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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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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passing vs having passed

After ______ MA Economics he joined the London School of Economics. I am confused about using "passing" or "having passed"? *Edit - I did some research and from what I gathered, the answer is "...
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What is the difference between “I was there” and “I have been there”?

In our language, the difference between the two sentences is very vague. What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?
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Differences in meaning when the verb tense changes (headlines)

What is the difference between the examples below? Generally, in a newspaper, news is based on past tense (things which have already happened). Then why are headlines written in ways that says: He ...
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“Did” vs. “had done”

Are both these constructions possible to mean the same thing? If I told you how I did it, it wouldn't be a surprise. If I told you how I had done it, it wouldn't be a surprise.
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Should I change “nevertheless” in this sentence? [closed]

For the sentence below could you tell me that I should change nevertheless to however or change lent to had lent or change something else? My sister lent me some money; nevertheless, I couldn't have ...
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Questions in reported speech from direct speech

Direct speech: Do you love me? Reported speech: She asked if I loved her? Or She asked did I love her? Please let me know, which one is a correct answer? Or both are fine. Thanks in ...
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How are you/ how were you?

What is the difference between How are you and How were you. Which is more appropriate to use?
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“would prefer to have” v. “would have preferred to”

I would prefer to have traveled by train. I would have preferred to travel by train. My textbook says that these sentences have the same meaning. But I have a feeling that the first sentence shows ...
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Difference between “is added” and “was added”

I need to know the meaning and tense of these sentences: (A) "This feature is added to the last version." (B) "This feature was added to the last version." I can't understand the ...
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What is the right tense for this?

Kids Woke up late and dad had or has? hangover from last night. Question. What tense should I use? HAD or Has for this sentence. Thanks
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“more than pack” or “more than packing”

A sugar study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds sugar does more than just pack on the pounds. From the dictionary, I know that pack on the pounds means to gain ...
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“Is” vs “has been” in English

What is the difference in meaning in these two sentences? He is appointed as Manager. and He has been appointed as Manager. Similarly, what is the difference between these two sentences? ...
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Simple present tense VS present perfect tense [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? a) Amount has been paid to you as basic salary. b) Amount is paid to you as basic salary. Further to my query A) He is appointed as Deputy ...
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Talking about the same day

I want to tell someone about the same day [current day]. For instance: I've worked out at the gym 2 hours ago and feel good as a result [now]. Now I'm listening to music and surfing the Internet. ...
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Use of “have had” in a conditional sentence

If women have had to bear the consequences of changing gender equations, men have been through a confusing time too. Why does this sentence use “have had”? Can I rewrite above sentence without have?...
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The simple past tense vs. the simple present tense

Historians have long been puzzled by dots, lines and symbols which have been engraved on walls, bones, and the ivory tusks of mammoths. The nomads who made these markings lived by hunting and fishing ...
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why “was” is used in Perfect past tense?

I have query that i have seen many sentences that uses Past Participle after "was". But i am little bit confused with Past continuous and Past perfect Tense. Can anyone tell me the difference?
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How to parse the tense of the sentence in bold?

(1.1)She turned up at the doorstep of my house in Cornwall. (1.2)No way could I have sent her away.(1.3)No way, not me anyway. (1.4)Maybe someone had kicked her out of their car the night before. (...
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“All I could recall beyond that was”

Say, a person posts a topic in a forum, asking for an appropriate English word to be used in a particular context. I reply with one that seemed fitting to me, and add: "All I could recall beyond ...
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“would not have been happened” vs “would have not been happened”

Can you please explain me the difference in meanings between these two sentences? This would not have been happened if you were not there at that time. This would have not been happened if you ...
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Past or present tense and why

I was watching the Golden Globes when Bryan Cranston won the Best Actor award. I then said " there is no one who deserved it more". Should I have said " there WAS no one who deserved it more"? Are ...
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What does “yet” at the end of a sentence mean?

I booked a room on a website and want to make sure the room is non-smoking. Therefore I wrote an email to the hotel yesterday and they replied me today: Regarding your reservation, we change your ...
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What's the time reference for this would?

A lamp flickered on. It was Hermione Granger, wearing a pink bathrobe and a frown. "You!" said Ron furiously. "Go back to bed!" "I almost told your brother," Hermione snapped, "Percy ––...
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Why use “ing” in word playing?

Why is -ing used in this sentence in the word Playing and participating?. The tense in this sentence is not present continuous,so why use -ing? Our youngest kids needed athletic shoes for playing ...
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Past or present tense for something that happened in the past as a lesson to me?

