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

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Since when {could/can} he move so quick?

SOURCE   Attack on Titan, 2013 Anime Season 2, Ep. 7 What is the difference between "Since when could he move so quick?" and "Since when can he move so quick?" The original sentence ...
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Which tense should I use in “I was talking about … when she started to talk about …”?

I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about what he had been up to these days. I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about ...
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tenses harmony/mixed tenses

I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] would be coming to our city. I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] will be coming to our city. Are both the above ...
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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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What would the natural tense be here?

A: He tried to hang himself in his basement about a month ago. B: What? A: Yeah. Luckily the pipes ______(1) tied the rope to __________(2) under his weight, so nothing happened. Which of these would ...
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A question regarding might be/might have been

When I was reading, I encountered 2 sentences like these: I went to his house last night, because I thought he might have the information I needed. He thought the book might help him move on ...
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Differences between 'has' and 'had'

I have online students studying English with me. A small number of them ask grammar questions. Sometimes the best answer I can offer is that I don’t know but will find an answer. Sometimes I’m stumped,...
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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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I (haven't / hadn't) really thought about that

A : Do you like me? B : Yes A : As friends? B : Yeah. I mean, I don't know. I (haven't / hadn't) really thought about that. . I haven't really thought about that. I didn't think ...
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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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What is the correct answer to this question?

The mattress can be stored in a space as small as shoebox but _____ to a thickness of 5 inches when fully inflated. Expanded Expand Expands Expansion I think both 1 and 3 can be the ...
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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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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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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's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because

What's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because? I've seen both being used but never really understood what's the difference -between ...
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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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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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Developed an application

Let's assume that an employee wrote the following sentence in the weekly report: Developed an application [doing something useful] Does this sentence mean that an application is ready? Or does it ...
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Tense of “won't know something until do something”

I read this, We won’t know if it’s a true antidote until they’ve had a chance to study it. But I find other examples are more tend to present tense, You won't know until you try. Why?
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Differences between will, would, and would have

I can differentiate which would be used in sentences, but I can't quite pinpoint the difference between these. So I went online and tried a quiz from the British Council and I can't quite figure out ...
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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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“Once you do something” or “once you have done something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference between the following sentences. Once you do the task, you can go on to the next one. Once you have done the task, you can go on the next one. Could the ...
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“Suspected” VS “had suspected” have same meaning here?

For a long time many scientists suspected that koalas were so lethargic because the compounds in eucalyptus leaves kept the cute little animals in a drugged­out state. But more recent research has ...
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Past Perfect Tense or Simple Past tense

"Qatar Petroleum is looking to invest at least $20b in the United States over the coming few years, its chief executive told Reuters, after the Gulf Arab state quit OPEC, freeing Doha from potential ...
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future in the past + adverbial clause

I would like to ask a question about the future in the past and the adverbial clause used in the sentence which indicates the future. I know we can indicate future in the past, for example by using "...
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I think he go or he goes to school?

I am new here. My question is I think he go or goes to school? Is "think" a subjunctive?
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“Would have to” usage

From the article "Delhi launches doorstep delivery of govt. services" in The Hindu (emphasis mine): The applicant would have to call 1076 and fix an appointment with a mobile sahayak, who will go ...

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