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Tense is location in time by grammatical forms and constructions rather than by semantics.

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Tense of subordinate clause after “I confirmed that”

Which is best among the following sentences, and why? 1. I confirmed that now the page was updated. 2. I confirmed that now the page is updated. 3. I confirmed that now the page has been updated.
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“Akkadians are/were referenced in the Bible”

I was talking about the Sumerians, a Mesopotamian people who are not just extinct but were all but forgotten about for millennia - unlike the Akkadians, a later people, who are also extinct but were ...
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They do something for 20 years. Isn't the phrase grammatically wrong?

I heard Matt Damon say: Anyway, for 20 years now people ask, what happened to Loki at the end of Dogma? How do you explain the usage of Present Simple here with 20 years? Could you reference to ...
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“I wanted to say” is it because the lecturer made this video in the past and the audience necessarily watch the video later?

It sounds like that the lecturer is saying i wanted to say is it because the lecturer made this video in the past and the audience necessarily watch the video later?
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Is this sentence constructed correctly?

I am experienced in and also willing to conduct/conducting fieldwork. I want to express the meaning that I am experienced in conducting fieldwork (in the past), and I am also willing to conduct more ...
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Over the past two days + correct verb form

I have written down the two examples below. (1a) (Suppose that I am talking to my friend at night.) Over the last two days, when I woke up in the morning, I heard a very scary sound from the ...
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Which is correct? …the same as one will feel, would feel, or feels

Which is correct? If he pursues the breakthrough in technology for the sake of advancement in science and not for his own fame or desire, he will not feel the disappointment or despair as one who ...
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rains vs will rain in a condition

I've been wondering what is a more proper form to ask: 1) Will you go to the concert if it rains? 2) Will you go to the concert if it will rain? As in would you still be willing to the concert if ...
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“If There Are” versus “If There Be”

I have begun to understand the subjunctive mood, but I have one question whose answer eludes me notwithstanding the means of the Web: "why do people say 'if there is' and 'if there are' when the ...
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actions done sequentially in the past

I received your feedback form, and I completed the changes and sent it back for your review again. I received your feedback form, and I have completed the changes and sent it back for your ...
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Sequence of tenses for embedded clauses when the clauses are something unlikely to change

I think the tenses of embedded clauses complies with the tenses of the main verbs when they are objects. For example, "she asked me where I was going to go" and "she told me what I would need to do." ...
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Why use the“ have+p.p ”in this sentence?

Once you've obtained your precious ticket, you can relax in the cafe with a snack and an ice cold drink as huskies roam around on the hunt for some snacks. Why use you've obtained in the sentence, ...
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Meaning of different tenses for 3pm

Am I right that: I go there on 3pm denotes I go there regularly on 3pm I will go there on 3pm denotes I have a plan to go there on 3pm I will be going there on 3pm denotes that the action ...
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A tense problem about “Before”

Imagine we are at a beach watching a boat coming, and when it is still far away from the beach, it sinks into the water without reaching the land. I want to tell my friend about it. How can I describe ...
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I have eaten lunch at 1 pm

I have eaten lunch at 1 pm Is the sentence a correct statement to say in present perfect tense. Since I have learned the rules in present perfect tense that one should not use specific time ...
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“I was bornt with” and “like to have”

I feel that fun-loving nature is what I was bornt with. When I look back when I was a child, I like to have fun with other kids. Is it correct to say I was bornt with other possibilities could ...
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Which Tense should I put after “once/ as soon as” in these sentences?

I'd like to know which tense I should put after "once" (or as soon as) in these examples I will wash the dishes as soon as she is/ will have finished / has finished I would have washed the ...
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using will and will be in proper places

I have confusion in a sentence. If restaurants sell pizza, their sales will double. or, If restaurants sell pizza, their sales will be doubled. Will / will be which one is correct and why? their ...
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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Single or habitual obligation

I am to report this to the police. What is the correct explanation of this sentence? a) It is a single future obligation for me to report. (Like, I must report this to the police) b) It is my ...
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I (had / have had) no idea

Which is correct: I (had / have had) no idea you were such a good chess player. The book said that 'had' is correct, but why? Why the present perfect is not correct?
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“…tell he is coming” vs "…tell he was coming

Didn't Max tell he is coming to class today? or Didn't Max tell he was coming to class today? What's the correct way to ask this and what is the difference of these two?
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“Did he say goodbye before he left?” OR “Does he say goodbye before he left?”

Which one is correct in this case: Did he say goodbye before he left? OR Does he say goodbye before he left? I think "Did he say goodbye before he left?" is correct but I'm not sure.
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Have you explained why you did/have done/had done?

Let’s say I know my friend has broken up with his girlfriend. I don’t know when, but I know he has. I want to know whether or not he’s given her brother an explanation. What should I ask? Have you ...
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What tenses to use in writing meeting minutes?

