a third party are talking about ...
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Which past tense to use in the sentence? "I've just noticed that the new episode [came out / had come out]"

I've just noticed that the new episode [came out / had come out]. Are any of these variants grammatically correct? If so, which one, implying that the episode in question came out the same day?
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Why doesn't the sentence break the "sequence of tenses" rule?

In this video (you don't have to watch it but just in case) the teacher provided two sentences as an example of usage of "will": I asked the pirate where the treasure was but he wouldn't ...
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Is there anyone can help me to understand the sentense?

I think this sentence is a mixture of the second conditional and the third conditional: If it did, the rat would not have known it. But I have heard the line in The Big Bang Theory. How can I ...
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First , we met at a rehearsal in the city. Our team (had) needed a singer, and she (had) agreed to help. - Past Simple or Perfect [duplicate]

Do we need to use Past Simple or Past Perfect in this case if 'needing' and 'agreeing' happened first? First, we met at a rehearsal in the city. Our team (had) needed a singer, and she (had) agreed ...
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Why is it correct to say "We should go see a movie," but not "We should have gone see a movie"?

Two sentences: We should go see a movie. (1) *We should have gone see a movie. (2) The first is correct, the second is incorrect. Why can we omit the word 'to' in the first but not the second? A ...
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Had been - sequence of tenses

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I have also met outstanding educators who had been incredibly supportive to each other"
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sequence of tenses: if ..is.. , .. is

Why this sentence is legal (from a popular US university book): If the spring in Fig. 14.2 is an ideal one, the total overall range of the motion is 2A. (According to rules it should be: If the ...
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She reasoned that she must be/have been or had to be?

She reasoned that she (must be) (must have been) (had to be) a victim of sex discrimination. I think the first option is okay, but the tenses confuse me here: she reasoned in the past that she was a ...
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Shouldn’t “chose” be “choose” in “Is this the moment you chose to tell me this”?

I told a friend something. They said, "Is this the moment you chose to tell me this?" I opined that it should be, "Is this the moment you choose to tell me this?" Or maybe, "...
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Is it correct to use the present perfect after a second conditional?

Given the following scenario: I had some books; I read them all; I gave them away. Would it be correct to follow this up - in reference to the present - with the present perfect? ...but even if I ...
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Reporting past events

Could anybody pick the correct alternative to report this event in the present? BOSTON and LONDON, July 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchard Therapeutics today announced that the company has received ...
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Confusion regarding present and past perfect

Can you please tell which of the following two sentences are correct when the person has quit the job. How long have you worked at ABC company? How long had you worked at ABC company? Thank you in ...
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What does mean the sequence of time in this example

throughout the period the Sex pistols were active there had always been an intention to produce a film based around the band. It was always part of McLaren's master plan that the Pistols were more ...
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Why is the progressive form used in “since we weren't playing...”

Why did the author choose a continuous form? Kim would always encourage me to wear baseball hats when we played because she said it made me look a heavy metal drummer, and since we weren't playing ...
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Tenses for narrating past and future event

I'm confused with the choice of tenses when it comes to narrating past and future event. Do we still have access to the gym after the membership ends? The membership is ending but has not ended. ...
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How to use future perfect tense with present or future tense

I would like to ask the difference between the usage of future perfect tense with present tense and the future prefect tense with future tense. We will have eaten food when they come. We will have ...
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Which is ‘more correct’: "It has been a month since you graduated" or "It has been a month since you ʜᴀᴠᴇ graduated"?

I am unsure on whether to use or to omit the word have in a particular sentence: It has been a month since you graduated. It has been a month since you have graduated. I believe that it may be ok ...
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What tense should I use in this sentence?

During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they have learned in grade 2. or During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they learned in grade 2. For me it looks more ...
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I wish they thought about people who would/will live after them

It is clear what tense to use directly after I wish, but I haven't found a rule explaining what tenses to use in dependent clauses like in the example below: I wish they thought about people who ...
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Question about sequence of tenses: inside "until" clause [duplicate]

Mary says, " I'll wait until you make your decision." Which would John say? A) "She said she'd wait until I make my decision." B) "She said she'd wait until I made my ...
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Why was past perfect used here instead of past simple?

I came across these two sentences while reading F. Paul Wilson - Gateways: But what Jack really seemed to enjoy most was reading far-out fiction and watching old sci-fi and monster movies. His father ...
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price to be advised and quoted separately

price to be advised and quoted separately In the sentence above, is the word quoted a short form of to be quoted? Should it be price to be advised and quote separately? Edit to add more context: I ...
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might get arrested

a. In those days, if someone criticized the government, they might get arrested. b. In those days, if someone criticized the government, they might have gotten arrested. Are both grammatically ...
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I wish you had told me that you are/were my son. Which is the correct option? [closed]

I wish you had told me that you are/were my son. Here you are! I wish you had told me that you are/were here. I wish I had been told that she is/was/were my sister. Not sure about the sequence of ...
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Which tense is used after the verb hope?

Which sentence is correct? Is there any rule for using any particular tense after the verb "hope"? We use these sentences in writing letters to each other. I hope you will be hale and ...
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announced that . . . shed/has shed light

In the following sentence, should "shed" or "has shed" be used? Scientists announced on Wednesday that the drug shed/has shed new light on the treatment of amnesia.
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