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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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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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If something was vs If something were

If I were an MLA, I would have helped people yesterday If I were an MLA, I would help people tomorrow If I was an MLA, I would have helped people yesterday If I was an MLA, I would help ...
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“…if you [sing.] did” — should it not be “do?”

I came across the following conversation: A: I'll let you know where I am planning to go on vacation. B: It wouldn't be vacation if you did. I am a little confused about the use of did here. ...
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Plural acronym verb form: “PGCs stand for” vs. “PGCs stands for”

Is it right to say: PGCs stands for primordial germ cells. PGCs is a plural, so is it correct to use the singular verb form stands with it?
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“Start make the changing ” vs “ Start making the change”

Which one is correct? You can start making the changes in your design. or You can start make changing in your design.
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using past tense verbs like opened

I'm struggling with the following sentences, I've seen some examples of them but it's still not clear to me. This sentence means the door is in the proces of opening. the door is being opened. 1....
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Is the passive form of the word “theme” correct in this sentence?

Recently we were given the task to promote the upcomong conference at our university, so I wrote the twitter post: "getting excited for this year´s conference themed Terrorism" Is it gramatically ...
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Has she came or Did She came

I wanted to ask if my teacher came today or not. What would be the correct way to ask that question? Has teacher came? or Did teacher came?
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“Gravitate” vs “be attracted”

I was wondering if someone could help me and let me know which verb in my self-made sentence bellow would sound idiomatically natural in English: They gravitated to each other at the first sight. ...
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Does the verb 'to busy' require a reflexive pronoun?

It busied me for hours. When 'busy' is used as a verb, does it always need reflexive pronouns? In the above sentence, I haven't used the reflexive pronoun. I am asking because in Merriam-Webster I ...
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have versus having

I was wondering if someone could help me with the self-made scenario bellow and tell me which choice fits grammatically better in the blank and why: He was supposed to invest 500,000 US dollars, ...
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What form of the verb is used with the word “did” (especially in a interrogative sentence) [duplicate]

Jill did not allow last game to Liz. Or Jill did not allowed last game to Liz. Do we always use the infinitive form of the verb with "did"?
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Verb form of “must needs”

Then touching the shoulder of a townsman who stood near to him, he addressed him in a formal and courteous manner: "I pray you, good Sir," said he, "who is this woman? -- and wherefore is she ...
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What is the verb form of tuition

I what to know whether there is any verb form of tuition or not. Suppose I teach some students in their home as a private tutor. Can I say that : " I shall tuition you tomorrow"
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“Didn't use to get” or “Didn't used to get”?

I just made a minor grammar correction on Travel SE, and another user said the grammar correction was unnecessary. The original text was Another factor--sometimes life happens and you can't fly. ...
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it isn't raining vs it doesn't rain

Let's go out now. It isn't raining any more (not It doesn't rain) (This is from Grammar in Use of Cambridge.) I thought those two are valid form but the book say it is not. Is the reason just ...
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to scale vs scaling

What is the right verb to use here? to scale or scaling as we continue to scale mountains as we continue scaling mountains As we continue to scale mountains, our sense of kinship became ...
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Which verb form to use after “a sample of”?

Consequently, a convenient sample of 360 drivers was recruited. Consequently, a convenient sample of 360 drivers were recruited. Which of these is the correct verb form?
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“My son and I are…” or “am…”? [closed]

My son and I are your fans. My son and I am your fans. Which is correct?
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Which follows an uncountable noun of multiple things, singular or plural verb?

Which of these sentences is better? The water usage of Alice and Bob are different. The water usage of Alice and Bob is different. The first one seems better because we can treat two ...
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What verb form is in 'Page not found'?

'Page not found' is popular web response phrase. What grammar behind such a use of verb 'find' is? For me it's expected to read 'Page is not found' or 'has not been'.
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Use of began and begun

Question 1: Should we say, "Have the Olympic games began?" or "Have the Olympic games begun?" Question 2: Are the sentences below constructed correctly? "My exams just began." "My exams have just ...
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“He was waiting until after I left to eat my cake.” — What verb form should be used after 'until after'?

Mom has bought you and your little brother two small cakes. She puts them on the table in front of you two. Suddenly, your phone rings; you go out to your room, and when you come back both cakes are ...
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Clause type after than

Going through an exercise in a book I found the following allegedly correct sentence: Far better to do that than buy presents for everybody! Is it correct? If I can replace "buy presents for ...
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Is this sentence correct? Two gerunds [duplicate]

Being a German mastering the English language and having to read specialist literature in both languages for business reasons, it is likely .... I am referring especially to the first part of the ...
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How can an English learner be sure of the correct object type for a transitive verb?

I am trying to improve my understanding of English. My question relates to transitive and intransitive verb. Transitive verb always require objects and objects can be many types. Object can be gerund, ...
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Using ing form of verb as verb

The ing forms of verb are used as noun, adjective, subject or object. Can it be used as a verb only. Regards;
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“integrated in” or “integrated into”

What is the difference between "integrated in" and "integrated into"? The book uses the word "integrated in". The final category of optical receiver are the ones that are completely integrated in ...
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Is it correct to say 'to be applying'?

I am going to apply this concept. I am going to applying this concept. I am going to be applying this concept. These are correct and mean the same?
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It is also okay to use in this way with the verb 'conclude'?

Here is a normal sentence from a dictionary. It is too early to conclude (jump to the conclusion) that he is the criminal. But I would like to know if it is also okay to say like below. It is ...
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How and when we have to use sentence construction 'was/were to have+ v3' to create sentences

What is the meaning of following sentences? The work was to have been complete today. (Can I also say: "The work was to have completed today" ? Or The work was to have been completed today" But ...
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I can't get the right answer between live or living on a test

Living with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language. or Live with a foreign family can be a good way to learn a language.
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Difference between “I spent a lot of time” and “I have spent a lot of time” [duplicate]

Can some please explain the difference 1) I spent a lot of time with my friends 2) I have spent a lot of time with my friends