Questions tagged [tense]

This tag is for questions about tense, or location in time by grammatical forms and constructions rather than by semantics.

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When the enrollments were done?

For example, Staff members who enroll in courses related to business over the summer will have their tuition fees reimbursed in September. The current problem for me of the above sentence is totally ...
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i bought/ have bought is before

If someone suggested, ‘You try to buy this.’ Then I answered, ‘I have bought it before.’ or ‘ I bought it before.’ before use past tense or present perfect tense?
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I'm asking you to

This is crazy. So as your friend I'm asking you to stop. Hi. Could anyone please tell me if the present continuous ("I'm asking") is completely correct and natural here if it's the first ...
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"If I had known" structure

There's a video that the person says: If I'd known meeting you would have led me here...` My question is that the last part of the sentence seems wrong to me. Isn't it supposed to be If I'd known ...
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I'd just/I had just/I just expected

Woman: Haven't you heard? I got fired last month. Friend: What happened? Woman: I snapped at a customer. He tipped me two dollars, and I don't know why, but I'd just expected something more. So I ...
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"Ordered every time", "have ordered every time" or "order every time"

There is a restaurant where you always ordered Caesar salad before. But one day you decide to have something else. When the waitress asks you if you want Caesar salad again before you say anything, ...
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Mixed tense "In this case, it is killing my blood platelets, and they fell to a dangerously low level."

I have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, meaning that my immune system will act on its own and attack my own body. In this case, it is killing my blood platelets, and they fell to a ...
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Mxing Present and Past Tense to describe a location

Please check the below sentence where I want to talk about a conversation with my friend about a place or building, to a third person. Should I mix present and past tense in this case as Eiffel Tower ...
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Usage of past progressive "were being used" vs past perfect "had been used"?

In my English book, there's a text that talks about how rainforest plants being used as remedies. More specifically, it talks about how they become more and more common in modern medicine, while the ...
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Can you use "any" with other tenses?

I have looked through many websites and know that when "any" is used as a determiner, it can be used with countable or uncountable nouns. I also read in my textbook that when "any" ...
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Why does the following sentence uses present participle "teaching" instead of present tense "teach"?

Several months ago, a trade association invited me to be its keynote speaker on networking and teaching people to be better conversationalists. I have read the above sentence in a book. In my ...
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Once conjunction for future events in the past

Say I have a first-person past-tense narration of a character. This character is narrating a scene where they're about to eat candy and thus will need to brush their teeth, but this event is occurring ...
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present continuous for a short action is it possible in this case

After waking up today I received a phone call of a friend I had not seen or spoken for years . Can I say: "my day is starting very well" or "my day has started well" or "my ...
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Arrange it that someone + tense

What tense do you think would fit the following sentences? Jake has arranged it that his daughter will go on a trip next week. Jake has arranged it that his daughter is going on a trip next week. ...
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Why is this the simple past despite the previous sentence with past perfect tense?

The United States surpassed 700,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday, a milestone that few experts had anticipated months ago when vaccines became widely available to the American public.NY Times ...
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Why is it "I can make it come true" instead of "I can make it comes true"

Since "it" is singular, why is the correct form "I can make it come true" instead of "I can make it comes true"?
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Please kindly advise which tense should I use?

Please help me with the tenses here. She has been seeing a psychiartist since Jan 2020. (How would you say if she saw a psychiatrist regaulry in the past and she is continuely seeing him?). She had ...
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Use of The Invariant Be

Recently the habitual be has gained wider recognition* among many English speakers as in Max and them boys are drinking way too much. (Montgomery and Mishoe 1999). (*Edit: By ''recognition,'' I do not ...
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What tense is this sentence in from Selena Gomez's emotional monologue? [duplicate]

The music video for The Heart Wants What It Wants opens with Gomez's monologue: ''...But I didn't realize that feeling so confident and feeling so great about myself ...and then it just be completely ...
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Present perfect (has/has been) [duplicate]

Just when I think I have understood Perfect tenses, something comes up and I just can't get my head around it. In my book it says that: We can also use the present perfect for states. 1. The shop has ...
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Can I use present perfect tense here?

Suppose, I've been fasting for a few hours. Can I say "I have not eaten since breakfast"? Or should I say "I have not been eating since breakfast"? Which one is grammatically ...
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Past Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous? What is wrong with my logic?

My Exercise: Fill in the gaps by putting the verbs in the correct tenses Harry looked great. He ______ (wear) his new suit. Key: Past Continuous - was wearing My Question I think "Past ...
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Be staying or to stay what is the difference in meaning

I'm going to be staying. I 'm going to stay. Is there a difference in the meaning? May the first one indicate that it won't be for a long time?
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Is it right to say “This group has been created …?”

Which question is right? 1- This group (a WhatsApp group) was created to enable its members to buy and sell … . 2- This group has been created to enable its members to buy and sell … . Taking into ...
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'Can be' or 'could be'

I was talking to a friend about a family event I had attended the preceding night, and I wanted to say something to this effect: "I forgot just how much fun family gatherings could be if they ...
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is it possible that "any of the miners would survive" is used, instead of "any of the miners had survived"?

