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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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Difficult in choosing and imagining tense

Imagine this scenerio: A teacher is teaching in the classroom. I'm drawing him on the paper as a gift for his birthday. Later, I give it to him, which tense should I use in order to talk about the ...
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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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tenses on both sides of "as"

Does the "as" in the following indicate two things happened at the same time? If so, is it natural for one tense to be present perfect and for the other to be simple past? A missing ...
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Is the sequence of tenses in this example correct?

In the following sentence: I didn't come back because I had thought you were dead. the verb Be in the second dependent clause is a simple past tense, even though (the intention is that) it refers to ...
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Verbs in time clauses and 'if' clauses

On this page, https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/verbs-in-time-clauses-and-if-clauses, there is a section called "Making hypotheses" It says: some conditional ...
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Sequence of tenses. Present Perfect + Present or Past Simple (not reported speech)

we have a question: Have you ever felt like you miss someone you don’t even know? and we have an answer, which seems a bit confusing to me I suppose, that I haven’t felt I miss someone who I don’t ...
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sequence of tenses in this sentence

1 My husband stayed in Paris and I have gone to New York. (Context: Helen is the wife who has gone to New York. She is talking on the phone to Judy and tells her where she and her husband are at the ...
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Can we use present continuous tense and simple past in a sentence?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I've been going to school offline as the classes started a week ago."
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combining tenses in "{Have/Did} you {see/seen} that I {have/had} sent you the report

I was told that most of them don't work. But I don't understand why. Have you seen that I have sent you the report? Did you see that I have sent you the report? Did you see that I sent you the report?...
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Have been eating something that was/is unhealthy

Should the following sentence use a present tense or past tense verb given the condition still exists? I have been eating something that was/is unhealthy. Since "have been" is a past ...
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Why with the "as..as" construction and the future tense in one part we use the present in the other?

I met such an offer: I'll get back to you as soon as I have the information you need. I wonder why/by what rule in part 2 of the sentence: "as I have the information you need" we don't use ...
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Should tense agree with reality first or preceding tense choice?

The title was a bit of a meta-question. I mostly just wanted to ask about the tense choice 'was(in bold in the following dialogue)' by Jake's Dad in a clip from Brooklyn 99 S07E10 6:12-6:20 Jake's ...
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How do I form a sentence that could imply that it's not known whether the condition with the if clause got fulfilled or not?

He might have reached home by now, if nobody had stopped him. From what I know I could say that this sentence pretty much implies that the person I am talking about didn't reach his destination (home)...
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Do you know what they mean/meant by this?

I'm trying to ask the other person to clarify what he just said as he asked me about the size of a material. His question:"What materials require the tools needed to move the 3 pallet sizes?"...

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