Questions tagged [tense]

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Why is it a present sense in the sub-clause, not the same past tense as in main-clause?

American Airlines confirmed that it would slash 19,000 jobs in October, when the requirement to retain staff ends under the conditions of the federal bail-out of the aviation industry. The government ...
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A tense problem about an auto reply model

I want to set an auto reply model when I'm holding an online chat room and dealing with some other things. Which of the following is correct: If I didn't say hi, it means I am working. If I haven't ...
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how do you express habits by using past tenses?

what's the difference between these two sentences: 1- I played football for 3 years 2- I was playing football for 3 years
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Does the tense match?“Even though + present tense, past tense”?

Can I say "Even though my friend does not like traveling, she introduced me a very useful travel App when I had a headache to find one."? Or should I say "Even though my friend did not ...
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“to be reading” vs. “to read”

I understand the explanation in an ell post about "want to be reading", though I guess this is a different context. From a tutorial it is fairly important because some of you may have used ...
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Present perfect with “from”

I was wondering if it was better to say "I learned" or "I have learned to play the guitar from an early age"?
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future tense definition

does 'future indefinite' means an action in future which does not have any definite time? If I say, 'I will come at 10.00 am.' Is it correct? As I added a time which makes the sentence definite. 'I ...
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Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple in one sentence?

Actually I have two questions: Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple together in the sentence: 'He looked stunned when he realized that she lives here'?! I know about Sequence of tenses but I'm ...
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Which verb form is correct?

What I'm trying to convey is that there is a screen in an app, which is supposed to show jobs, but is not showing them. Is this sentence correct: The jobs screen for customers does not show jobs or ...
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“It turns out” vs. “It turned out”

One of my friends asked me about another friend Jim yesterday, I said Jim thought he could get a promotion this year, Jim did his best to get the promotion. It turned out he didn't make it, as his ...
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Can I mix present and past simple tenses in one sentence?

Is it appropriate in my example to mix past and present tenses? While the vast majority of people are still convinced that having breakfast is crucial to remain healthy, some recent studies have ...
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How long is it? Vs How long has it been?

1). How long is it since you were in London? 2). How long has it been since you were in London? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Has Been usage in different contenxts

Patanjali Ayurveda’s claimed cure for Covid-19 has been criticised for making unsubstantiated claims of efficacy. What does this mean? It was criticised some time back and that effect is still there ...
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which tense is correct for “wish”?

I thought by myself I (wish\wished) never had I started that match. 1- In the above sentence, which tense is correct for "wish"? 2- Instead of "I thought by myself", what another ...
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Being Vs Been in a sentence

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and are there any grammatical rules for that? (1) Wine is being made in Italy for thousands of years. (2) Wine has been made in Italy for thousands of ...
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“don't know of” vs. “haven't known of”

Two friends are talking about movies. A: "LEFT BEHIND is a really bad movie. I never watched in its entirety." B: "I don't even know of that movie!" or should B say this way B: ...
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Which one is correct? Is or Was?

Yesterday he told me he was gonna become a singer. Yesterday he told me he is gonna become a singer. Since what he told me is definitely going to happen in near future, then is it "is" or &...
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“There has not been a day when I didn't/don't think about you.”. I am confused what should I use ' didn't or don't'?

I am confused whether I should use "didn't" or "don't" in the following sentence. There has not been a day when I didn't/don't think about you.
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Fill in the blanks with words given within parentheses by applying appropriate tenses

Fill in the blanks with words given within parentheses by applying appropriate tenses : Yesterday while I _________ (travel) in a bus, I _______ (happen) to see a gentleman whom at first I _______ (...
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Is this correct and good way to express?

I am off to work on my Monday morning as I was at my brother's wedding. I will resume work on Tuesday. How about this way? I attended my brother's wedding yesterday, and I am on the way to my home ...
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“They told me to come tomorrow?”

I'd like you to help me with this simple question. I want to know if the question is correct, I do also would like to know what tense is used in it. Thanks for helping me.
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“when we are referring to” vs. “when we refer to”

From English Grammar Today on Cambridge Dictionary We don’t use "the" with plural nouns when we are referring to things in general ... I guess I understand the meaning of the whole ...
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A question regarding “might have been”

Dear fellow learners and teachers, When I was going through a book a sentence caught my eye, and it goes like this: I guess it might have been Jasmine who stole that necklace. The question is, can ...
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Should I use present continuous or present simple tense here to describe an action in a video?

I'm trying to describe how does the guy juggle his football At 1:19, he's holding the ball, and then drop it freely down to his foot Should I use present continuous or present simple tense here?
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Why do we use “used to” to form a past tense?

To propose a deed happening in the past, we can exercise the past form of the verb for that action or state. I know one of the usages of "used to" is for the construction of a past sentence. How ...
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Can the present perfect continuous say anything about the future?

