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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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Help with verb tense

Which of these sentenses is correct? If we stopped the project, they would pick up where we left off. If we stopped the project, they would pick up where we would have left off. If we stopped the ...
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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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First , we met at a rehearsal in the city. Our team (had) needed a singer, and she (had) agreed to help. - Past Simple or Perfect [duplicate]

Do we need to use Past Simple or Past Perfect in this case if 'needing' and 'agreeing' happened first? First, we met at a rehearsal in the city. Our team (had) needed a singer, and she (had) agreed ...
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If I could go back in time, a time when I wasn't born/hadn't been born/didn't exist yet, I would

Which would be correct here and why? If I could go back in time, a time when I wasn't born/hadn't been born/didn't exist yet, I would...
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"Where did you read this?" as a reply to "I have read that ..."

I have read that...is... Is 1 or 2 the correct reply to this? Where did you read that? Where have you read that? Does the tense of the question change between asking it in a real-life conversation ...
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price to be advised and quoted separately

price to be advised and quoted separately In the sentence above, is the word quoted a short form of to be quoted? Should it be price to be advised and quote separately? Edit to add more context: I ...
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If you asked him what his name was/is

Are these sentences interchangeable? If you asked him what his name was, he wouldn’t tell you. If you asked him what his name is, he wouldn’t tell you. I think it is wrong to use “is” in this ...
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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She admitted/admits that she had stolen

Are my examples grammatically correct? She admitted that she had stolen the money. She admits that she had stolen the money.
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hear someone cry vs hear someone crying

Last night I heard a lady cry/crying. My book says the correct answer is cry. . Last night I heard a man scream/screaming. My book says the correct answer is screaming. . I couldn't get it. How do we ...
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using "after" + Past Simple + Present Perfect

Is it okay to use "after" with Past Simple in the subordinate clause and then Present Perfect in the main clause? For example: After Marry married John, Jack has been very reticent about ...
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They used to think we are/were siblings?

I happened to see this sentence the other day: They used to think we are siblings. Is this correct usage? I have a feeling that it is wrong. But If it is correct, Is there a meaning difference if I ...
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Can i use present tense with past tense sentences?

(a) What made me sad is that he didn't say anything. (b) What made me sad was that he didn't say anything. In this sentence, are both (a) and (b) possible for the main verb position? Or is only (b) ...
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Conditional 2 and harmony of tenses

While teaching yesterday I came across two sentences and I got stuck on them. If somebody offered me to buy a fur coat, I would say that it is too expensive. OR If somebody offered me to buy a fur ...
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"I wish I knew what was (is) wrong with my car" - which is correct? (subjunctive mood)

Which one of the two forms of verb will make the following sentence idiomatic? I wish I knew what _____ wrong with my car. Is Was I think it should be is because the sentence is in subjunctive ...
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Does it make sense to use the present for something that happened 10 years ago?

Does it make sense to use the present for something that happened 10 years ago? "Britain makes the most advanced airplane. (It was made 10 years ago)" In what situation would it make sense?...
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Can cause and effect be used in the same tense? [closed]

Are these tenses used correctly in these sentences? The prospects of self-isolation and the implementation of quarantine have brought about the need to accumulate food supplies, which has resulted ...
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Use past and present tense in the same sentence

This topic was discussed before, and I do know that tenses should agree when they're in the same clause, but hear me out: "I realized that, in order to make a real difference, I need an MBA." My ...
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Reported speech: When to not change "was" to "had been"?

Recently, I was studying about reported speech and while thinking about a few "directly" reported constructions came to mind. I'm trying to change those sentences to reported speech. Barbara ...
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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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"I was not sure when you were coming back" or "I was not sure when you would come back"?

I am taking a Spanish(*) course with a private teacher and they were on vacation these days. Since I was not totally sure whether my teacher was back from their trip, I sent a message today to check ...
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Meaning of "She denied prior knowledge of the meeting."

I didn't understand what the sentence "She denied prior knowledge of the meeting." means exactly. The possible meanings to me; 1) She refused that she had some information about the meeting. 2) She ...
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Which tense is correct? “The teacher explained to us what dyslexia IS” or “what dyslexia was”

This sentence: The teacher explained to us what dyslexia is. I think this is correct, but other say that it should be: The teacher explained to us what dyslexia was. Since dyslexia still exists, ...
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Tense after 'still'

Jack stopped being a lad for a long time ago, it was amusing to see someone still try to mother him. Above is an example sentence I made. Previously, I wrote 'tried' instead of 'try', but I got a ...
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Adverbs after the verb "BE" in "he has and STILL IS"?

