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Use this tag for questions about which form of a verb to use in particular circumstances. Questions about tense (time reference) and aspect should also use those tags.

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five more to come OR five more coming

I have made up the examples below. (1) I said to my customer, "You ordered fifteen packages of toilet paper. I'm going to get them for you right now." (After one minute) I said to him, "...
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Why isn't it 'until death does us part'?

'Death' is a single form or at least an uncountable noun. Why is the wedding vow 'until death do us part' rather than 'until death does us part'?
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Be important to do/doing

Recycling is important to help protect our planet’s natural resources and to help fight climate change. https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/recycling Is that the correct form of the verb? ...
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Can "whose" be replaced with "with the/a" in this sentence? Which sentence is better?

I wrote a simple Email whose goal was to inform friends and family about the party. Can the "whose" in the sentence be replaced with "with a/the" to make the sentence like: I ...
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Before I found out vs. Before finding out

Non-native speaker here. Could someone explain the difference between these two? I had messaged them ten times before I found out they cut ties with our company. I had messaged them ten times before ...
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When I tell a story in the past, shouldn't I use past tense when the verbs are describing states?

I asked someone to correct my sentence in the other site, the sentence is: I saw her yelling at her boyfriend, but he seemed to be indifferent. They corrected the sentence for the usage of the tense ...
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'to persuade' or 'persuade'

I'm struggling to find an appropriate answer. In the sentence below, 'persuade' confuses me since it seems to me this word should take a -to before itself. Original BBC article: Researchers have been ...
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"heat" or "heating" after a colon

I'm wondering whether "heat" or "heating" should be used in the following: Try this physical experiment: heat/heating air so that it expands.
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"There has to be" vs "there have to be" [duplicate]

Which form to choose for the verb "have"? There have to be other solutions... There has to be other solutions... Somehow, both sound correct. I chose the first one, but isn't the second ...
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Why does the following sentence uses present participle "teaching" instead of present tense "teach"?

Several months ago, a trade association invited me to be its keynote speaker on networking and teaching people to be better conversationalists. I have read the above sentence in a book. In my ...
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Why the verb "come" in this sentence has this form?

In a movie, I'm watching, one of the detectives investigating a case of a missing woman(Amy) says to one of his co-workers: "Amy's medical records come in?" and she receives a reply: "...
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If you asked him what his name was/is

Are these sentences interchangeable? If you asked him what his name was, he wouldn’t tell you. If you asked him what his name is, he wouldn’t tell you. I think it is wrong to use “is” in this ...
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What is the right verb form for "this is the first time ..."

-A: Nice handwriting -B: This is the first time someone says this to me. This is the first time someone has said this to me? This is the first time someone is saying this to me. Which ones are ...
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What is the verb form of "trajectory"?

What is the verb form of trajectory? I looked up trajectorize but there's no such word.
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is the grammar correct: did you get vaccinated?

is the grammar correct in the question? did you get vaccinated? I know we are not supposed to use past tense for verb with did but I can't understand this one.
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Is "walk" in this sentence correct? Could it be replaced with walks or will walk? [duplicate]

Almost every creature you see, besides the elephants, walk on two legs, like me.
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Two-syllable verbs stressed on the first syllable that do not double the final consonant in the --ing form

Can anyone think of more two-syllable verbs that have stress on the first syllable and do not double the final consonant in the -ing form. The instances I am looking for will have a vowel before the ...
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Using perfect forms for ''for''

So, the rule I have been taught is that 'for' and 'since' must be used with perfect forms, i.e. I have been living in London for 3 years/since 2017. This presents two problems for me: 1.- What if the ...
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Difference between 'be' and 'to be'

Whenever I read advanced grammar articles I come across these two terms quite often : be and to be. What is the difference between these two and how to identify the difference between these two? ...
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Short forms of "be" and "have"

Are the short forms of verbs "To be" and "To have" common in written English? For example "She has a baby" is probably more common than "She's a baby" in both ...
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Confusion with the definition of the form of the verb

I'm just starting to learn English. And I get confused with the definition of the forms and tenses of verbs. Task: Define the form of the verb. Cellular phones are now dialing up the Internet to ...
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What keep/keeps me

I was wondering which one of these is correct? What keeps me sane, during these insane times, are my books. Or What keep me sane, during these insane times, are my books. I understand that ...
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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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What is the suitable verb form of this 'wish-clause'?

This is the item from a grammar book. Jim’s neighbors are going to move. He wishes they would move (move) soon. I wonder if I change it to the following: Jim’s neighbors are going to move. He ...
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Might have been caught/ Might be caught (In a traffic jam)

If someone hasn't shown up, I'm guessing it is because of the traffic. Which word form should I use? Considering that "was caught" Is an action in the past, thus: He might have been caught in the ...
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“This element” vs “these elements”

I wrote:  Many non-ferrous metallic alloys contain this element: bronze, brass, etc. But teacher said:  Many non-ferrous metallic alloys contain these elements: bronze, brass, etc. But why?...
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What do you call for repeatedly making a statement even when the statement has been proved wrong

Let's consider a situation were two persons, person A and person B are arguing about something. Person A makes a statement as a point in his argument. Then person B proves person A's statement as ...
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Is it okay to say "make the house clean"?

