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How many times you did something

I'd like to ask what you think about these sentences. 1 He is likely to be performing 4 times this afternoon 2 He could be performing 4 times this afternoon My teacher says that we don't use ...
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Present continuois repeatable things with when

1 When he drives I'm scared 2 When he is driving I'm scared Both versions are fine. 2 just uses present continuous even thought it's something repeatable not necessarily something happening at the ...
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Why is -ing added to the second verb in this sentence?

So I am playing the English version of a game called Baldur's Gate 3. The description of a spell is this: This spell allows spellcasters to fire an arrow of electricity that bursts on impact, dealing ...
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present perfect "have met you NOW" or simple past "met you NOW"

I have made up the sentences below. (1a) I have been unhappy for a long time. I have not talked to anyone until I have met you now. (1b) I have been unhappy for a long time. I have not talked to ...
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Following the present perfect (I've cooked) with the simple past (I didn't make)

John gets up later than his wife does because his work day starts later than his wife's. His wife always cooks him breakfast before leaving for work. This time she's cooked him some mashed potato and ...
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"He thought his sister was/had been playing with his toys when he wasn't there"

Which of (1) and (2) is (or are) “correct”, and when and why? Yesterday Rachel said that she was practicing dancing two days ago. Yesterday Rachel said that she had been practicing dancing two days ...
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Second conditional or past real conditional?

There is this quote from the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey that confuses me: If it wasn't for Edmond Halley, Newton's great book would've never been conceived, nor written, nor printed. Now I ...
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"Over the coming months, the giraffes range far and wide." - Why is the sentence not in a future tense, despite having "over the coming months"?

"Over the coming months, the giraffes range far and wide." BBC - Giraffes released into new home (see:3:18-3:23) As we know, "Over the coming months ...." clearly refers to future, ...
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I have worked in this job longer than I have/had ever worked in any other job

I think these are correct. 1 I have worked in this job longer than I have ever worked in any other job. 2 I have worked in this job longer than I had ever worked in any other job before. 3 I have ...
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Mixture of simple past and present in the same sentence

And it just recently awarded a million dollar contract that reeks of corruption. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? The word recently is used, which normally establishes a relation between ...
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Tense Changes In A Story

Why are there tense changes in the following story: It was recess - the best time of the day. Kids ran around the playground shouting and laughing, playing and jumping. That is, everyone except for ...
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Combining present with past

I am currently reading "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson and when describing a sequence of events, the writer constantly forms these sentences: First, he separated the bulbs [...]. Then he ...
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How to combine “She was/wasn’t at home” vs “She had/hadn’t been at home" with “when I called her”?

When I called her she wasn’t at home.She wasn’t at home when I called her. When I called her she had been at home.She had been at home when I called her. Does had been at home mean that she was at ...
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"Most people had come to accept that war <was> <would be> inevitable."

a sentence from extra examples of item #7 on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) Most people had come to accept that war was inevitable. Does Past Perfect mean "most people coming to accept" ...
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What Is the Scope of the Past Perfect?

(Post copied, with minor alterations, from English Language & Usage on suggestion from a user.) Recently, I’ve been editing a piece of writing written in first-person present tense. The narrator ...
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He could feel yesterday that his mother would/will bombard him with new information. - which one?

When the main verb is a modal verb such as "could" or "was able to", does the principle of "sequence of tense" still apply? Example 1 He could feel yesterday that his ...
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The day after/before - the choice of tenses

I've a question regarding the tense choice with the phrase "the day/night/minute... after/before + clause. As we all know, after some words only the Present Simple is possible. Some of such are ...
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Betty took two lumps, then saying, 'Well,Happy Birthday again'

Betty took two lumps, then saying, 'Well,Happy Birthday again' This is from the book Desperate Measures by Kitty Neale. I don't understand the usage of then saying. The first part is past tense and ...
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Sequence of tenses (the present perfect and the past simple

1 And now that a month has passed, she decided to write a review. 2 And now that a month has passed, she has decided to write a review. 3 And then that a month had passed, she decided to write a ...
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Is "I heard old war drums beat." from the Eric Bogle's song "Welcome Home" grammatical?

In the Eric Bogle's anti-war song "Welcome Home" (about the Vietnam War) there is a line "I heard old war drums beat.". Is it grammatical or is it licentia poetica? I think I ...
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sequence of tenses and will

I'd like to know if my understanding is correct. She said "I will leave for the U.S." This sentence can be rephrased in two ways, i.e. She said she would leave for the U.S. She said she ...
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The fact that she "would/will" come to see me on Friday bothered me. - "the fact that..." follows the rule of sequence of tense?

Assume the time of speaking is on Wednesday and the time of action of bothering happened way back, last week. Example 1 The fact that she would come to see me on Friday bothered me. Example 2 The ...
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Does "all morning" mean that the morning is over?

'I don't know. It _____ (4) (be) there all morning.' The man replied.'Well, we can't leave it there, it's too dangerous. He might have an accident. What should I do?' The cashier suggested, 'you ...
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What to use "Have or Did"

I am confused. Could anyone explain the difference between the two. If you want to find out whether or not your coworker has met the boss. Are you going to respond, "Have you met the boss?" ...
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Confused about tenses in conditionals

I've been told that the following examples of conditional sentences are wrong because the tenses don't match the structure of any of the four types: zero, first, second, or third. I'm very confused ...
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Which tense I do have to use if a main clause is in past simple tense and a subordinate clause is linked by the word before?