In my grammar book, I saw this: He has been looking everywhere for you, and he still is. Why does 'is' stand after an adverb? I thought that there was a rule that we have to put adverbs ...
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What tense should I use when referring to someone's children when some are alive and others dead?

This is the scenario: John had six children; two died, four are alive. (Important Point: John is still alive) Now someone wants to know about John's progeny, so he'd ask: "How many children does ...
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The tense of the verb in the dependent clause needs to match the main verb's tense? (would or will)

I get told that #1 is correct and #2 is wrong. They revealed that they would quicken the pace of the change. They revealed that they will quicken the pace of the change. Is #2 just wrong?
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tense agreement (the simple past tense and the past perfect tense) [duplicate]

I found this sentence below in a test passage: He had only become a dog-lover in later life when Jofi was given to him by his daughter Anna. Why is "Jofi was" used when the tense of the main ...
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tense agreement (simple past tense after past perfect tense)

I found this sentence below in a test passage: Less well known at the time was the fact that Freud had found out, almost by accident, how helpful his pet dog Jofi was to his patients. Why is "...
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Tense agreement is or was?

The public and critics laughed at Rousseau's flat style of portraying human figures. This was because the paintings did not look real. Rousseau's style was markedly different from the contemporary ...
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use of "by the time" in this example of past narrative

John wanted to go home but didn't want to wait for the bus, so he started to walk. After all, the wait wasn't worth it; by the time the bus would come, he would be home already. Is this the right ...
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I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened

I suppose that the sentence: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened. isn't correct - it must be: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this has happened. But what ...
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Are you completely sure anything you have done [is/has been] of your own free will?

Are you completely sure anything you have done is of your own free will? Are you completely sure anything you have done has been of your own free will? Might I trouble you to tell me whether ...
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Sequence of tenses in two independent clauses?

I am sorry that I could not see you before leaving my old place, but I will soon visit the area to deal with the last few things there and I hope to see you then. My question is whether the above ...
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Sequence of Tenses problem

I understand when the sequence of tenses is used, but I'm confused with the next example: He added that they do not sell any data to third parties, but that instead they listen to advertisers and ...
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Tense Agreement: 'hold' vs. 'held'

Which is correct in the following sentence and why?: I met some people who 'hold' strong views on this issue; I met some people who 'held' strong views on this issue. I think "2" is correct in the ...
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Hadn't/haven't- difference in meaning in the given context

Life would be so much easier if people could anticipate your needs and work to satisfy them. Like, if somebody got you that cup of coffee you hadn't asked for yet. Life would be so much easier if ...
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Do two parts of a sentence have to use the same tense?

Do we have to use "has" in the second part of the sentence when we use it in the first part? For example The central bank of China has cut its daily reference rate by 1.9 percent and made its ...
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Rules of tense agreement

Do the tenses match in the following context? I have done as much as I can/could do to get selected for the job, still I have failed. Should I use can or could there?
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tense before "That was until ..."

I am wondering what tense should be used before "That was until" in the following: Even though the spice is popular in Asia, it has remained largely unknown in the West. That was until a merchant ...
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Has or have usage with this particular sentence [duplicate]

If any of Canadian publishers already have/has the rights for this book? Which one is correct or both are possible?
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Historical present-''I remember how

Is this sentence correct when I am narrating a past event using the present tense (historical present) "I remember the first time I spoke to a hot girl (English native speaker), it was completely ...
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Is it right? "Have you been struggling with your new year's resolutions like I did?"

I had been struggling with my new year's resolutions and then I found a solution. The opening question I would like to ask my audience is "Have you been struggling with your new year's resolutions ...
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are informed or have been informed

Neither Mr Tan nor his wife has been informed about the accident by the police. Is it possible to replace ‘has been informed’ with ‘is informed’? Will the sentence has a different meaning?
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Correct tense to use when two subjects are in different times

For example: The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China were/are communist. I am unsure of which to use because the first part of the subject implies the past tense while the second part ...
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Sentence agreement with perfect

I am trying to construct such a sentence, and I am stuck whether it's possible to use Present Perfect here or not. I have two options: There were times when people thought that physics had been ...
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Past in the future

I am wondering about such a case. Imagine you would like to express that something will happen in future that will have to do with something in the past. How would you say that? For instance, is ...
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Is the tense in "...who would feel that they were being used." grammatical?

Doing this can only lead to resentment amongst young people, who would feel that they were being used. Is that the right tense agreement using past progressive - were being used - in the sentence ...
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we wed, we wedded, we were wed or we were wedded?

Which usage tense and is more formal: we wed, we wedded, we were wed, or we were wedded?? Sentence example, "We wed on (insert past date and location)."