Questions tagged [tense]

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When it is a statement about a habit, a regular event, or things like that, what tense do we use in a noun clause: simple past or present perfect?

When it is a statement about a habit, a regular event, or things like that, what tense do we use in a noun clause: simple past or present perfect? 1 Whenever I go out, I have to check multiple times ...
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is regretting and regrets

I know this is the basic grammar knowledge, but I can't figure out the differences between these sentences: 1)We sure hope Brad is regretting those hateful tweets now. and 2)We sure hope Brad regrets ...
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Should this reported speech use "was" or "had been" to convert "was"?

When you have a sentence in the direct speech talking about someone’s age such as “a producer discovered me when I was 13” How does it change into the reported speech? he said a producer had ...
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"Didn't choose {to be born/to have been born}"

Didn't choose to be born Didn't choose to have been born The second one doesn't sound right to me, but something about it looks plausible. Which one is the right one, and why?
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Has and is in a sentence

Which sentence is correct? Why has my order not shipped out? or Why is my order not shipped out? Can someone tell me the grammatical rule on this? When do I use “has” and when do I use “is”?
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tenses/ backshifting died/dies

I would love you till the sun died. I would love you till the sun dies. Are both of them grammatically correct? Is there a difference in their meaning?
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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'thought it was" or "thought it would"

I thought it was cheaper to send it airmail but in fact when the postman told me the price it was very expensive. I thought it would be cheaper to send it airmail but I was wrong it was very ...
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Using imperative form as a Product Feature

I am preparing my RGB Keyboard Product's features. Is it okay to use imperative form? and Are the following sentences correct? Change the colors from the app on the phone by connecting via Bluetooth. ...
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Tell me whether the statement is right or wrong

"Whoever reads this comment, I wish u achieved all the goals in your life and became a great person!" is this correct? I saw this comment in a youtube video... I think it's incorrect because ...
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When narratng a story of the past, why use "would" instead of a simple past verb?

Although I understand that "would" is the past tense form of "will", I don't understand why sometimes it is used in a place where a simple past would be more apt. This is ...
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How to use past simple instead of 'used to'?

I just noticed this use of past simple in Genesis 1:2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. ...
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"I thought she will/would go there tomorrow" Why should we use would in this sentence?

"I heard (that) it will rain tomorrow" In this sentence I know we should use will However "I thought she will/would go there tomorrow" Why should we use would and not will in this ...
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"You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work."

You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work. You will acquire more and more knowledge while you are working. What is the difference between them? Which sounds more natural?
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Future real conditional (also first conditional ) in a reported speech: was or were?

Questions: Q1: When using a first real conditional in a reported speech, it has to be backshifted. But I don't know whether to use: was or were? Q2: Are the tenses of the italic words (met and went) ...
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“Was leaving” vs “Was to leave”

So I’ve came across an argument with some girl I was chatting with, about a grammatical matter. In the sentence: “The kindest thing you ever did (was to leave) , (or) was leaving. What is the ...
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what tense to use with 'until'

What verb tense to use with the adverbial clause 'until'? for example I had been swimming until nine o'clock yesterday I swam until nine o'clock yesterday I was swimming until nine o'clock yesterday ...
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"Enhances the durability", "Enhanced durability"

High quality stitching enhanced durability. I read an article about sewing and saw the above sentence. The context is about SPI (stitches per inch). Is it necessary to add an article, "the"?...
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Has not been selected VS was not selected

What is the difference of saying "has not been selected for the prize" and "you were not selected for the prize"? I understand that the first one means that there is a possibility ...
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Some swans (lived / were living) on the lake in the town last winter. "lived" vs "were living"

Some swans (lived / were living) on the lake in the town last winter. Recommended answer is "lived," but I think "were living" is better because the state of some swans living was ...
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Future Tense OR Simple Present?

Which sentence is true? If it's humid, the air will feel warm and wet. If it's humid, the air feels warm and wet. If both are correct, are there any differences in their meaning?
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"increasingly globalized world" , can it be "increasingly globalizing world" if I were to talk in present continuous manner?

Is this sentence correct? there are 280 million French speakers in this increasingly globalizing world if not, what's wrong?
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I'm reading a book or I've been reading a book? Implying I started some days ago

I saw a similar question, but I'm not content with the answers, i.e. it's still unclear. It looks like both options are appropriate here, since for present perfect continuous can be applied to an ...
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There's no proof of what {you're saying/you said/you say} - which tense is correct?

