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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Tense difference ; subordinate clause "will" or "would"

I'm not a native speaker. So I'm confused with the tense as the following sentence. 1.I heard that they would hold a party. I heard that they will hold a party. The tense in main sentence is the ...
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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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could be with past, present and future

is it ok to use could be with past, present and future actions. the bridge could be removed yesterday but they decided to do it today. the bridge could be removed today . There are chances that the ...
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Past Simple, Past Perfect or Present Perfect before "which"

Which of the sentences is correct? I don’t know whether you read my previous messages, which I unsent not long ago, ... OR I don’t know whether you had read my previous messages, which I unsent not ...
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British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again." Is this not true for "used to do"?

British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again. And they put some sentences below: I was practising every day, three times a day. They were meeting ...
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We have talked/had talked/have been talking/had been talking

Woman 1: Ben has just moved in with me. Woman 2: Really? Woman 1: Yeah. Last week. We have talked/had talked/have been talking/had been talking about it for a while, so... Hi. I wrote this piece of ...
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Sentence Construction with put up

So yesterday I was driving my friend back to his home and he wasn't sure where we were. So I asked him "put up your address on Google maps" Now I am wondering if the sentence above is ...
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"You find anything?"

I've encountered variations of this phrase ("You find anything?") a few times in different places but mostly in USA series. Could you please tell me why this is grammatically correct? I ...
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difference between 'don't have' and 'aren't having'

This is an example in the Webster dictionary. You are more than welcome to stay for dinner, but we aren't having anything special. What's the difference between We don't have anything special and We ...
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had pp with that-clause : had expected that I would have got

I have english sentence writing problem The only reason I agreed to do that with you is because I had expected that I would have got some profit. I have confused about tenses of two parts : Since we ...
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Can I change the future tense into the past tense?

Can I change the future tense into the past tense when I change the direct speech into the indirect speech? “I will open the door” I said I would open the door. I said I opened the door. The door ...
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what is the type of this cluase?

what part of the sentence is embrace? She saw them embrace on the station platform. I expected it to be embracing.
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From what I understood vs understand

From what I understood, … From what I understand, … I always have trouble telling which one to use whenever asking a question, writing an email, etc. Are they interchangeable or are they used in ...
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Why is sometimes "he were" used (instead of "he was")? [duplicate]

In school we learned that the past tense of "to be" for "he" is "was". But now I stumbled upon the following phrase on the internet: He wishes he were born rich. Why is ...
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Why is present continuous used in this sentence?

I've just read this sentence in a medic book: "How do we know when someone is suffering from concussion?" Would it be incorrect if I used the Present Simple form? For example, "...when ...
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"Could you not" vs "could you not have"

I was driving in the right lane and another driver wanted to turn right (from the left lane) so he crashed into my car (no one was injured). The driver said “I didn’t see you” and I said “how could ...
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I'm too late to remind him

Suppose my brother's school is closed today (for some reason). I knew it and he did too. But he forgot it and left for school. After that I say this to our mother: I'm too late to remind him his ...
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the verb "have" in present perfect: How can I express repetition of having?

I learned that you "have" not momentary, so you can say "I have had my dog for five years" or etc. using "had" in a meaning of continuation. But I think in this case the ...
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What are you doing in your free time? or What do you do in your free time?

As I understand second variant should be correct, as question is not about current time. But when I tried to google the first phrase it appeared quite common as well. Why?
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Should it be "how about he take" or "how about he took" in the following?

This is in the past tense (third-person). Should I use took or take and why? There was someone outside the door. How about he took/take a peek through the peephole? Note: he here is the observer.
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simple present vs present continuous

Are both of these sentences true? If yes, are there any differences in their meaning? Jo says what she thinks without worrying about whether she might be ruffling anyone's feathers. Jo says what she ...
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Emphasizing a Sentence in Perfect Tense

If we want to emphasize the predicate of a simple tense sentence, we only need to add the auxiliary verb “do” (or “did”). Example: I came here. I did come here. (emphasized) However, what can we do ...
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a conjunction "when" and tense around it with "can"

How can I describe this situation?: Can I say the following sentence: I'm really glad when I can take a good picture. I have heard that "can" may have several meanings. The sentence I ...
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"Over 7 past days" and "in past 7 days" [duplicate]

I would like to ask about "over the last 7 days". Does it mean "in the past 7 days" or "more than 7 days"?
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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Was to do sth v. would do sth

This discovery was to have a major effect on the treatment of heart disease. This sentence is from the Longman dictionary. While I understand how it differs from "the discovery had [...]" (...
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Can 'He will be late. It is certain.' be merged into 'He is certain to be late'?