On October 13, 2010, thirty three Chilean miners who had been buried inside the San José mine for 69 days were finally rescued. It was a triumph of engineering and a victory of faith. The miners ...
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Verb tense when a time clause is inside an (implied) conditional clause

I've been re-studying some harder conditional sentences recently to be able to use all the different variants correctly. Yesterday I was watching a clip from a TV series (Star Trek), and the clip is ...
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When Talking about a specific time frame in the past, should have or had be used?

In the statements given below, since the activity is happening in the past, I thought past perfect tense would be used, but 'have/has' feels more natural to me. Please clarify the usage of has/have ...
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Does "I am renting a house" mean I am negotiating with the landlord or I has signed the contract and am living in the house now? [closed]

When we say "I am wearing a Tshirt" (might last a day), we mean "I have that Tshirt on my body" When we don't say "I am wearing a Tshirt" to mean "I am putting on a ...
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Difference between "feels" and "is feeling" in the following case

I'll ask her to phone you as soon as she feels better. I'll ask her to phone you as soon as she's feeling better. Personally the first one sounds better, but the second sentence is found in a grammar ...
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The usage of "recently" in the present tense

The word "recently" occurs mostly with verbs in the simple past tense or the present perfect construction. But I found the following example in Grammar for English Language Teachers. Is it ...
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'thought it was" or "thought it would"

I thought it was cheaper to send it airmail but in fact when the postman told me the price it was very expensive. I thought it would be cheaper to send it airmail but I was wrong it was very ...
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What tense should I use after "after" to describe something in the future if the sentence is past tense?

Is it correct to use either present tense and present perfect tense after after? Here's the sentence: I borrowed his laptop but promised him that I would give it back later after I finish typing my ...
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Is this statement grammatically correct? - Did you add another piece of code [closed]

I want to say that to someone that have they added a new piece of code in their existing code. So is the below code fine or it can be said differently. Did you add another piece of code. I am kind ...
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Why can’t we call a person who taught students a “previous teacher” in this situation?

I don’t know if it’s restricted to English. If someone won a Grammy Award, even if he doesn’t win a Grammy Award, we can describe him as “He is a (previous) Grammy winner.” But If someone taught ...
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Why is it "what they think" and "when they hear" instead of "what they thought" and "when they heard"?

Why are the two phrases "what they think" and "when they heard" not written in the past tense in the text below? I know that 'leaders' can still think in the same way in the ...
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"I ______ the bus home every day this month."

I got this MCQ in Fiverr English Test. I don't know whether option 1 or 3 is correct. I prefer 1, but I am not confident of my answer being correct. Hence, I have shared it with you so that I can be ...
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the reason why he chooses past tense

In a movie, there is an expression which I can understand. The situation is like following. There are two men(A and B) in the car calling to the other over a speaker-phone while driving. A: I don’t ...
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Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? [closed]

Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? Which one would be grammatically correct?
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Run vs Ran question

I know this has been asked. I understand that ran is past and run is perfect past tense. However, I am still somewhat confused on what is correct in this case: This report section contains data for ...
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Is it correct to say "She is not always washing hands before eating" to express a present annoying habit?

We often use the present continuous tense with "always" to express present annoying habits, "She is always losing her keys" (her present habit that annoys me) "She is always ...
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Is it correct to say " The teacher said that London is the capital of England "? [closed]

https://znanija.com/task/43770790 On the above address you can see that "The teacher said that London is the capital of England" is mentioned as a correct sentence. Is it grammatically true? ...
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Is it possible that the simple present tense and the past perfect tense are used in the same sentence?

Why does the author write the past perfect had discarded instead of the simple past discarded? Is it possible that the simple present tense and the past perfect tense are used in the same sentence? ...
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Do I use "I" and "I have" for skills I gained and still possess?

When discussing skills I gained from a past job but still possess, do I use "I" or "I have?" In my work as a Communication Specialist, I/I have developed communication and ...
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Question about subjunctives in formal text

I am in the process of writing my dissertation (in maths/physics), and for some reason constructions like these come naturally to me: We impose that the background be symmetric. We also require that ...
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Using the proper tense

He mentioned that he ........ problems at home, but he didn't explain. However, reading between the lines, I guess his relationship with his wife is not as nice as it used to be. a. has (while he ...
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"The book is still read after three hundred years." or "The book is still being read after three hundred years."

The book is still read after three hundred years. Or The book is still being read after three hundred years.
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Telic /atelic verb phrases

What is the best way to identify the verb phrase as telic/atelic apart from adding durational adverbials(such as in-adverbial and for-adverbial) and using such lexical verbs as stop/finish?
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Using imperative form as a Product Feature

I am preparing my RGB Keyboard Product's features. Is it okay to use imperative form? and Are the following sentences correct? Change the colors from the app on the phone by connecting via Bluetooth. ...
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Past tense VS Past Perfect tense(relate to If-clause)

While I read an article, I came across the following expression that I can't still understand. "If the wind picked up real bad to go in the bathroom and close the door, I had been so out of touch ...

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