Questions tagged [tense]

This tag is for questions about tense, or location in time by grammatical forms and constructions rather than by semantics.

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What tense is denoted by this construction?

In a technical document, which I have been reading, I am faced with the following sentence: A name having namespace scope that has not been given internal linkage above has the same linkage as ...
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Which tense to use?

I was using some user name on some forum. Then I changed that name. I want to address this in my signature. What should I write? I was posting as X before. I used to post as X before. I have posted ...
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Should “know” or “knew” be used here?

I know that she will not come today. I knew that she will not come today. Which of the above is more accurate if I want to say I knew that she won't come long time ago?
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Win, Wins, or Won?

Is this grammar correct? "Why condition1 and condition2 wins over condition3." Example: "Why teamwork and ideas wins over smarts". I'm not sure the proper way to form the tense/aspect for "...
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Which is better?

My parents would kill me if they found out. My parents will kill me if they find out. Are they both correct or is only one of them correct?
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“Now” vs “by now”

Consider these examples: By now the desk should be looking significantly tidier! By now, the failure of regulators to contain dangerous forces should be well accepted. By now I own some forty ...
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Explain usage of “have had been” [duplicate]

I am very much confused with the usage of Have-Had-Has. I know "have" is used in Present perfect whereas "had" is used in past perfect. Then what about the usage of "have had" combination in a ...
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It (is) sold for [duplicate]

I google sold for and see various interpretations. Chicago Office Tower to Be Sold for Record $850 Million First Wolverine Comic Art Is Sold for Nearly $660,000 Babe Ruth's watch sells for $650,108 ...
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Simple Present / Formal Future use in this sentence

This question on ELU asked In this sentence "Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 takes off at 6:20." Can I replace "will take off" with "takes off"? A user commented on the question like ...
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Is it correct to use multiple tenses within a paragraph in a story?

I was wondering what tense I should use for writing a story. What I use is a Present and past tense mixture. But I am not sure whether they are right or wrong. If I write something general, I use ...
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Can “has been” be used in other than “continuous” forms of verbs? Below are sample sentences

1) He has been doing it for five years - Present Perfect Continuous, doing is the transitive verb 2) He has been quiet for five years - Which form of tense? Quiet is an adjective(or past participle ...
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“could sought” in a conditional statement

I am asking my friend for a favor. If he doesnot accept then i have to inform him that i will look for someone else to favor me. For this context, i am confused with using could and should or would in ...
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Near Future, About to, Is to, Soon to

For example if I would like to say that something will happen in the near future such as in this sentence: "I am about to leave" will it mean the same as "I am to leave soon" or "I am to leave?" It ...
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Past simple Or past Particple?

Is this sentence correct? It is not surprising that her death cast a pale of gloom over all those who had come in contact with her. Is "who had come in contact" right form? Or can I make this the ...
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Could have vs would have

could have vs would have I know could means indicating a possibility or ability, and would means the past of will or something about that is uncertain. Which of the following is correct? If you ...
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“led” or “was leading”? — “Raheem ____ a happy life after his retirement.”

Is this sentence correct? "Raheem was leading a happy life after his retirement." I used past continuous tense here.Can I use past simple tense in this same sentence without changing its meaning? Like ...
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“would have” vs “would”

Princess Diana would be 50 this month, if she were here now. Princess Diana would have been 50 this month, if she were here now. Are both "would be" and "would have been" possible here? If ...
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the people who {founded / had founded} the city over 400 years ago

I wore the dress I bought yesterday. Both verbs are in the past simple (same sequence of time). But if I bought the dress 3 years ago, would it be possible to write this: I wore the dress I had ...
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We ever thought before Or, We ever think before?

A - "It doesn't look the way we ever thought before" B - "It doesn't look the way we ever think before" Thought or think: which would be correct grammatically?
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Present Perfect and Past Progressive with wait

Imagine that you're waiting for your friend X and you finally meet him. Is it better to use Past Progressive or Present Perfect here? I've been waiting for you for 5 hours. or I was waiting for ...
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Report what someone said about his habitual affairs

Let's say you read a story and see this sentence: ; and finally he went off on a tangent about how he worked as a carpenter's apprentice for little remuneration and about how he gets itchy cheeks ...
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I have had the opportunity / I have the opportunity

Any difference between the following two sentences: "I have the opportunity to hold an important conference." "I have had the opportunity to hold an important conference."
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Why “What were you doing?”

This is the clip blowing up the elevator from The Matrix (1999). Agent Brown and Agent Jones walk back into the office where Agent Smith is 'questioning' Morpheus. Agent Smith stands up hastily and ...
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The usage of “must be”

I saw a sentence "there might be a new smartphone released this September" in some context, then wondered if I could just replace might by must here, i.e. There must be a new smartphone released ...
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Usage of now and will have. Tense consistency

I have encountered this sentence and I'm getting very confused. From now until Monday, next week, this diner will have a buy-1-get-1 promo on hoagies. On one hand, it says that the promo is ...
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Is past continuous possible with duration?