I was asked in my exam to combine the sentences- He will be late. and It is certain. I merged them into- He is certain to be late. Was it correct?
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Is it okay to use present perfect in this sentence?

You've seen how it happened. So, you're the next that they will come for. Is it okay to use "have seen" in this sentence, or would past simple be more acceptable? I'm not sure which is ...
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I had got to eat burger

I know "I had had to eat burger" is the "past perfect tense" and "I had to eat burger" is "simple past tense" and we normally not use "got" in the ...
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Conditionals without 'if'

I can see lots of sentences like "You touch my bag again, I kill you." I guess this is also a conditional, even though I don't see any 'if' clauses. (Am I right?) In this case, can I say &...
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When to use -ed form of a word instead of -ing when both feel correct

I have a few examples illustrating my problem. There, the three figures rested became immobile, lied down on their stomach, deep in a secret game. VS There, the three figures rested became immobile,...
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Present Perfect Or Past Indefinite [duplicate]

Do they convey the same meaning, or is there a difference? I saw her today. I have seen her today.
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Is this correct? (past tense vs past perfect)

I thought you would have picked him up from school. I had thought you would have picked him from school. In the first case "thought" verb on the timeline comes after the "picking"...
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Does the present simple have future meaning in these sentences?

According to my grammar book (a student's version of CaGel) the present tense is used in English for future events that are planned/already known. Based on this, am I correct in assuming that the (a) ...
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What's the difference between "That picture is scary" and "That picture was scary"? [duplicate]

What's the difference between "That picture is scary" and "That picture was scary"? I don't know the difference in meaning
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was/is a great invention of

Which tense should be used in the following? If both are okay, what's the difference in their use? The light bulb was/is a great invention of Thomas Edison.
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" I got selected" =I am or I was selected (specially in british english)

"I got selected for a job today." Apart from "have been", could I replace "got" with "Was" or "Am"? "I was or I am selected"? I reckon if I ...
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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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Using participles to short long sentences

I am confused about using participles to shorten long sentences. There's a situation where I tried to study but after an hour I found myself getting nowhere as I didn't even read a single paragraph. ...
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If..., he would have thought you "worked" as a doctor - work or worked?

Question 1 If the action in a reported speech in a past unreal conditional sentence is unreal or fictional, is it written in simple past tense? Example 1 A and B are school students. They are talking ...
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Verb tense with "already"

Can you please check the answer of this question? A test for the disease …………… already, but the new one will be quicker and cheaper. a. exists b. has existed c. is existing d. has been existed I ...
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Which of this usage is correct 'have not been understood' or 'have not been understanding'? [duplicate]

They have not been understood the problem till now. They have not been understanding the problem till now. Which of this is correct? I think I can't use 'understanding' because 'to understand' can't ...
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My question is about the structure ''is + learn'' in the sentence [closed]

I saw the structure ''is + learn'' in a sentence in a book but I wonder whether it is correct. Please see the original sentence as: '' When something is inevitable, all you can do is learn to accept ...
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Usage of while and continuous: "Tom watches/is watching TV while he eats/is eating."

A) Tom watches TV while he eats. B) Tom watches TV while he is eating. C) Tom is watching TV while he eats. D) Tom is watching TV while he is eating. I was wondering which one is natural and which ...
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What are the tense and aspect of this sentence? [closed]

What is the tense of the verb in the sentence? He is beaten. And what is its aspect?
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why is "I have been to a place last year" not correct [duplicate]

The sentence is "I have been to a place last year". Why is this sentence not correct and how can I correct it.
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Academic writing Simple Past/Simple Present in passive form

As per online guides, actions or events completed are to be written in simple past in academic papers. In that case, specific calculations and observations are to be in the past tense as well. For ...
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I ___ there until I was 12

I saw the following tense question the other day: I _____ there until I was 12. Verb to be used was "live", and it was a negation. The student answered "wasn't living", it got ...
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Should I use "once I have" or "once I had" in this type of sentence?

I have a question here and I'm not sure which one to use since they both seem correct, the question goes like this. once I ... this novel, I'll give it to my old friend". In place of ellipsis (....
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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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