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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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Should I say "coming week" when it is weekend?

Today is Saturday and the date is May 8th. I want to say I'm available at 3 PM for all the days for the coming working days. That is for the date May 10 - May 14. Should I say: "I am available at ...
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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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Which tense is better in a timeline? "2001: establishment of an R&D center" vs. "2001: establishing an R&D center"

Imagine that we have a corporate website with a timeline of the company's history: 2003: Construction of a finished dosage forms plant 2004: Establishment of an R&D center at the Moscow ...
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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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"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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Prepositional Phrases used as Noun Phrases?

The country’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the ban was illegal, and gave the Knesset, or parliament, until March 1st to amend the law to allow gay couples to commission surrogacies domestically. ...
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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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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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"I cleaned the carpet for 3 hours" - simple past tense vs present perfect

I want to talk about an action that happened three years ago, and the action took 3 hours. I cleaned the carpet for 3 hours. Can I use "for" with simple past tense to talk about the ...
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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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Christmas came three days early to felons [duplicate]

Which is correct? "Christmas came three days early to felons" or "Christmas came three days earlier to felons"? The wave of corrupt presidential pardons began Wednesday. Christmas ...
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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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just at the time that I dated my creation

The following sentence is from Frankenstein. Does the boldfaced prepositional phrase describe the time at which the speaker was seized with the nervous fever, or the time at which he remembered the ...
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I had been practicing or I practiced

I've always used 'had been' in conditionals but today I was talking with a friend online and before logging in I practiced speaking English with myself for 30 minutes. So I said: "I had been ...
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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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The present perfect when talking about the future

Here is a piece from a video game. A writer is planning to start a book series called The Paths of the Doomstones. A correspondent of the local newspaper, the Courier, is interviewing her. She ...
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Can you say "it's ten o'clock p.m."?

This might be a question of individual style, but it still bothers me: The words in the title are part of the lyrics of swiss singer Jael Malli in her song "Driving with You" on her album ...
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from time without end time

I would like to appreciate all reviewers of our paper. We submitted our paper two times and I would point to reviewers of both submissions and revise. If I say from the first submission does it have ...
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Inexact time periods (with the first point being known)

I wonder how English-speaking people can describe time periods in this particular case. The amount of work to be done is big and will surely take three days but how many days after it is not known. ...
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Less + Ago meaning

Due to an argument with a friend, can you please share with your thoughts about the meaning of the next sentence? Could you please add an example with time period, i will really appreciate it: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does "in any conscious or dishonest way" refer to the former statement?

Does "in any conscious or dishonest way" refer to the former statement? i mean. refer to "i have observed many.." In speaking of Miss Kate Fox, Professor Crookes says: "I have ...
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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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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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Have you seen Jane this morning? (meaning: this morning)

I have a question about the present perfect. A: Have you seen Jane this morning? (said in the morning) B: Yes, I have. I saw her an hour ago. Here, does "this morning" mean "from the early ...
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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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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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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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You can't be tweeting photos

"You can't be tweeting silly pictures of your grandfather like this. He is a respectable man." Please note that I made this sentence up so there might be mistakes. My question is about 'you ...
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¨wish + the next day¨

I wished I would have handed in the exam the next day. ( = But I did not, I regretted not having handed in the exam the next day. ); For a start, is this sentence both grammatically and pragmatically ...
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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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"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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"It will be Ann’s birthday on Saturday." & "It is Ann’s birthday on Saturday."

Are these sentences correct? Have they got the same meaning and similar usage? It will be Ann’s birthday on Saturday. It is Ann’s birthday on Saturday.
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Use of "will be" with time clause

Can we use future form in below sentence? There is 'after' which indicates time clause (as far as I know present simple or present perfect should be used instead of future in such case) so can I use ...
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Time clauses and present perfect progressive

I have found a rule that we cannot use future forms when using time clauses including expressions such as: while, before, after, until/till, as, once, as soon as, as long as, by the time Does this ...
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Can you deliver it [when,after] it [is | will be] assembled?

Right now we are assembling a device. I am asking another person if he is can deliver it [after/when] we finish. What question construction is the most correct? Can you deliver it after it is ...
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Using Present Perfect tense after "when" to reference the future

Imagine I registered on a web store and bought a subscription in order to sell some stuff. I want to ask what happens to the items I have listed on the store when my subscription expires. I made up ...
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"ago" used with a past tense

Alice: "I moved to Rome four years ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Alice: "I moved to Rome long ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Would ...
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Grammaticality and past perfect tense

Let's say there are two summers. Summer of 2012, summer of 2011. And summer of 2012 was bad time, whereas the summer of 2012 is the best summer I've had. Now, if I put it this way. "I knew that ...
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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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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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'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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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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"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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Sentence concering unreal time

Can you please explain to me why this following sentence uses Past Perfect when we have a hypothetical current situation? From what I read when we have sentences with Supposing/Imagine (functioning as ...