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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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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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Why word “did” used in place of “do”?

SOURCE    (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958) Couldn't you at least wash your hands before you did that? Why word "did" used in place of "do"? Do word make sense, but here word did is ...
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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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'Do' as substitute verb and its tense

A) You'll probably run off, as you did so last week. B) You'll probably run off, as you did do so last week. Does sentence A) suffice, or is 'did do' required to ensure tense agreement between ...
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can I use “make time” for present time [closed]

Assume that a request is about the present time, for example someone asks me to give her a hand on some work, but I'm too busy and I can't. I feel that saying "Sorry, I don't have time for it" is a ...
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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?

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 ...
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Can I omit the second “had he” in “Had he been honest and had he told that”

My first question is if I can omit the "had he" in front of "told"? Had he been honest and told that only the photo of an outdated engine, that had been already printed by others years before, ...
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“to receive” vs “to have received”

1) The salesman said he was very glad to receive the order the day before. 2) The salesman said he was very glad to have received the order the day before. I think that a perfect infinitive (to ...
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Tense agreement in a somehow complicated case

This is my sentence: 1) In his letter, written between the 22nd and 28th of October 1885, I. D. Wilson mentioned Mrs. Beard who had promised to take care of the old Mrs. Wilson if she came to enjoy ...
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tense-agreement

Sarah says she wants me to get a job, as she says we need the money. I said she has a great job that pays relly well. We can live comfortably without me getting a job. Is there any problem in the ...
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I did as suggest but to no avail

I did as suggest but to no avail Rule states with 'did' in sentence first form of verb is correct but above statement is quite unheard of. On the contrary, I did as suggested. is very common. ...
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Tense agreement in a special case [closed]

I am not sure especially about the agreement between: "specifies", "would be bought" and "were delivered". In the original non-English version the text is like this: "The agreement specifies that the ...
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Tense agreement in a particular situation

Regarding the sentence marked in yellow, I am especially unsure about "was" or "is". Which one should I use if both the 1880 and 1852 articles still exist today? In the same 1880 text, the author ...
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I'm confused between these two sentences. Which one to use?

“he told me he was going for a breakfast at the restaurant because he believes they make good pancakes” “he told me he was going for a breakfast at the restaurant because he believed the ...
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They would have liked (their friend to drink less) or (that their friend drink less)

How should it be: 1) They would have liked their friend to drink less. 2) They would have liked that their friend drink less. If none of the two sentences is correct then how should I say?
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Past perfect vs Simple past in the given situation

I didn't post that picture, she did. I'd logged in to my account using her phone, and had forgotten to log out. I'd logged in to my account using her phone, and forgot to log out. Which of the two ...
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Why are verbs following “have not” in past tense, but verbs following “did not” are in present tense?

For example: I have not booked the flight. I did not book the flight. I haven't bought the lemons. I did not buy the lemons.
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In tense can I mix past with present in same sentence to show permanence of past?

Is this correct use of tense? "I observed that there are three baseline user cases..." Or should the tense match? Such as this example, "I observed that there were three baseline user cases..." ...
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Why 'I had rather…get in trouble' and not 'I had rather…got in trouble' since 'had' is past tense?

"I had rather listen to my parents or get in trouble." --> I did not understand this because it says, "I had rather" which is past and ends in present "get in trouble" instead of "got in trouble" ...
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If I were…, I would be

The question is "If you could be any age, what age would you be?" The answer: (assuming I am teen) "If I could be any age, I would be 20 because I can/could drive a car." "If I could be any age, ...
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Shall I put “will” in these following subordinate clauses?

Shall I put "will" in these following subordinate clauses? He will cook as his mother will show him tomorrow. I will go where she will stay. Even though she will study in London, her girlfriend ...
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How do I chose the correct tense usage?

It was Kuchela's friendship rather than his friendship that drove him to Krishna's side. Could it be had driven him? You told me yesterday. Could it be had told?
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related to tense agreement

Shouldn't be agreement of tenses be applied in this case? We learnt enough to (pass vs passed) the exam.
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Why is it “I saw you kiss her yesterday” instead of “I saw you kissed her yesterday”?

I have seen in a movie a strange sentence which is: I saw you kiss her yesterday. So considering that is past simple, she should have said 'kissed' instead of 'kiss'. I don't understand why we ...
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Question related to tense agreement

I am studying "Sequence of tenses" using English grammar book and get totally confused. When should agreement of tenses be applied and when should it not? For example in the following cases it is ...
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“She said she would collect the book on Monday when she _____ home from school”-“came” or “would come”?

What would be the "official" way to complete the following sentence? She said she would collect the book on Monday when she _____ home from school 1. Came 2. Would come EDIT: A few of you ...