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For questions about verb tense in sentences where the timing of events makes it difficult to know the correct tense to choose.

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“This year” or “By the end of this year”

I'm studying the future perfect and the future perfect continuous and I'm struggling with the time expressions. In both tenses, a future time reference is used to imply before that time an action will ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Present/Past perfect with 'Recent'/'Yesterday'

Which sentence is correct? Recently they have watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about it. Recently they had watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about ...
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Why is past simple used in this sentence when it happened before?

Philippe Siegfried called me one day in February to announce that he had unpublished titles of his group PANORAMAS. It was Emmanuelle Jean-Luc Taccard's wife (LUCAS TROUBLE, TANGO LÜGER ...) who ...
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How long vs. How much time

Yesterday, I bumped into a friend of mine. While conversing, he told me that he goes to a center. Then I asked him which center do you go? (to. Should I add "to" or not?) then he told me the name of ...
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After something (is done/has been done) something else (will) happen [closed]

Which of these sentences are grammatically correct? After this code is compiled you get the next HTML. After this code is compiled you will get the next HTML. After this code has been ...
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Future in the past + adverbial clauses which indicate time or condition

I've seen the following examples in my textbook so far. He said that his son would graduate from college next spring. He said that he might come tomorrow. I wonder that if a clause which ...
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Using “from” and “already” in the Past Simple

From the very first lesson, she already surprised my quite a lot by how quickly she could do simple addition problems. And later, she has never stopped surprising me by other, even more ...
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If “I read the book in five minutes” is to duration, what is “I read the book five minutes ago?”

If duration is the general term for the class of words that reference the time difference between now and the future when an event is finished (i.e. I read the book in five minutes), what is the ...
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“From 4 years out” meaning

I was listening to NPR where Michele Krebs the executive analyst of autotrader came on to be interviewed on "How the auto industry is reacting to the tentative US-Mexico trade deal". The program was ...
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How to describe sequence in the past?

I can't describe it well so I'm going to tell you a sequence so that you can understand me and complete this sequence: Next bill --> current bill --> the last/previous bill --> the bill before ...
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Can we said “last morning”?

Normally we'll use last night when we're talking about yesterday's night, but how about yesterday's morning? Why can't we use last morning so as afternoon? Just like last weekend, last Friday, last ...
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Future tense - I would be available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I will be available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April. or I am available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April.
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“past year” vs “last year” vs "previous year'?

Are there any semantic or grammatical between "past year" vs "last year" vs "previous year'? Are they similar from the definite article point of view? (last year vs the last year). I know that when ...
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The origin of “yogurt” __is/was__ from Turkish

The origin of "yorgurt" is/was from Turkish. Which is correct between is and was in the above sentence? I am very confused about this matter. When only focused on the geography, I feel that stating ...
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using perfect tense before “before”

He abided by all the rules that were explained to him before the programme. He abided by all the rules that had been explained to him before the programme. What is the difference b/w the two ...
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During that time I saw or I have seen

I (see) ___________ Judy for more than five years and during that time I _______ (see) many changes in her personality. My solution was I have been seeing Judy for more than five years and ...
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'All week, all the time, all day' time markers

I have locked up the internet to find an answer to my question by unfortunately I did not find a clear answer. So my question is: Are these time markers used for particular tenses (e.g: Past ...
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present perfect and today

In the sentence "I have been to school today" I don`t understand the use of present perfect, because the state of being at school is over for that day, I am no longer at school. Why not say I went to ...
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Present Simple Tense with For

Is it grammatically correct or colloquial to use "for" with present simple tense as in the following examples : I do this business for ten years. I teach Math for five years. I run this ...
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We were sleeping or we had been sleeping

Yestarday we were sleeping till 10 a.m. Or Yestarday we had been sleeping till 10 a.m How should I say this
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Does “are previously proposed” make sense in this sentence? [closed]

Does this sentence make sense considering that it is in the present tense and the presence of previously in it? Is there a better sentence for it? Plenty of solutions are previously proposed to ...
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using V-ing after When

Actually I'm doing a Grammar exercise that require me to identify mistake in a sentence. Here's the sentence: (A)When hearing the weather forecast, we decide (B)not to go camping (C)in the (D) ...
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I arrived in NYC on August 18, 2017 or I arrived on August 18, 2017 in nyc

I arrived in NYC on August 18, 2017 or I arrived on August 18, 2017 in NYC in English language one puts date of arrival before place of arrival, or the other way around?
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“in” or “for” as indicators of time in sentences with fronted objects

Which preposition is correct? These pictures she painted for a month. These pictures she painted in a month.
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In\On the 59th minute?

From Longman Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (surprisingly poorly edited, BTW): In the 59th minute Van Den Hornet conjured up a magnificent goal that brought his team to victory. Had I not already read that ...
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Last vs last for with time

In the Moscow aeroexpress train to Domodedovo airport I heard an announcement, "The trip will last for 45 minutes" and I wonder if for is optional in announcements. Is it said the same way in London ...
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“in the morning” could mean “tomorrow morning”, but what about “in the afternoon / evening”?

This site says: If something will happen during the morning of the next day, you can say that it will happen tomorrow morning or in the morning. I've got to go to work tomorrow morning = I'...
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Two thousand seventeen VS twenty seventeen: What is the rule for year pronunciation?

When I started learning English in junior school I was told that I had to pronounce the year 1997 nineteen ninety-seven and the year 2007 two thousand seven. I've always followed the rule and ...
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A question from test: choose one of then, since, after, that

Here is a question from a test: It was only ten years ago ... she started her new job then since after that As far as I remember, the correct answer is "that" (fourth one), but I ...
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To now or From now

Please have a look at the following construction. I would like to get this over and done with as soon as possible, so please put me down for the closest time to now/from now. So basically, I want to ...
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During the past week

Please look at the following and tell me what the difference between them is During the past week, Chris has answered the phone. During the past week, Chris answered the phone. When I say "during ...
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Past or present tense in sentences regarding thoughts

I am confused in using tenses in sentences regarding thoughts: I thought that it was interesting. or I thought that it is interesting. Which sentence out of these two is correct and why?
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“came” or “comes” in the “when” block of the future perfect continuous in the past

In some Russian book about the English grammar I have read the example of the sentence for the future perfect continuous in the past: I said that I should have been writing a letter for an hour ...
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The Present Perfect when talking about the future

Here is the piece from a video game. An authoress is going to write a book series called The Doomstones. The local newspaper, the Courier, interviews her. She assured the Courier that she will fill ...