Shall I use past or present tense in the following: I was too late to catch the deadline for something. Some lesson for me (was or is) that I should have done it sooner. I am hesitant to use "was",...
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“interested” or “interesting” in this context

I am writing this context: Dear Mr. XXX. I am XXX from Italy. I am applying for XXXXX. I am very interested in the Master program "MA in Business computer science", which its subject code ...
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Why is the present simple tense used for an event that is in the future?

I would like to know the difference between "be going to," the present continuous, and the present simple. We use one of them when we talk about future, but I can't differentiate them. For example: ...
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Appropriate word for previous and previous to previous

i have worked for 2 companies named Y and Z and currently working with X company.How i can pass this information to other in English - (1) My current company is X. (2) My previous company was Y. (...
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Perfect continuous tense with 'for' or without 'for'?

For example, I have two sentences: Have you been waiting long? or Have you been waiting for long? I read both sentences in my grammar book. But I am unable to get which is correct in which ...
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How to use the past perfect tense with 'until'

Which one is correct? (Or both of them are?) I did not understand until you had explained. I had not understood until you explained. Also, We did not disturb him until he had finished his job....
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Which tense should we use in telling a story of any movie?

One of my friends good at English suggested that better storytelling of a movie be in conditional modal verb 'would' over present tense 'is'. Having said that... The hero would be a salesperson ...
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Is it grammatically normal or acceptable to use the present tense while saying something in the past?

I am watching Breaking Bad on my computer, a somewhat "dated" TV series. Now I am at senson 4, the 10th episode, when Mr white is there talking to his son about his childhood memories of his father'...
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Is this did agreed with previous remoteness or independent from it?

"There, there, get up, child," she said heartily. "Of course I forgive you. I guess I was a little too hard on you, anyway. But I'm such an outspoken person. You just mustn't mind me, ...
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Usage of mixed conditionals - past/present

The thing I don't understand about mixed conditionals is this example from my book: A. “If Anna were here, she would've known what to do.” (but Anna's not here, so she can't help us.) It says ...
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“Have you met her before” OR “are/were you met her before”

Have you met her before Are/were you met her before Which one is correct? If both are correct then in which situations should they be used?
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Learning English conditionals & tenses through proverbs & quotes

Without meaningful practice and with little time I keep forgetting the conditionals, but it came to my mind after reflecting on the way I learn English that it would be a great idea if I could ...
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Which tense should I use in “Roger told me that you { have / had } a pen”?

Should I say: Roger told me that you have a pen. OR Roger told me that you had a pen. Assume I talked to Roger a few hours ago.
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Is “had been reached since” proper usage?

A quote from The Guardian: Last year, a paper in Nature co-authored by Sir David King, the UK government's former chief scientific adviser and currently the government's climate change envoy, ...
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Present / past tenses in Passive voice

Situation: somebody invited me to the party. I can say: I am / was invited to the party. What is the difference between these two tenses? I understand it this way: am: invited here is more of an ...
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Does 'will have p.p' include futurity, only when added time adjunct?

[i] If he had stayed in the army he would have become a colonel. [remote] [ii] If he stayed in the army he will have become a colonel. [open] In [ii] the possible staying in the army and the ...
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perfect tense whose reference time is future

“It just doesn’t seem fair,” Eve said. “It was the other driver’s fault.” “If it was anybody’s fault,” Denny said, “it was mine for being where I could get collected.” This is something I’d heard him ...
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“I'm writing my CV now.” versus “I write my CV.”

I'm currently sitting at my desk and want to write on a social network that I'm writing my CV. How must I write this message? I'm writing my CV now. or I write my CV.
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Meaning: Reference time is not expressed in remote interpretation?

Hereafter, TO = time of orientation (reference time). [i] He said I could win if I really tried. [open conditional interpretation] [ii] He knew he would be in trouble if they were to check his ...
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“you smiled to see it”

He shook his head. “No. You were forced to wed him. I’ve seen your aunt bully you. She made you do it.”     Deirdre laughed shortly. “You cretin, I proposed to him!” She wiped ...
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Is this correct… “Every time I will listen to this song, I will remember you.”

Is this correct... "Every time I will listen to this song, I will remember you." It's just that using will twice sounds awkward to me.
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perfect and non-perfect in a verb phrase

Today's Melbourne Cup has been couched in terms of Australia versus the rest. There's a big field of overseas horses and they rate well but soon all the punting and best guesses will have paid off or ...

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