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Using Past and Present Tense in the Same Sentence

I have always struggled with past/present tense, especially when indicating something I found out that would still apply. Example 1: *This is what I found in the system. vs. This was what I found ...
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How to handle con­di­tional clauses where it’s un­known whether the pro­ta­sis’s con­di­tion ac­tu­ally got ful­filled or not?

I have a ques­tion re­gard­ing con­di­tional sen­tences, as far I know the “third con­di­tional” is used when we’re talk­ing about a con­di­tion from the past that never ac­tu­ally hap­pened af­ter ...
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Why is present simple used in conjunction with "while" instead of present continuous?

I was recently watching this Apple series called For All Mankind and came across the following sentence there: While we sit here, the Soviets are pushing ahead with their plans for a lunar ...
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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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Is the sentence 'Tom said he hadn't got any money' reported speech from 'Tom said, "I haven't got any money"'?

I came across this pair of sentences in 'Cambridge English Preliminary for Schools Trainer' by Sue Elliott and Liz Gallivan CUP 2012: Tom said he hadn't got any money. Tom said, 'I haven't got any ...
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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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Narrative present

Are there no rules to when you can and can not change tenses, using narrative present? Like, could I say one of these: I was on my way back home by bus. The guy who sat next to me looks at me ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use two past continuous tenses in a single sentence?

This question just suddenly somehow popped up in my mind. Usually what I encountered in a sentence is in the pattern "past tense + past continuous" E.g.: I was doing homework when my mum came ...
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Live vs Living usage in the given example

In Oxfordonlineenglish.com, I found a question in grammar test online as follows, ______ spent time abroad when I was a student, I found it easier to get used to ______ in another country. Options:...
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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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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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Which perfect tense to use in a defining clause with Simple Past?

When answering a question on here, I wrote a sentence similar to the following one: I left the place I've been at previously at 3AM. The intended meaning was that I have been at that place for a ...
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Using present tense when quoting from the past idea or utterance

I know that we use past tense when we want to mention an utterance or idea which was in someone's mind. For example: They thought it was rude to speak through the telephone. Since in my native ...
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