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Present Perfect Vs. Simple Past in my sentence

Which one should I use? I've read The Little Prince, Chapter XVIV. It has been pretty good - It has been about [...] Or I've read the Little Prince, chapter XVIV. It was pretty good - It was ...
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“Would have to” usage

From the article "Delhi launches doorstep delivery of govt. services" in The Hindu (emphasis mine): The applicant would have to call 1076 and fix an appointment with a mobile sahayak, who will go ...
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Use of “lead to maintain” in a sentence

Is use of "lead to maintain" in the following sentences correct grammatically and conceptually? As shown in Fig. 2, the existence of symmetrical blades lead to maintain the direction of the ...
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time passed by vs time passed by?

Time ________ and they still hadn't heard anything from their son. A. Passed B. Passed by C. Went D. Went on I think it can't be C or D. But I also don't know if it's A or B.
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Can we use present tense with subjunctive mood?

1.If such a huge meteor had really crashed into the Earth, why isn't there even a little piece of evidence such as crater anywhere on Earth? 2.If he were really a famous singer, why can't he ...
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Use “bridge” as an intransitive verb?

I found the following sentence: The system controller interfaces to the PCI bus and bridges to other buses. I can guess the meaning of it, but looking at all the dictionary the verb "bridge" does ...
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Usage of verb Would

I am wondering why is "would" used In this sentence. When she was younger she 'would' shrink away from me whenever I spoke to her. Is using simple past without "would" grammatically wrong, or does ...
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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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Should [good at something] be understood as active or passive?

I just wrote a psychology quiz and there was a "good at" question that I did not answer correctly. I would like to ask the thread's help on this one. The question was: Is the following a behavior ...
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“I see” or “I can see”

I've been teaching English in France for a year now and am amazed at how often I am having to consider how my own language works. The nuances come thick and fast. Here is the current question I'm ...
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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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Should I use “having internship” or “the internship”?

I wanted to write something like this : I've decided to not change my questionnaire, because the internship abroad is a great opportunity to improve my English. but I am very unsure about "the ...
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“join” vs “join in”

I've heard that you have to say "join someone" and "join in something". I am going to make up a few pairs of sentences below. (1a) I will join you for John's birthday lunch tomorrow. (1b) I ...
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“I expect he will know” vs. “I expect he knows”

I understand that will can be used to refer to the likelihood of a future event, for example: I expect (that) she won't like the news Source: Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary ...
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Have helped/helped in “Lots of people ____ us last year”

There are many confusing questions in Present Perfect vs. Past Simple debates, but one thing was always clear to me - if we refer to the past and use such phrases as "last week", "last year", etc. we ...
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Ways to say 'get smaller', 'decrease in size' in one word

What are the proper ways to say that something gets smaller (decreases in size) in one word? I am not asking about cases when what we discribe represents a measure of something (price, volume, ...
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“Have you got” with abstract things?

Can I say: "Have you got something that you always forget to do?" Or should I use "have got" only with tangible objects that I can possess?
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Tense with “recently”

Should I use recently with simple past or present perfect?  I recently bought a mobile. It has very good features with a four-GB ram. I just love the mobile. I have recently bought a mobile. It has ...
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Can “A and B” be followed by “is”?

This is an excerpt from an ESL reading book. What I want to ask is whether "Their independence and ability" can be regarded as a single concept, so "is" can be followed. The number of working ...
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Usage of 'I would have + past tense'

I would have liked if she would have said no. I would have liked if she had said no. I would have liked if she'd said no. Is it correct to use would have twice in the same sentence here? Is the ...
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Can we use the verb “watch” without any object?

I am sharing a link to a video on my WhatsApp and I'm not sure if the caption I'm writing is correct. Watch with the subtitles on. Do I need to say "watch it with..."? Or "watch the video with..."...
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Verb used with 'calm'

I would like others to explain this to me. Which sentence is correct? 1- He transmits calm. 2- He conveys calm.
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“Clap” and “applaud” for someone

Which sentence is usable in English when you are going to clap your hands in order to show your approval for instance when you enjoy the performance of a football player: The coach clapped for ...
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make wastage or do wastage

Which one of the following is correct? He is making wastage of time. He is making a wastage of time. He is doing a wastage of time. He is doing wastage of time. I just wanted to know whether "do" is ...
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Is it wrong to use specific verbs instead “have”?

