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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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“I won't be attending” or “I won't attend”?

In which cases should these two similar sentences be used (i.e., future progressive vs. future simple)?
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No answer is/was given

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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“were” used as a subjunctive is present or past?

Given the 2 examples below: I wish you were here now If he were in the situation that you've been 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have bothered about it now The word 'were' is used as a subjunctive and my ...
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questions on tense has vs. had

The rumor that she has something to do with the crime turned out true. The rumor that she had something to do with the crime turned out true. Which is correct? If both are correct, is there any ...
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What's the difference between “to have been involved” and “to be involved”?

What's the differences between the following sentences: I'm very proud to have been involved in this project. I'm very proud to be involved in this project. Are they all correct?
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past simple vs. past perfect in the past

I learned that you can use Past simple even if something happened before the statement in the past if you are talking about specific time (such as year, month etc.). But is it possible to say ...
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Mixed type conditional or Type 2/3 conditional?

I'm revising grammar and while reading this I noticed that either "Mixed type conditional" or "Type 2 conditional" speak about the unreal present, and "Type 3 conditional" speaks about unreal past. ...
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Nobody could get in or out before the protests start/started

In this clip of an American talk show, the host says at 18 seconds into the video: At the airport in Los Angeles, there was chaos and confusion. Nobody could get in or out before the protests start ...
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When should I use simple past and when I should use simple past progressive?

When I do homework about tenses especially in simple past and simple past progressive, I got a problem to different the use of each tenses> Example question : It was beautiful day yesterday when ...
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one sentence of “if”

Now, I'm talking about the past, something I'm not quite sure. (not the unreality) At that time, if he took part in the meeting on the next day, maybe he was preparing the speech. Is this ...
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How to identify that it is progressive verb or temporary activity

She is smelling a black rose. (Progressive verb) She is looking at the sky. (Temporary activity) We say that first sentence is a progressive verb but second is a temporary activity. I believe both ...
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verb tense shift allowed when “never” or “ever” is used

(1) I have never been tricked while I was shopping at ABC. (mixed tenses, okay) (2) I have been tricked a few times while I was shopping at ABC. (a tense mismatch, wrong) (3) I was tricked a few ...
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Is this sentence talking about the past or present?

I’m not sure whether this sentence refers to past or present situation: You couldn’t do the job if you didn't speak Japanese fluently.
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“She refuses to pay the fine, and she took the matter to court.” Is the sentence correct with two different tenses?

Is this sentence from an English Learning magazine grammatically correct with two different tenses in one sentence? She refuses to pay the fine, and she took the matter to court. My opinion is she ...
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Am I the receiver or sender?

My friend recently recieved an email about a warning of an attachment might contain virus because of being an executable file. The email is like this; xxx@gmail.com is sent an email contains "...
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What is the difference between simple past tense and present perfect tense here in the paragraph?

an idea After I leave the box and step back into my cage, I get an idea, a good one. I tell Bob he can sneak into my box with me and live at the zoo. “Have you forgotten? I’m a wild ...
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“could” vs “could have been” (past ability)

Anupam Pathak People ask where would AAP get money from to fulfill their promises. Remember that episode on Garbage on Satyamev Jayate where a scientist explained how a work that could have been ...
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Should I use “was” or “is” in the following sentence?

Should I use was or is in this sentence? I asked them if Person X was/is in any way related to or affiliated with their organization at any time. My guess is "at any time" warrants "was". Is this ...
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Should I use Past indefinite tense instead of Past perfect continuos in these sentences?

I had been waiting for you I waited for you we had been sleeping we slept what is main difference between these sentences? And when to use Simple Past and when to use Past Perfect Continuous?
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Error spotting : One who perpetually hesitates which of the two things he will do first will ultimately do neither

Error spotting : One who perpetually hesitates which of the two things he will do first will ultimately do neither One who perpetually hesitates (A) which of the two things he will do first (B) ...
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Can we use past perfect continuous instead of past perfect in this sentence?

He (had delivered) a prisoner to the county jail when he saw a car ahead of him weave across the yellow line .
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Can I use a clause that in the present perfect tense along with a clause that includes “since”?

I wonder if it is correct to use a clause that includes the present perfect tense along with a clause that includes "since." Do you think sentences like the ones below are correct if I am ...
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When we use “would” to express uncertainty, do we use past tense in the noun clause?

I came across the use of would for expressing uncertainty. (Article: https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modal-would.htm) Examples from the article: would for uncertainty (1) He would seem to ...
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verb form - [have had no one to talk to] or [had no one to talk to]

(1) Jack is very sad about losing all his savings. He has had no one to talk to until now. (2) Jack is very sad about losing all his savings. He had no one to talk to until now. Which tense of "...
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“They always went to the bar.” or “They would always go to the bar.”

I'm writing a story. I wanna tell that they(friends) were close and they used to go to the bar frequently. Should I say; They always went to the bar. OR They would always go to the bar.
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What are the differences between these sentences? (to do / to have done)

Do you feel any difference between these two in each pair? (1) (a) Maria was happy to have passed the exam. (b) Maria was happy to pass the exam. (2) (a) Maria is happy to have passed the exam. (b) ...
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I knew I have to play in a different condition - is the sentence grammatically correct?

I knew that in the future I have to play in a tough and different condition. I haven't played in that condition yet. Now if I say to someone today that - 1. I knew I have to play in a different ...
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Tense of 'is named'

What is the grammatical tense in He is named John? Is it some kind of present tense? Maybe some kind of passive valency tense.
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The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Shouldn't it be “had been listening”?

The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Shouldn't it be "had been listening"? The action "the crowd listened" preceded the action "Paul said" and the listening ...
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If I had/have any questions, I'll ask

Someone gave me a document to read. I said: I’ll read it. If I (had/have) any questions, I’ll ask. Reading it will happen in future, and further questions will be asked after the doc is read. Which ...
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“Can be originated” vs “can originate”

While writing the thesis, google docs proposed me to use "can originate" instead of "can be originated". Seriously, is there any difference? I am not a native speaker, that's why I ...
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past or present tense?

I'm wondering whether the boldfaced forms in the follownig should have been changed into the past tense, e.g., "were," "could," and "was." M: How was your stay at the ...
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Past Perfect with dependent clauses

I've read some pages on the Past Perfect and they've left me confused, so I have a few questions: I've been given the impression that the past perfect can't be used in dependent clauses, though I'm ...
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What are the differences between using simple present and present perfect in a before clause?

What are the differences between using simple present and present perfect in a before clause? (1) You can't understand a culture before you learn the language. (2) You can't understand a culture ...
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Past tense or present perfect? “I told Link about you before I even knew” or “ I have told Link about you before I even knew”?

I wish I could blame this on him, but I told Link about you before I even knew.---- from the TV show Grey's Anatomy Present perfect "have told," IMO, should be used rather than the past ...
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“He was hungry because he hadn't eaten anything all day”

He was hungry because he hadn't eaten anything all day (Past Perfect) Her hand was hurting because she had been playing the piano all day (Past Perfect Continuous) If both sentences mention "all ...
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“Message me whenever you thought you needed/need help?”

Message me whenever you thought you needed/need help? What is the exact grammar called? Is it conditional or the conditional would be like “If you thought you needed help...”? Secondly, should it be ...
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“I wish I had never woke up” or “I wish I had never woken up” - which is correct?

I would like to say in Spanish "desearia nunca haberme depertado" but in Google translator it appears like "I wish I had never woke up", is that correct? I thought it was "I ...
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Why not use ‘had’ instead of ‘have’?

Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more. The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken. Even people who take no interest in art cannot have failed to notice examples of modern ...

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