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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 ...
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Inside the homes of … is / was

I am wondering whether the tenses are not quite good in the following: Inside the homes of high-ranking chiefs is where house poles were found. As you can see, there are both present and past ...
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was forced vs had been forced

Going through customs to leave a country can sometimes be very frustrating. First she was asked why she was not rolling her carryon. The handle got stuck when she got off the car so she had been ...
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Proper use of tenses

When a sentence is formed in past tense every part of it must suggest the past. But here in the sentence " Perhaps what I wrote would never be published, for the years I would spend in prison were ...
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Difference between present and past simple after 'suggested that'

These are the sentences that I found in Cambridge grammar books: I suggested that she bought a car. I suggested that he gives up golf. Both of the sentences above start in the past simple but ...
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I went to a reunion for students who were educated (or had been educated?) in physics department during the 1980s

I thought that in this case past perfect must be used (because of the sequence of tenses), yet this sentence comes from a grammar textbook (published in 2005). What do I misunderstand about the ...
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Should I use the same tense throughout the sentence?

In my English exam, I have written the sentence: There were always some people who judge the others by their appearance. One of my friends said that I should use judged instead of judge since I am ...
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What is the difference between would + verb and had been + verb-ing?

What is the difference between these two sentences: 1. He would dance well when he was 10 years old. 2. He had been dancing well when he was 10 years old.
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Past perfect followed by past perfect always? [closed]

After Mustafa had returned from his voyage to Indonesia, he "had wished" or "wished" to visit a temple. Tell me the answer please.
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Sequence of Tenses problem

I understand when the sequence of tenses is used, but I'm confused with the next example: He added that they do not sell any data to third parties, but that instead they listen to advertisers and ...
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Sequence of Verb Tenses

I wonder are these both sentences correct? My home became empty since you walked away. My home has become empty since you walked away. Is the choice stylistic? Or I need to use only one of them and ...
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As [simple tense]..something [progressive tense] expressing things happening at the same time

I have this sentence: Then she realized that, as the water got colder and rougher, she was actually getting faster and warmer, and she was really enjoying it. I do not understand why there is no ...
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Suitable verb form in the past tense sentence

There's the next sentence: "I saw Mr Brown ..... the building at two o'clock." leave / to leave / having left Which option would be the most appropriate to put in and why ? I really want to put ...
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in case and the present perfect

I'd like to know whether the following sentence is okay in the present perfect: Some people buy lots of medical supplies in case an epidemic has broken out. There are sentences where "in case" ...