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

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Past tense: learned/learnt, dreamed/dreamt?

In my very first question, Carlo made an edit stating that learnt is a rare past tense of learn. I am accustomed to using learnt for past tense and learned as an adjective (as in He is a learned ...
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Confusion with Had+forget

I am confused about the usage of "had" along with "forget". Let's take some serious example. People usually took bath in rivers. Now, they've changed their tradition. I mean, they're bathing in ...
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Meaning of progressive: “were seeing” vs “saw”

(1) We still saw each other a couple of times a month. (MacMillandictionary.com) * I changed the verb 'saw' from 'see' (2) They were seeing so much of each other, he was almost one of the ...
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Tense choice problem

I have to go to sleep because I have a class [-----] at 7:30 A.M. In the above sentence, which of the following fits correctly in the blank, and why? begin begins is beginning began
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Reasons for these two past perfect tenses

I had once vowed that I would never call her aunt again: I thought it no sin to forget and break that vow now. My fingers had fastened on her hand which lay outside the sheet: had she pressed ...
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“Your mail is received.” or “Your mail was received.”?

I'm looking for the right subject for my email autoresponder. Your mail is received. Your mail was received. Which one is correct or more acceptable?
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Where is your mobile phone?

When a person is taking an examination which prohibits anyone to take a mobile phone or any other recording devices, examiners often ask the question, where is your mobile phone? To answer this ...
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How many was it or is it

And here comes another of my question from chat discussions :P We were discussing some tv series, and I recommended a particular series which ended with just two seasons in 2011. Now, his next ...
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Present perfect in a past-tense context

Presently I heard Pilot bark far below, out of his distant kennel in the courtyard: hope revived. Nor was it unwarranted: in five minutes more the grating key, the yielding lock, warned me my watch ...
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What to use after “to think”

I have to translate a sentence and I'm checking some options. Can you tell me which one is correct? The contest is more or less this one: "If I wear this t-shirt..." Do you think it will suite me? ...
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Using the future tense in a sentence containing a dependent clause starting with “when”

Which of the following sentences is correct? When we know what she decides, we will see what to do. When we will know what she decides, we see what to do. When we will know what she decides, ...
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past tense or present perfect at the time of speaking

My friend asked me about a person I never met in my life. Should I say "I have never met him in my life." or "I never met him in my life."?
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Construction of future tense with 'when'

Consider this expression This knowledge will come handy, when I am going to go there this summer. This knowledge will come handy when I go there this summer. I would like to know if the previous ...
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Differences between “has started taking”, “has been taking”, “has taken” and “took”

Can anybody explain the meaning of these sentences? He has started taking antidepressants. He has been taking antidepressants. He has taken antidepressants. He took antidepressants.
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Why is the past perfect is used in this sentence?

Uncle Vernon said sharply, “Don't touch anything he gives you, Dudley.” The giant chuckled darkly. “Yer great puddin’ of a son don’ need fattenin’ anymore, Dursley, don’ worry." He ...
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When should I use “is” and when “was”?

I have worked in 3 companies, and I want to tell my friend about my first company. Should I say "My first company is abcd." or "My first company was abcd."?
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what is the meaning of the two sentences

Flowers are planted in the garden. [planted: past participle, past tense of plant] Flowers are planting in the garden. [planting: present participle of plant] What is the meaning of the above two ...
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The way to describe something

I have drafted an idea in different ways. For this type of case, is there any rule of thumb to be followed? For each intersecting pair of polygons, break lines are extracted. Break lines ...
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When I Should use “up” in sentences

1 - "I picked up my phone and called up my friend". 2 - "I went up and got myself registered". 3 - "Early in the morning we got up" I never know when to use the term &...
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Tense to use for a past event that is still relevant at the present time

My English grammar book (English Grammar, David Daniels & Barbara Daniels) describes the perfect tenses as follows: The perfect tenses are used to describe how an event in the present, past or ...
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Should I use “is” or “was”?