I have the following situation: at first, I wrote a comment; them Martin wrote a comment then, after some time, I've seen the Martin's comment. So would it be correct to describe this situation with ...
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Sequence of verbs: present perfect after past simple

For a while I have been using this table of sequences of verbs as a reference. Today I found this sentence, which doesn't correspond to either of the rules form the table: You didn't answer the ...
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Past perfect tense or passive

The Rescue Service said it WAS CALLED to support the coastguard to look for missing people. The Rescue Service said it HAD BEEN CALLED to support the coastguard to look for missing people. Which is ...
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What does "The collected statistical data have been analysed and interpreted thoroughly" mean?

Does this sentence mean that some data was collected (in the certain point in the past), then has been analysed and interpreted (in the period of the time in the past)? Should this sentence be written:...
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I thought he would have been [closed]

a. I thought he would have been sad before I entered the room and seeing me would make him happy. Actually, he was happy and seeing me made him sad. b. I thought he would have felt sad before I ...
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I realized half an hour ago that it ____ time to go to my home country [closed]

I realized half an hour ago that it was time to go to my home country. I realized half an hour ago that it is time to go to my home country. If I say that I will do this trip next month, I can't say &...
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Are the tenses of the verbs well chosen

I ve been watching this film for 30 minutes and I (have) already cried so I was happy when I received your message for my birthday. Do the tenses fit here? I think so
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The past perfect tense when using time clauses

I was taking a course about time clauses when I got confused about when I should use the Past perfect tense in the main clause. According to the lesson, we should use Past Participle in the main ...
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Should we check the 'tense agreement'? If so, what' the difference in the meaning?

When we rewrite the passive-reporting verbs from one structure to another, should we check the tense agreements? **'⇒'**are answers in text book, however, considering the tense agreement, '*' also ...
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The order of actions with WHEN CLAUSE

1 He said to me his name when I gave him the money. 1 I gave 2 he said That is clear. The next are not clear. 2 When I met him he knew the news. Does it mean that he learnt the news after I met him ...
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The sequence of tenses

Ali was enjoying his weekend at the sports center in Manama. He was playing in a local pool championship. Ali 1 had played/had been playing well for half an hour and 2 won/had won three of the first ...
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Sequence of tenses with while

Are the sentences grammatically correct? He hadn't been cleaning Suzi's room while she was ill. He wasn't cleaning Suzi's room while she was ill. PS: I think I should have added a request for ...
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I can't understand how this sentence is grammatically correct: "I miss my dad more than I will miss anything."

The following sentences are given as correct examples regarding Sequence of tense I miss my dad more than I missed anything. I miss my dad more than I will miss anything. I can't really understand the ...
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"I thought we could go to the lake this weekend." Is this sentence ok, if "going to the lake" did not take place?

As far as I know, the structure "I thought we could/would do....." can be used for 2 purposes: 1-When you found that something was unexpectedly different from what you thought it was. For ...
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Accordance of the tense of an independent clause with a relative clause

In the following example, the act of giving prize took place in the past. But the fact that the grade of some of students is A is not confined to the past and is still true at the present and also ...
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Do you use the past tense in a subordinate clause in past subjunctive?

I wish I had a robot which helps me do my homework. I wish I had a robot which helped me do my homework. Which sentence makes more sense? Does the tense in the subordinate clause need to agree with ...
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"I am looking for a good doctor before meeting you." Is this a correct sentence?

I am concerned about the sequence of two works. Can I use present continuous tense (am looking for) like this?
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"I usually go to school by bus but today I went on foot." "I usually go to school by bus but today I am going on foot." Which sentence is wrong?

"I usually go to school by bus but today I went on foot." "I usually go to school by bus but today I am going on foot." Which sentence is wrong? I think both of them are correct. ...
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I decided I've had enough vs I decided I'd had enough

Today I heard a native English speaker teacher use We decided we have had enough while telling a story. I am somewhat familiar with the notion of Sequence of tenses and thought the correct usage was ...
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What is the correct tense to follow "I've known"?

I'm unsure about what tense should be used in a clause that follows 'I've known'. I've seen it followed by the present perfect, the simple present, and the simple past. I don't know which of the ...
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"I've just finished packing your package and {ordered/ordering} a courier..." -- which is correct "ordered" or "ordering"?

I'm having a discussion with my partner about the use of correct wording in the sentence. As we are both foreigners and quite stubborn, we can not decide which version is more native and natural. I’...
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Has or Had in this example?

So today I had to write this sentence and it came to me with this little doubt: Fixed multiple bugs when a task has/had no date. I'm more convinced by had, I'm saying that the bugs occurred when the ...
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Is "candidates WERE neither able to build...nor SUBSTANTIATED it with facts" grammatical?

I am learning English as a second language. I was going through the feedbacks of examiners, who conduct/mark CSS exams (this is a competitive exam conducted to appoint Government officers in Pakistan),...
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Tense and meaning of, oh, also

I’m wondering about the progression of the tense and about how this shows time for the object moving in time. Oh, Also, I took all of the paper out of my office and put it in the middle room so that ...
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I told him and now he KNOWS or I told him and now he KNEW?

I told him and now he knows. or I told him and now he knew. If I have now in the sentence. Does it mean that the following verb needs to be in a present tense? Or it is not necessary?
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