I’m wondering if it is possible to write: I was standing there for a few minutes when the police cars stopped. and I stood there for a few minutes when the police cars stopped. I think ...
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“I didn't know” or “I haven't known”?

Suppose that in a conversation, our conversational partner just said something completely new to us, and we want to express that we didn't know (or haven't known) about it before. For example, A: ...
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Would you help me with using present perfect? [closed]

Would you tell me what is the difference between sentences of A and B? If what you want to talk about is the nice feeling of being finished buying a new car—"It's done! I have bought a new car! ...
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Continuous and until

Is it possible to use Continuous tenses together with 'until'? For example I will be working until 8 a.m. In my opinion, Continuous sounds pretty logical since we're emphasizing duration, but I'...
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present perfect or past simple

Is it possible to write I have woken up very early today because I don't want to miss my favourite Tv show or I woke up very early today because I don't want to miss my favourite tv show In ...
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“had seen” vs “saw” which is correct and why other not?

Among the below two Which is the correct sentence? He saw me yesterday. Vs. He had seen me yesterday. I know that we use past perfect tense to express an incident whose effect is still present....
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Why is it not past perfect for the word 'left'?

Check this paragraph: I had been working in the garden for an hour when I heard the phone ring. It was Jamie. He was driving down to London on business. I had gone out in the garden when he left, ...
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“I just see” or “I just saw”? (Or neither?)

What’s the big difference between these two? The context is that I saw something, let say a minute ago. I don’t know if the combination of “just” and “saw” works, because “just” means that the ...
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“The front door slid open” grammar explanation

The front door slid open. I am curious about "slid open" in this context. Is "slid" a verb or an adverb? Is "open" a verb or not? Is a "slide open" a phrasal verb like "push open"?
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Would you help me with tenses?

She to a movie tomorrow night. Goes is going Would you tell me which one is correct and why? And, could you tell me which one of the followings are more likely, stronger or sooner? To be going ...
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live or living in some city

They ....................... in Atlanta for more than ten years. Should it be live or living? Which one is correct and why?
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Which tense can we use to explain pictures?

I would like to explain or ask about pictures in a photo album, a book, a magazine a story , a newspaper and so for. But I don’t know which tense I can use to explain about many situations which ...
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“Was in labour for 3 hours” versus “had been in labour for 3 hours”

As a continuation to this question and AlicjaZ's beautifully explained answer, I would like to ask whether there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? She was in labour for 3 ...
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Different tenses for the phrase “kept putting off”

I am wondering what the difference is in meaning between sentences 1, 2, 3 is (just meaning, not grammar) She had always felt that she was missing out on a lot of fun because of her clumsiness ...
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Present perfect simple or past simple with “Over the last years”

"I composed music over the last twelve years, but almost quit for many reasons. So now I just play songs on my guitar". Why doesn't the past tense sound correct with "over the last twelve years"? Is ...
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Past Tense vs Past Continuous Tense

What is the difference between the sentences below? Employees names were not appearing in the pay register when they had negative salary earlier but when we changed their salary to positive they ...
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Difference between (was thinking / thought / have thought / had thought)

Consider the following dialogue: A: I think we should go to China for our holiday this year. B: Sorry, what did you say? I was thinking about my work. If I replaced "was thinking" with "...
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“I am meant for you” - should “am” be used or not?

"I am always meant for you". or "I always meant for you." Should "am" be used or not?
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Realize or Realized? Which one is correct?

is it correct to say, I didn't realize that you were a cop. or I didn't realized that you were a cop.
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“Simple Past” “Past Perfect” “Present perfect”

Please help me to choose the right answer. You and your friend are approaching an old restaurant.. 1) Which is still open and running. You stare at the restaurant and your friend says "what is it"? ...
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“Search term” vs “Searched term”

When might "searched term" be used instead of "search term"? For example, I am a software developer. I have a window in which the results of the search will be displayed. It also displays which term ...
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part of a sentence is missing [closed]

Today I came across a question where some part of a sentence is missing. If she ____ the calibration of the machine she ____ done the experiment. Three options are given as follows: 1. knew, had 2. ...
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couldn't or hasn't been able to

I wonder whether we can use couldn't in this sentence, and if no, why: She misses her family living abroad. She __ visit them for years, but they just got an e-mail account, so now they can keep in ...
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Omitting repeated words like “have”, “has” and “his”

His veins have become distended, muscles tightened, the teeth grown a little like claws, and his face has become rough. This sentence describes what changes in appearance have happened to a person ...
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Omitting “did” and making the verb to past tense

Did Americans invade our country or something? What's happening? Americans invaded our country or something? What's happening? I know the statement one is correct. Is statements like 2 allowed in ...

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