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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our company is only paying

Is is only paying grammatically correct in the following sentence? if you took pictures yesterday, please note that our company is only paying for 1 picture per person. If you need additional ...
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She will have been working vs she will be working

By ten o'clock , she will have been typing for three hours By ten o'clock , she will be typing for three hours First one is Future Perfect Continues Second is Future Continues I cant understand ...
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“He mentioned that time and speeds are critical factors in successful deployment.”

He mentioned that time and speeds are critical factors in successful deployment. Is the above sentence correct or wrong?
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“I wanted to say” is it because the lecturer made this video in the past and the audience necessarily watch the video later?

It sounds like that the lecturer is saying i wanted to say is it because the lecturer made this video in the past and the audience necessarily watch the video later?
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Is this sentence constructed correctly?

I am experienced in and also willing to conduct/conducting fieldwork. I want to express the meaning that I am experienced in conducting fieldwork (in the past), and I am also willing to conduct more ...
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“If There Are” versus “If There Be”

I have begun to understand the subjunctive mood, but I have one question whose answer eludes me notwithstanding the means of the Web: "why do people say 'if there is' and 'if there are' when the ...
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A tense problem about “Before”

Imagine we are at a beach watching a boat coming, and when it is still far away from the beach, it sinks into the water without reaching the land. I want to tell my friend about it. How can I describe ...
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I have eaten lunch at 1 pm

I have eaten lunch at 1 pm Is the sentence a correct statement to say in present perfect tense. Since I have learned the rules in present perfect tense that one should not use specific time ...
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“having soiled” versus “soiling”

He took pictures of his children having soiled their pants. I am wondering if this is the best way to say it. Do we use "having soiled" or do we use "soiling", because soiling seems to imply he ...
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Past Simple or Past Continuous - “make friends”

"While they were travelling abroad, they were making a lot of friends" or "while they were travelling abroad, they made a lot of friends"
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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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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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Can I use present simple instead of present continuous for a temporary but regular thing

Every july she goes to Italy and stays 3 weeks at the "Pizza" hotel Is it possible in this case to use present simple instead of present continuous because it is regular (every) but temporary (3 ...
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What is the correct tense of a verb in a subordinate clause of the if-clause of a conditional sentence?

I would like to know which is the correct one of the two (incomplete) sentences below: a. If we decided to use a genuinely neutral notation in which the symbols did not carry any information, then we ...
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“When” + past simple or “while” + past continuous to introduce “used to”

I was doing grammar exercises with a friend and I tried to make an example, but the tenses got me confused. Here are two possibilities: While we were living in Paris, we used to eat croissants ...
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“Had…been” or “Was…been,” and “would have” or “would had”?

I want to say, if some person was told about the situation before, she wouldn't have reacted that way. So which one seems grammatically correct? Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she ...
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Question regarding subject-verb agreement

Is the following statement correct: Presenting research at various forums and participating in numerous science fairs have introduced me to the world of research communication Or is the italicised ...
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present perfect vs progressive form

I found the sentence below on the Internet. Part of the water reaching the ground infiltrates and percolates down to form the groundwater. Can this be rewritten as follows:? Part of the ...
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The difference between Past Simple vs Past Continuous vs Used to & every day

Which tense should I use if I was on holidays which lasted 2 weeks and during that time I rode a bike every day? It was a great time because I rode a bike every day. It was a great time ...
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When(Where) + past or present?

I don't know whether to choose to use past simple or present simple after when(where). For example: I like the part where he kills the villain. I like the part where he killed the villain. 1 and 2 ...
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About 'I didn't think'

In my exercise book, I have a question as follows: Come on in, Peter, I want to show you something. Oh, how nice of you! I ____ you _____ to bring me a gift. A. didn't think, were going B....
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'so far' with simple past tense?

I am confused with the use of 'so far' wirh simple past tense in the following question. Please explain it to me. What was the best part of your day, so far?
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Is it “The last book that I have read” or “The last book that I read”?

Today we had an assignment where I had to write about the latest book that I read. Is it more correct saying "The last book that I have read" or "The last book that I read" ?. Then, is it correct to ...
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I had an enjoyable night or I have an enjoyable night

When receiving text from a friend the next day after a dinner. I replied "Thank you for your invitation. I had an enjoyable night." Or should I reply "I have an enjoyable night"
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How to answer a question begins with “has”?