The present perfect continuous is a tense that relates a past action to the present, but does it say anything about the future? I have read that the present perfect continuous often suggests that ...
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would have done

In the following dialogue, why did Tom use the tense "would have made"? Can we say "would make" or other tense instead? Ann: So what time should we pick you up on Friday? Can you be ready by noon ...
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I have done something since 2018. (present perfect with SINCE)

I have three sentences below. Does the first and second sentences mean this state of being a member or living continues up to now? I started to be a member of XXX Club in 2018, and now I am still a ...
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past perfect tense vs past tense usage

I am sorry that you left your book in the library when you came here last time. I am sorry that you had left your book in the library when you came here last time. My grammar book is saying that ...
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Why did the author use present tense in this sentence, when it seems like it should be past tense?

I am learning English through self-study, and nowadays I am trying to improve my English grammar. Sometimes I can't find out why the writers use specific tense instead the other. As you know, books ...
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Function of Past Perfect in this excerpt

The following text is an excerpt from Roald Dahl's "The Minpins". I highlighted bold all occurrences of Past Perfect in it. I find it confusing to find "the next moment" directly in front of a Past ...
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“Forced” or “Was forced”

I am wondering which option is the correct one in my made-up scenario below and why? Tom: I really didn't want to take part in this ceremony; I just came because my wife asked me! Everybody knows ...
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I shouldn't think she did/does?

Why is the following sentence correct grammatically? "Do you think she likes you?" --- "Well, no, I shouldn't think she did." (Lawrence, Women in Love) I think this sentence should be like this: ...
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A question about tenses and quantifiers

I have done all my homework = There is no more homework to be done. I am tired because i have done a lot of homework. "a lot" is a quantity, which requires present perfect simple. Is it possible to ...
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A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now you answer: “I didn't get it”, “I don't get it”, or “I haven't got it”?

A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now what would you answered: "I didn't get it", "I don't get it", or "I haven't got it"? I think "I haven't got it" is the ...
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“Destroying of world” or “Destroying world”?

For meaning like "world destroying" or "destruction of world". What form should be used? What are their names, because in grammar rules of participle tense forms there are absolutely different ...
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Cohesion in tenses in Relative and Main clauses

I have a chart which illustrates the unemployment rates of five different countries in 2005, and I need to write a report about this chart. Which one of the following sentences is the correct one ? ...
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“would probably be” or “would be probably”?

In my other question ("The question is that" vs. "The question is") I said I guess the 3rd way ... would be probably grammatical and idiomatic. where I used "would be probably",...
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mixing simple present with present progressive

The children sit on the sofa, watching TV. Their mom watches too. Is it weird or normal to write "watches" in the example above when I have just used "watching"?
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present perfect and present continuous in one sentence

The present perfect and present continuous are a little bit challenging for me. Here: How are you feeling today? I hope you have fully recovered and you are having a good start of the week. If ...
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Do people really use the grammar “Past Perfect+Past Simple”?

Grammar books say when something happens before something else, we should use had+past particle in the sentence that happened at first and then say the second sentence in past tense. Do people use it ...
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Why do these “while” and “when” parallel questions have definite answers (when both past or continuous is correct)?

I am teaching a junior high school student at home in Japan and I just picked basketball worksheets to pique his interest but didn't look at them hard. The answers are bolded in the questions below. ...
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The perfect form after modal verbs

Which are correct? Who do you think was the murderer in the story? 1) I think Ben would be the murderer. 2) I think Ben would have been the murderer. 3) Ben would be the murderer. 4) Ben would ...
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problem with continuous

I can't understand why it's present continuous in this sentence: I never call my friends if I'm driving a car Why we can't just say - if I drive a car? what's the difference?
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when I check a condition what tense should I use?

this post (https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/did-you-finish-vs-have-you-finished.1189126/) gives these explanations about present perfect and simple past. past ---->now = have you finished? ...
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What verb tenses should I use with enumeration?

I have the following sentence. All of the actions described I've performed today. I've paid a visit, played chess, drank an espresso and bought a couple of souvenirs. My first tense is present ...
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are just trying too

In the tenses below correct? I got it from here: https://youtu.be/iyAQlDDp1mo?t=211 They are just trying to provide fodder for more debate during the elections. If yes, does it mean the activity ...
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Question for friend

Which one is grammatically sound? The vote on the bill will be taking place on Thursday and most people think it is an easy government win. OR The vote on the bill will be taking place on ...
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past vs a longer past

The platform was built in the past (say 1 week ago), and project was developed in a longer past (say 1 year ago), is the following usage of tenses correct: The platform that we eventually built did ...
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“documents you sent me” or “documents that you have sent me”

Which is the correct sentence? I filled out the documents you sent me. OR I filled out the documents that you have sent me. Could somebody explain me why first or second sentence is correct?

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