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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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Is the use of past tense correct in this context?

An American official said on Saturday night that senior military officials had decided that, with American forces largely withdrawing from Syria, commandos should take action quickly to try to kill or ...
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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)."
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It is/was the best goal I have ever seen

I have a question related to grammar. I saw a memorable goal in 2015. I told my friend "It was the best goal I had ever seen"? In this case, I wanted to say that the goal was my favourite goal till ...
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I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
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Having problem with present contiunous and context

The river (flows/ is flowing) very fast today. Do you know how to drive? I am learning (to). My father (teaches/is teaching) me. Normally I finish work at five, but this week I (worked/am working) ...
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Second conditional and sequence of tenses

Should I use past tense in such sentences? Which one is correct? If I said I was going to Canada, would you accompany me? If I said I am going to Canada, would you accompany me?
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Are these sentences completely different in terms of context or just matter of choice?

Sentences: To me, they convey the same context (process was interrupted by some event but 1st shows us sequence of events while 2nd shows just inevitable fact of interruption of the process) I had ...
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If I were you, I wouldn't bother him while he … sleeping.- “is” vs “was”

This is a second conditional If I were you, I wouldn't bother him while he --------- sleeping. What goes in the blank space? My opinion: I've seen people use the present tense and past tense ( ...
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Are these jumbled tenses?

Several studies demonstrated that older crop varieties typically have lower yields but substantially higher nutrient levels than modern varieties. For example, some researchers found that breeding ...
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Present simple + time? “I can't do it for the next 5 hours”

Is it correct to say something in present tense, but it has a time information that will be taking place until a certain time in the Future. For example, I can't do it for the next 5 hours.
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Tense agreement for an action in the future and others before it but also in the future? [closed]

For the example marked in yellow, I want to know the correct tenses that should be used in the second sentence, written in italics. I am afraid there will be a lot of false alarms that will render ...
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Differences of Sequence of verbs

1-I will tell him I will go to the cinema. Here, the event "going cinema" is later than telling. We use future "will" here. 2-I will call you before I arrive. Although arriving is later than ...
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'Went' vs 'have all gone' vs 'goes' after a future perfect clause

He will have waited there until the lights went out. He will have waited there until the lights have all gone out. He will have waited there until the lights goes out. Are those sentences ...
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Sequence of tenses issue

In one English lessons book there is this case where the 'Incorrect' sentence is replaced with the 'Correct' one. (Incorrect) Tom didn't leave work until 6:00, so he will not likely be here ...
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Shall I write, I am going to buy or I have bought?

I have just asked a new question about coconut oil in lifehack on stackexchange. In the question, I said this I have not bought any coconut oil before... I am wondering how it's possible for me ...