Q: Has your daughter come back from Australia? A: Yes. She ____ there for three years. A. has stayed B. stays C. stayed D. had stayed I think the answer is D because "staying ...
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“would” vs “would have” in non conditionals

On the net,I am finding sentences that use "would have" in the present.Isn't this wrong?: We estimate our software can save retailers up to 85 per cent of costs they would have otherwise incurred ...
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Present simple and Past simple: exported or exports?

I have a question that makes me confused for a long time. In the speaking test at school, I said: "India exported the most rice in the world". Then, my teacher said I should use: "India exports the ...
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What is the appropriate tense for factual statements after a stative verb in the past tense?

Assuming that cats are evil (they aren't), which is the correct way of saying this? "I believed that cats are evil." "I believed that cats were evil." My confusion arises because I want to express ...
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Which one sounds more natural?

Which one sounds more natural? She'll be pleased to hear that she can leave hospital tomorrow. She'll be pleased to hear that she is leaving hospital tomorrow.
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is it possible to use 'will' to ask and give info about something that had happened in the past and something that is happening?

my teacher had assigned me the most confusing powerpoint ever. he told me to make a presentation on how to ask and give information about the past, present, and future but using 'will' as the sentence ...
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“have liked”/“have been liking”/“had liked”/“had been liking”

I have liked you since childhood. I have been liking you since childhood. I had liked you since childhood. I had been liking you since childhood. What is the difference between the above sentences?
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Is the participle tense time-neutral?

Is the participle tense time-neutral? I am wondering if it's the case, because these two seem to be grammatically correct. She won the competition after having sung the national Anthem during the ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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Correct tense with reported speech?

From a multiple choice question in my English assignment: He will probably want to know if you A. will have been drinking B. didn't drink C. had drunk D. have been drinking I heard ...
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Would have +past participle/or will

We'd better buy something useful with the money would have spent or /will spend for the wedding party. My question is for you as a native speaker which one you might use and why?
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Question about the tense of “until …” in a object clause

Quite confused about it. Here is a sentence: I was wondering if you could lend me a few dollars until I get paid on Friday. Why is got or would get improper here? Compared with: I said I would go ...
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Do I have to use the past continuous or the past perfect?

I’m working on mixed tenses exercises, and this sentence has confused me! I’d like to know whether my answer is correct or not please. This is the sentence: “For the first eight years, she worked ...
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Would have in hypothetical situation when talking about past

If I am talking about the yesterday's match and I am assuming a hypothetical situation, what should I say: 1.If I was/were/had been the captain of England cricket I would have chosen to bat after ...
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The Day I Realized the Truth (title of the essay)

That was easy. I picked "The Family Hero." Some psychologists also refer to this child as "The Golden Child". This child can do no wrong, is praised by the family and commended no ...
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Present perfect or simple past

Which of the following is correct? It has been two hours since I have left LA. It has been two hours since I left LA. I know everyone will pick 2 but why one is 1 is not correct as we use ...
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“had been to (a place) last year”

I am aware that people speak in past simple tense when they use a finished time words (last year, last month, in 1805, etc.). I also understand that, when the sentence is in present perfect, you ...
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Which one is the correct format?

For my business conversation, which of the following sentence will suit best. "Once I get the design, Let me start development work" OR "Once I got the design, Let me start development work" ...
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“when you do something” or “when you are doing something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. You are bending too much when you are squatting. You bend too much when you squat. The context is a man finishes ...
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Which tense is correct here, past perfect or present perfect?

Was she upset because her uncle (had died / has died) recently? Which tense is correct here, past perfect or present perfect? And also if I changed "was she upset" to "is she upset", does that affect ...
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Which tense is proper? present simple vs. past simple

After reading an article, when I want to mention the writer's opinion, which tense is proper? For example, The writer claims that human right should be protected in the article above. I agree ...
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Is the past and prestent tense correct in this?

I like that you made it a point to bring me food before I started working this morning Or should it be .. I like that you made it a point to bring me food before I start working this morning.
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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ever with past VS past perfect?

However, Sol Elman, the father of violinist Mischa Elman, thought differently. He said, “My dear friends, Kubelik played the Paganini concerto tonight as splendidly as ever he did. Can i change ever ...
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which tense I have to use with the word before

What tense do I need to use with the word before They truly believe that the benefits we obtained are nothing compared with the damage we caused/had caused before.
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...

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