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

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How do you ask the age of a person in a picture?

I am confused between these two sentences : How old are you in this picture? How old were you in this picture? Which one of these is correct or more accurate?
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Reported Speech - Backshifting or not?

I've seen a lot of exceptions for the reported speech and I would like to debate and thereby clear the things that are on my mind regarding this subject. I've seen these types of "Rules" of ...
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“Destroying of world” or “Destroying world”?

For meaning like "world destroying" or "destruction of world". What form should be used? What are their names, because in grammar rules of participle tense forms there are absolutely different ...
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What is the difference between “where are you living” and “where do you live”

If I want to ask a friend of mine where he is living could I use both sentences below in the same context? 1 where are you living 2 where do you live If both are wrong, then what is the ...
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Is there a difference between these sentences when “today” is added?

I have read in a grammar book that there is a difference between these two sentences and it is as follows: "I have been swimming today" is said shortly after the swimming has stopped, hair is still ...
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I/I've borrowed it from my friend [duplicate]

I was wondering about past simple and present perfect lately. It was a long path of understanding these 2 tenses, I think I finally understand the meaning of "context" that can occur or not. When ...
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Cohesion in tenses in Relative and Main clauses

I have a chart which illustrates the unemployment rates of five different countries in 2005, and I need to write a report about this chart. Which one of the following sentences is the correct one ? ...
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had predicted or predict?

Does the past perfect in the following passage have a past event as its anchor point? To be a good scientist, you have to be tolerant and patient when experiments or interpretations do not turn ...
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Is it grammatical to say “I didn't … for a long time”?

An ELL post says We talked on the phone several times. Later I didn't hear anything for a long time, so I figured she didn't need my help anymore which uses past simple tense with "for a long time"...
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Is it grammatical and idiomatic to say “I want … I did … I got”?

In one of my posts I said I want to know how is the menu popped up on youtube, so I inspected the setting-button on youtube, and I got this The need to figure out that technique does not only ...
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What tense did use in when-clause?

A teachbook says that 'be going to' is the substitute for modal verb 'will'. Example: When I was going to school, I was preoccupied with good grades. What tense did use the first clause, and why? ...
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Why we use has been in present perfect

It has been a nice trip - present perfect It was a nice trip -past How the first sentence could be present perfect because present perfect indicates something that has done recently then why we use ...
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past simple tense vs. past perfect tense, when talking about a reason

An ELL post (The difference : When / Before) says When I had gotten used to coffee, I went on a trip to Brazil to try many different types. Suppose coffee is the reason that guy went to Brazil. ...
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Is Present Perfect Continuous a finished activity or is still continuing in this situation?

I have a doubt, perfect tenses confuse me a lot... Imagine this situation: Javi: Sorry learnprogramming (me), I have been watching an album and I forgot to call you, sorry. Imagine that a person ...
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Been is confusing me HELP!

I was watching tv series where police said “he could have been wearing gloves’ I think he speculated the past event..but I really can't understand the reason behind using ing and been...because we ...
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Question about the tense used when talking about a general scenario

Do the three sentences below have any differences in meaning? Do I use simple past or present perfect or simple present tense when it is a general scenario? Every time I go back to my dorm from ...
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see, saw, have seen

In one of my posts (Is a simple "context" a good start to ask questions?) I said I've seen lots of people begin their questions with ... where I used present perfect tense. Actually, I ...
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Which tense does “just now” correspond to, past simple or present perfect?

In my other post (Are "directly" and "immediately" interchangeable in some situations?) I said I went through a nice tutorial if and whether: indirect questions on Cambridge ...
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‘The turkey won’t fully cook’ needs to use passive voice?

I found this sentence in an English leaning material: The temperature needs to be 220 at the minimum or else the turkey won’t fully cook. The subject of the latter half is ‘turkey’. Do we need to ...
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Help Rectify vs Help Rectifying

It will be great if someone can help rectify it. It will be great if someone can help rectifying it. May I know which one above is grammatical?
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which one first happened? “dragging the canal” or “ordering to enter the canal”?

which one first happened? "dragging the canal" or "ordering to enter the canal"? The danger of blindly following alleged spirit guidance was clearly shown some months later in the neighbouring ...
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past participle vs. simple past on the context of quotation

An ELL post (What's the meaning of "it's kind/nice of you?) says My teacher had told me that "it's kind/nice of you" is an expression of praising but I have heard this phrase from ...
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present participle on the context of users and service provider

Consider the situation, An user encountered a bug and report the bug to the service provider; the service provider fixed that bug. That user said This should have been resolved by now An answer ...
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simple present vs. present participle on context

An user issued a bug on meta.stackoverflow.com recently. After that another guy (engineer) made some fix and then said This should be resolved. I guess that sentence should be This should have ...
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“would probably be” or “would be probably”?

In my other question ("The question is that" vs. "The question is") I said I guess the 3rd way ... would be probably grammatical and idiomatic. where I used "would be probably",...
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When the expression “I shall be coming to see you …” would be used?