What tense should I use in this case? Let's say that John and Paul are having a conversation. John claims to know something. Paul doesn't believe him. Which of the following answers is the most ...
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"When a girl of twenty marries a man close to eighty it is obvious that she is marrying him for money"

When a girl of twenty marries a man close to eighty it is obvious that she is marrying him for money I was wondering why marrying after "marries", is there a rule?
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The choice of the tense in this sentence

Let's say I've been trying to fix some glitches of someone's computer for one hour. Which of the following is better or if both are correct what is the difference? I give up! Nothing I try works. I ...
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Is there a name for the usage of the present simple tense in situations like "I think" or "I declare" etc?

I vaguely remember there was an explanation but I do not know how to find it. Basically, why do we say: "I think", "I declare", "I expect", "I win" in ...
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At what tenses can I use the "to be going to" and "used to" constructions?

There are constructions like: to be going to used to be used to get used to At what tenses can i use them? For example "to be going to" in past simple looks well: I was going to... But "...
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Tense simplification: use would, could, might, should to express possibility, uncertainty, etc. in the present

The book Practical English Usage by Michael Swan says: The tense in the subordinate clause tends to be simplified. He gives some examples: (a) If I (would have) had lots of money, I would give some ...
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What tense should I use for a completed action before another action expressed in present perfect?

I know I can use Past Perfect talks about a completed action before another action, for example: I had eaten before she arrived at 10:00am. But I am not sure what tense I should used for a completed ...
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"He has a car but yesterday he ______ by cab"

Example: He has a car but yesterday he ______ by cab Was leaving Left Could I use both options? And which one sounds better?
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"It should have killed me, but I hadn't died" - is this sentence correct?

If it's correct, why the Past Perfect tense has been used here instead of Past Simple?
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Tense of verb after as though

Andy acts as though he knew everything Andy acted as though he knew everything Andy acted as though he had known everything I know that the first sentence is correct. But what about the next two? ...
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Did vs. past perfect and present perfect continuous

In a test question: "How long ___ in Spain before you came here". Choices are: a. Did you live b. Have you lived c. Have been living Accordingly, the answer is a. Isn't it suppose to be c?
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Confusion in tenses

Well, I was learning present perfect tenses today and I am confused between present perfect and present perfect continuous. I have grasped majority of the uses of these sentences but I am confused ...
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Is "it's been" correct here?

A: Rough day? B: No, it's been fine. A: OK. B: You? A: Fine. It's just been long. 1) This conversation is close to midnight, so the day is almost over. In that case is "it's been" natural? 2) ...
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Sentence choice

He is one of the greatest men who have ever lived. He was one of the greatest men who ever lived. Sentence 2 looks wrong to me because we cannot use ever with past tense in this case as people are ...
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did + present-continuous form

A conversation between me and my friend: Friend: I was sleeping when you called. And I do that everyday till 13:00. Me: ok ~3 days later he replies to me at 10:00 already~ Now my question: Is it ...
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Past perfect (earlier past)

The basic meaning of the past perfect is "earlier past". We use past perfect to talk about something that happened before another action in the past, which is usually expressed by the past simple : ...
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Can "FOR + period of time" be used in all tenses?

Can "FOR + period of time" be used in all tenses? (1) Anna and Peter talk for two hours daily. (2) Anna and Peter have talked for two hours. (3) Anna and Peter have been talking for two hours. (4)...
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"This happened" or "This happens"?

Here is my sentence She wanted to show us something, then this happened/happens. I used grammar checker but it doesn't tell me which one should I use. Which one is correct?
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Usage of 'having been' 'commas (,)' and 'ensure'

I recently read this paragraph on a website (https://taiwancanhelp.us), but I'm a bit confused about if the grammar is correct in these two sentences: "Taiwan, having been isolated from the World ...
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Has vs Had: grammar usage

Context of the sentence: One day, my dog ran away and couldn't be found. 'A week later, a letter came from my aunt saying that the dog has returned.' Is it grammatically correct to use has or had? ...
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"You found" vs. "You've found" in context

Imagine that, I was confusing concept A with concept B. I searched and found their definitions but was still confused. So I raised a question, and then someone replied You found the definition of ...
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Past perfect continuous for continuing events in the past

My Cambridge Dictionary's grammar section contains the following explanation about the past perfect continuous tense: Continuing events in the past We use the past perfect continuous to talk about ...
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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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The air hostess ... the passengers to fasten their seat belts until after the plane ... off

I am preapring for an exam and having tests. One of the questions in one of the tests was like that: The air hostess ... the passengers to fasten their seat belts until after the plane ... off. ...
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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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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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What is the difference in meaning between "be going to be doing something" and "will be doing something"?

Is there any difference in meaning between be going to be doing and will be doing? For example: I can't go to the party as I am going to be working on my project. I can't go to the party as I ...

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