I can't understand why my grammar book use the "have" verb at some situations like She had a coffee She was having breakfast Instead of She drank a coffee She was eating breakfast I ...
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What's “come to doing something”?

source The context is: Practise, practise, practise. There's an expression in English. If you don't want to lose it, use it. This is very true when it comes to learning foreign languages. What ...
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The construction of the verb “to show”

Does the verb "to show" require any objects: direct and/or indirect? eg. We have shown the similarities between patterns of RNA.--> to whom? or is the sentence complete on its own? I know that you can ...
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“You're exaggerated” and “you're being exaggerated”

Do both of these sentences exist? Can I say I'm being exaggerated, or should I say I'm exaggerated? (I want to express that I'm overdoing something.) Is either one wrong, or are they both correct?
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How to improve writing skills for short story? [closed]

i am very interested in short story writing please suggest me how to improve writing skills for short story,best grammar skills and suggest me some important books.
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Use of <is depended on>

Is the use of 'is depended on' in the following sentences correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not , kindly suggest ways to make it clearer.
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Want me hanging out or to hang out

What I'd learned so far is that we can only use infinitive after 'want'. But today I saw "mom doesn't want me hanging out with you anymore" in an english book.. Is it correct to use -ing form after ...
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“So I [had/have/would have] something to give”

If i bought that book, it would be so i had something to give to you on your birthday. If i bought that book, it would be so i have something to give to you on your birthday If i bought ...
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Difference in usage

Which one is correct, "Wear a scarf, and you'll look fashionable." or "Put on a scarf, and you'll look fashionable." ?
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“Had to” vs. “must” for requirement in the past

I know that "have to" can mean "must" and that "must" can be used in the past, but in the below sentence I don't understand why "had to" is the correct answer. When I was going to university, I ...
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I am being hungry

We are being robbed. Being means right now happening. Can I say "I am being hungry"?
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How common is “What does XYZ mean*s*”?

Recently I've noticed that quite a few native English speakers ask like "What does XYZ means?" instead of "What does XYZ mean?" (There's an s at the end) I know this is unacceptable in formal English,...
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the function of “did”

I found a sentence in my "Preparation and Practice Exam TOEFL" book a sentence states "Not until 1895 did Cornell University begin to offer a degree in ornithology" . anyone can explain what the word "...
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be aimed to do something

This is from Longman Dictionary An action is aimed at doing something: Our policies are aimed at encouraging economic growth. Don’t say: Our policies are aimed to encourage economic ...
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projects come or coming from different countries

I am wondering which of the following sentences makes the most sense: 250+ projects coming from 100 different countries 250+ projects come from 100 different countries 250+ projects from 100 ...
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is this correct usage of verb “be”?

Can I use this line in a song, addressing the fires and the winds: You fires and winds, please, let the forests be for them not to get angry anymore and let the forests exist and not destroy them ...
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Present simple or Present perfect?

Which tense to choose: "Is dinner ready? - I'm afraid, it isn't. The potatoes are not done/haven't been done yet."
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Which one is correct here? [closed]

Which is correct: "It's a beautiful day. I am not taking/won't take the bus to work today. I prefer walking."
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Past simple or past perfect?

Which is correct: "Yesterday my sister read about a soldier who was accidently killed/had accidently been killed by another soldier."
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Which one is gramatically correct? [closed]

Which one is correct: "Don't wait for us. We aren't swimming/aren't going to swim today, we're tired.
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Which tense is right?

(1st speaker) Can we meet at 7 o'clock tomorrow evening? (2nd speaker) Not in the evening. How does 2nd speaker continue? I'll be having dinner then. I am having dinner then. I have dinner then.
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“wasn't” or “weren't” with weather

Which is right: "I'm fed up with this weather. I wish it wasn't so hot." or: "I'm fed up with this weather. I wish it weren't so hot."
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Which tense can I use?

Which is correct: "I think you should go on a diet.You are putting on weight." or "I think you should go on a diet. You have put on weight."
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How can I use “pretend” in negative way?

I played the game called "SPY". There were one spy out of ten. Nobody knows who is the spy except the spy. After the game, I wanted to say "He pretended to be a spy." and "He pretended not to be a spy....
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Can I use “were” in this sentence?

My sentence is, "I thought it were your friends (that) you went out with." I used the be-verb were in this sentence because it refers to your friends. Am I right?
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meaning of 'Suffer the' phrase?

I heard a song where the singer says (emphasis added) "I'm ready to suffer the sea" Does it mean to make it suffer or to conquer?