Which one do I have to use? I got to know it was a self-help book. or I got to know it is a self-help book. Which sentence is correct? Note: The book is/was a self-help book when I was ...
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Which tense is being used in 'it is moved from location A to B'?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? It is moved from location A to B. If yes, then which tense is being used here? I'm not sure if a past tense can be followed by is.
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modal + perfect tense

“To speak truth, sir, I don’t understand you at all; I cannot keep up the conversation, because it has got out of my depth. Only one thing, I know: you said you were not as good as you should ...
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tense combined present with past

If I were her, I would have killed him months ago. [englishforum] A person asks whether the expression can be acceptable. In my mother tongue, that also can be a way of saying. In English, is it a ...
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When should we use “been” with past participle?

I've seen Software has been installed many times on my machine. Why do they use "been" with a past participle? They can simply say Software has installed.
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“I look forward” or “I'm looking forward”?

Which should I say: I'm looking forward to our meeting. or I look forward to our meeting.
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What's wrong in this sentence?

We thought he is planning to go on vacation after the first of the month. I think thought is incorrect because the sequence of tense. Is my reason correct?
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Does “could point out” = “could have pointed out”?

. . . ,though it [a strange laugh] originated but in one [chamber], and I could have pointed out the door whence the accents issued. (Jane Eyre) When I re-write the sentence: - and I could point ...
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He {would be / would have been} about twenty when he crossed the Pacific

He would be about twenty when he crossed the Pacific on a yacht alone. (From a Korean English grammar textbook) If I re-write the sentence above in this way He would have been about twenty when ...
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Tenses: future, past, and simple present

Susan is at the factory now. She came to the factory by bus, but she will go home by car. Do these sentences use the tenses correctly?
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“I 'will'/'would' wager he 'has heard'/'will have heard' I have dismissed”

“I will wager he has heard I have dismissed the duke and the comte. He thinks he has me, and because he does, he has dared to ignore me. Oh, I just hate his arrogance!” She stamped her foot ...
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What is the meaning of “I would not now have exchanged” in this sentence?

That night, on going to bed, I forgot to prepare in imagination the Barmecide supper of hot roast potatoes, or white bread and new milk, with which I was wont to amuse my inward cravings: I feasted ...
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Is this past perfect tense put because of the previous tense?

He dashed back across the road, hurried up to his office, snapped at his secretary not to disturb him, seized his telephone, and had almost finished dialing his home number when he changed his ...
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Does this past perfect tense imply regret?

Harry was remembering his trip to Diagon Alley - how could he have been so stupid? It was on the corner of the street that he noticed the first sign of something peculiar - a cat reading a map. For a ...
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“Has shown to provide significant performance gain”

This is the correct version on the text. Method A has shown to provide a significant performance gain for method B in a general dataset. However there is a possibility that method A could decrease ...
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Should I always use the perfect present, when the sentence uses “never”?

In my English classes, I was taught that never should not be used with past forms, only with present perfect forms; this is also what I read in a grammar book I bought some years ago. (I bought the ...
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What does this perfect tense intend to say?

Quirrell's voice trailed away. Harry was remembering his trip to Diagon Alley - how could he have been so stupid? He'd seen Quirrell there that very day, shaken hands with him in the Leaky Cauldron. (...
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I'm born or I was born, which one to use

Should I say I'm born in or I was born in? Can I say I'm born in Paris in 1900, or should I say I was born in Paris in 1990?
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What is the proper use of the present progressive form, especially of “to have”?

When I read @ctype.h's question 'Is "I am having a code" grammatically correct?', I thought that @Mark Beadles brought up a good point: This is two questions, though you may not realize it. ...
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Hoping something for the future

When you want to say that you hope or expect that something happens to someone, but in some moment in the future, what sentence is the right one: I hope your holidays will be great. I hope that ...
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Is “I >am having< a code which … ” acceptable?

On StackOverflow I often see this: I’m having a code which (does such and such, followed by a fragment of code) Is I am having a code grammatically correct? I think it is incorrect, and that it ...
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Is this rule “If” specific?

When I was in High School, I read a rule, that was tricky, and I still remember. The rule is: If something has happened but we wish it happened the other way by using "if", we should change the was/...
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Tense used when describing the object of a past tense action

I want to join the following two sentences into one sentence, and I'm not sure what tense to use. I joined a site. The site is focused on learning English. Should I use present tense for ...
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When should I use “didn't” instead of “haven't”?

Is haven't supposed to mean something I may still do and didn't not? Can I use didn't for something I might still do?

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