I was worried about whether I used the right preposition in post Does bridge actually refer to the part on which pedestrians and vehicles move on in everyday English?. So, I googled it. And then I ...
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mixing simple present with present progressive

The children sit on the sofa, watching TV. Their mom watches too. Is it weird or normal to write "watches" in the example above when I have just used "watching"?
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“It gets booked up quickly though so you’ d need to check it was available” why it was? I can’t understand why past tense?

It gets booked up quickly though so you’d need to check it was available Why it was? I can’t understand why past tense.
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Present infinitive with have as auxiliary?

What exactly is happening here in bold? Is it in the passive voice of the present infinitive with have as auxiliary verb? The scene had to be viewed to be appreciated.
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Problem with past perfect tense

Here are two sentences. “I had intended to meet him, but there was an emergency then,” and “I intended to have met him, but there was an emergency then.” Are these two sentences expressing the same ...
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present perfect and present continuous in one sentence

The present perfect and present continuous are a little bit challenging for me. Here: How are you feeling today? I hope you have fully recovered and you are having a good start of the week. If ...
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“I am living in London” and “I have lived in London”

Tell me please the difference between using Present Perfect and Present Continuous in these sentences. I am living in London. I have lived in London. The idea is to tell that right now I live in ...
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Do people really use the grammar “Past Perfect+Past Simple”?

Grammar books say when something happens before something else, we should use had+past particle in the sentence that happened at first and then say the second sentence in past tense. Do people use it ...
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His school tardiness is improved or his school tardy has improved since last meeting

His school tardiness is improved or his school tardy has improved since last meeting
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Different meanings in different tenses

What are the different meanings of ''promise'' in past simple and present perfect? I think they are not different when translating to my language, but it must be different right? There are two ...
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Our Head of Audit is so obtuse that he had no inkling that funds were being ingeniously diverted

A.obtuse B.had C.were being D.ingeniously E.No error What is the right answer??? In my point of view, the answer should be "No error" plz correct me if I am wrong .
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Should I use is/was in this sentence

It has been a long chain of email with the person, who I will be meeting with, for an interview and the person emphasizes something twice in the email, so I am responding to him. Noted! And yes my ...
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What is the past tense of “would like to”?

there: Could you tell me what the past tense of "would like to do" is? Is it "wanted to do"? Also, I'd like to know the present and past perfect tense of "would like to do" if it has. If it is not ...
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verb tense shift allowed when “never” or “ever” is used

(1) I have never been tricked while I was shopping at ABC. (mixed tenses, okay) (2) I have been tricked a few times while I was shopping at ABC. (a tense mismatch, wrong) (3) I was tricked a few ...
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What tense should I use in an adverbial clause when Future in the Past used in the content clause?

In a sentences like John said that he would go abroad when he (will be | would be) twenty or I thought I would work in IT after I (graduated | will graduate | would graduate ) the university ...
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past tense of modal verbs

Is it appropriate to say, "Bob was not sure whether Kate was at work. She might be at work."? In my opinion, "Bob thought, 'She may/might be at work.'"is correct. Switching it to indirect speech, "...
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Past perfect continuous for continuing events in the past

I got from Cambridge Dictionary (in grammar section): Past perfect continuous tense. Continuing events in the past We use the past perfect continuous to talk about actions or events which ...
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How are they/How were they?

I saw my children two days ago. How are they?/How were they? Are both of these natural in the given context or only one of them?
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Why do these while and when parallel questions have definite answers (when both past or continuous is correct)?

I am teaching a junior high school student at home in Japan and I just picked basketball worksheets to pique his interest but didn't look at them hard. These question have the answers below. Why are ...
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Can present perfect be used for events occurred long time ago?

I had a discussion with my mate about the usage of present perfect tense, and he raised the point that it can only be used for recent past events. First off, it's illogical, because we can't agree ...
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“I went to the mall after taking a shower” - How to handle -ing forms in different tenses?

I'm currently trying to improve my English grammar and I'm strangely fascinated with tenses. I just came across a sentence structure that I find quite difficult to analyze. It's probably not too hard ...
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The perfect form after modal verbs

Which are correct? Who do you think was the murderer in the story? 1) I think Ben would be the murderer. 2) I think Ben would have been the murderer. 3) Ben would be the murderer. 4) Ben would ...
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A tense problem about the use of modal verbs

Here is an example from the HP books: "Come to think of it, he wasn't even sure his nephew was called Harry. He'd never even seen the boy. It might have been Harvey. Or Harold." I think it enough to ...
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Combined past continuous and past simple usage

In one ESL exercise the sentence "They were whistling while they worked" is given. There is no other context given. I am wondering why the word 'whistling' is in the past continuous, when one would ...
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Wake up & Woke up

What's the different between 'wake up' & 'woke up'? Which grammar part used in it? & How can I understand this type of word? Which means different situation?

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