I understand that you must use past tense when writing minutes. However, there are some instances when I am not sure if past tense should be used as it would either change the meaning of the sentence ...
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“having soiled” versus “soiling”

He took pictures of his children having soiled their pants. I am wondering if this is the best way to say it. Do we use "having soiled" or do we use "soiling", because soiling seems to imply he ...
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I don't think I did something or I don't think I do something or I think I didn't do something?

I want to say that I did something a few months ago and I don't remember whether I've done that. Which one should I say? I don't think I did something. I don't think I do something. I think I didn'...
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is it “I have traveled or I travel”

which is correct? This is the third time I have traveled to Italy this year. or This is the third time I travel to Italy this year.
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Confused about the sequence of tenses in these sentences

I came across these recently: She used to write this shopping list in squiggles, and then come back with only half the stuff that she'd gone for. She might have forgotten something and come to fetch ...
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“Medical reports indicate that the murder was committed with a sharp instruments.”

Medical reports indicate that the murder was committed with a sharp instruments. My question: Is it possible to say the verb indicated in the past instead of the verb indicate in the present? And ...
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What's the difference between Present Perfect and Simple Past?

I have a question about English grammar. At 1 minute 5 seconds of this video below, Batman says "This city just showed you". Is it okay to replace it with "This city has shown you", "This city has ...
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Present perfect vs past

I've wanted to tell someone that this was how I wanted to close the week since 2016 when I stopped sailing... But I didn't and I still don't know what was correct That's how I wanted to close ...
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Should I backshift with “If you ever wondered…”?

Do I use present or past tense after the phrase "If you ever wondered"? Examples: If you ever wondered what hell looks like, ... If you ever wondered what hell looked like, ...
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The difference between has and had

What's the difference between the two sentences? The singer has a nice voice. The singer had a nice voice.
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Using ALL tenses in this text

I wrote an imaginary text in which I used all tenses (12 tenses) to familiarize with them. The tenses are: PAST: Past simple, Past perfect simple, Past continuous, Past perfect continuous. ...
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“The day someone does something” or “the day someone will do something”?

Tell me please if I need to use the helping verb will when referring to the future in the following context. The day I (will) get my diploma, I will celebrate it with all my friends.
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Past perfect: “had heard”

I had heard they started training exercises outside of town a few days ago. Why (had heard) not heard ? Don't we use pp to talk about something that happened before another action in the same ...
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How can I distinguish when 'would' is modal verb or Future in the Past?

In some scientific article I saw this sentence. For example, using the vanilla Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance (defined as the minimum number of point changes required to transform a string into ...
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“everyone has read that book in high school” — “has read” vs. “read”

I feel like virtually everyone has read that book in high school. (The book in question is To Kill a Mockingbird.) Would it be correct to use the simple past here, provided that the speaker has ...
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In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form?

In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form when the speaker omits the subject? Or the phrase should be used in the corresponding tense. Example 1 A: ...
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Sequence of tences

Should you say me which is correct? Our teacher said the place where we were going to stay IS supposed to have beautiful paysages. Our teacher said the place where we were going to stay WAS ...
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Past Simple or Past Continuous - “make friends”

"While they were travelling abroad, they were making a lot of friends" or "while they were travelling abroad, they made a lot of friends"
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I got you vs I've got you

In this trailer of Frozen 2, there's this line: 00:46 OLAF: I’m gonna blow! 00:47 KRISTOFF: I got you. It sounds to me more like "I've got you" but the subtitles say it's "I got you." ...
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Can you use “had” for the present tense?

Your suggested edit is pending review. Editor Stats CJ Dennis had 2 edit suggestions approved, and 0 edit suggestions rejected Is "had" correct in that sentence? It is the number I ...
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How should we use simple past after present perfect?

Is this sentence correct? I have called him but he did not answer. Is there any other way to say it? What about these two? I am calling him but he will not answer. I am calling him but he ...
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Is it ok to use past simple where past perfect actually would be more precise?

I could say: I had been shown a footage. Or: I was shown a footage. Or: I saw a footage. I still can say about it using past simple, like it happened at some time in the past. Right?
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Had gone ///went

This sentence has been nagging me since morning. She had gone home as she had probably come (Source) Why is it "had gone" and "had come", not "went". And came ?!
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Use of tense to express frequency

I'd like to know if I am right about these two sentences: He was expelled because he had been misbehaving. This means he misbehaved on several occasions, probably over a period of time. He ...
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How does it write correctly?

How does it write correctly and why? How can I write this in the past tense? and also in question form how to say this? I mean the second action that did not happen and then you don't know how to ...
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Can we use Present perfect tense to talk about past?

In a given linked video (around 1:09) Mom is explaining past to her daughter. But While explaining her she used Present perfect tense in between, why? Is to correct to use? Girl: Mom, so why are we ...