I leanred the passive in my grammar class. Teacher said the sentence 'George said that he made his house clean before the party.' ...is wrong because 'clean' should be changed into 'cleaned'. I ...
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I feel good vs It feels good

We can say: I feel good when I'm hanging out with my friends. This this the active voice. But why it is also correct to say Hanging out feels good. when the passive voice is used? Why the ...
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How can I use the word sorry

What is correct He was sorry to come late last night. Or He was sorry about coming late last night.
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Correct use of verb LET

In Oxford Dictionaries, there is an entry: Water the plant regularly, never letting the soil dry out. I don't understand why it is letting. Is let incorrect here? If yes, then why?
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Is "go" infinitive or indicative?

In the question "Did you go swimming?", is the verb "go" in infinitive form or in present indicative? How can we tell which form it is?
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Simple Past or Past Continuous? - Action taking place in the middle of another action

I am a newbie and I have a problem with this sentence, should I use past continuous or past simple? When I realized that no one was paying any attention to me I decided to go home. But just as I ...
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How to tell if suffix *er* means a person, a tool or an action?

Many verbs can be suffixed by er, which makes them nouns. However, some nouns made this way refer to persons, while others refer to tools or actions. For example: pay: payer (the person who pays) ...
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Is the verb "close" in "It is recommended that you close all other applications" fixed and does not change regardless of the subject?

There is a sentence in the picture as below. It is recommended that you close all other applications before continuing. I wonder what happens to the verb “close” if I change “you” into “the user”. ...
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Ask about past time

Is the question right or wrong? If wrong, please how can I ask about how long they haven't seen each other im the past. Q: How long have you hadn't seen each other?
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Why is the past form "changed" used in this situation?

A middle-aged woman of mine complained to her husband that she was bored. "We never go anywhere or see anyone", she told him. "We just sit here night after night in front of the television." Her ...
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Which verb form comes after 'than'?

I've found infinitive, bare infinitive and gerund. For example He did more than ask questions. It's better to ask than to assume. Going to work is often better than going to class. ...
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"It was broken" vs "It got broken"

When we say "The glass was broken" it means when we looked at it, it had been broken before, that is, it shows a state that could be spread over a period of time. But when we say "it got broken" it ...
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...demanded that he see

This is a sentence from an article in The New Yorker. One day, Prince demanded that he see the crew member’s portfolio. My question is about the form of the verb 'see' here. Why not 'sees' or 'saw'...
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In my case, "am I" or "do I"?

"the city is alive and so am I/do I!".....?😅 please help me to find the correct form.. I was gonna go with the first option, until I got contradicted by someone who I usually trust when it comes to ...
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The verb form IN a since-clause

An example sentence in a grammar book says: You've drunk about ten cups of tea since you've been sitting here. (M. Swan, Practical English Usage, §522.3 since-clause: since we were at school) ...
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"Did" in affirmative sentences [duplicate]

(English is not my native language.) Is the sentence 'only then did she realised the sun was setting.' correct? Or should I write 'only then did she realise the sun was setting.'? Is 'did' even ...
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Irregular verbs with two past forms

Is there any grammar to explain how some irregular verbs like "input" and "output" have two past forms? I've seen both "input/inputted" and "output/outputted" in written and spoken English. Based on ...
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Is "which may causes" the correct phrase?

I'm just practicing passage reconstruction. Here I've formed a phrase "Organic former usually use natural pesticides and fertilizers instead using chemical pesticide which may causes economic damage ...
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Difference between "had come" vs. "came" vs. "used to come"

What is the difference in meaning between these three sentences? Aren't they the ones who had come over for lunch? Aren't they the ones who came over for lunch? Aren't they the ones who used ...
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Correctness of "He took to drink..."

He took to drink to lessen his mental tension. I think that "took to drink" is incorrect, and think that it should be "drinking" instead because the -ing form is always used with the present ...
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Why is the correct spelling "eating" and not "eatting"?

I am learning -ing spell rules from Woodward English. Can't figure out why is it correct to say 'eating'. Is the second rule not applicable here ? 2). If the verb ends in a consonant + vowel + ...
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Should I use "are" or "is" in this question?

If I want to ask what days that a restaurant opens to public, which the following sentence is correct? What days are the restaurant open? What days is the restaurant open? The answer is ...
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Which is the correct form?

I haven't caught her name, or I didn't catch her name? Whereby, in which cases should a native use the first or the second form above?
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