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Tense is location in time by grammatical forms and constructions rather than by semantics.

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Stay hungry Stay foolish That [is/was] what Steve Jobs said on a commencement speech. Which is proper? Is or Was? Or both?
asked Mar 27 by yoonjin kim
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1) I thought that Picasso is an artistic symbol to human beings. 2) I thought that Picasso was an artistic symbol to human beings. Are both of these acceptable? Do they have different nuances?
asked Mar 27 by yoonjin kim
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His eyes are/were so blue that I thought they were like diamonds. I envied him because he has/had blue eyes Which is right in each sentence? Each verb indicates constant fact, so doesn't have to ma …
asked Apr 11 by yoonjin kim
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I have a smartphone which is made by Apple I have a smartphone which was made by Apple I have a smartphone which has been made by Apple I am struggling with this matter. . . .
asked Mar 19 by yoonjin kim
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I saw a guy who has purple eyes I saw a guy who had purple eyes The color of eyes would not change, but . . Which sounds natural?
asked Mar 21 by yoonjin kim
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After reading an article, when I want to mention the writer's opinion, which tense is proper? For example, The writer claims that human right should be protected in the article above. I agree …
asked Apr 24 by yoonjin kim
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For example, When i want to say "He suggested the theory for 10 years. But he doesn't any more." Can i use had suggested instead of suggested to indicate the action performed for the duration of ti …
asked Mar 27 by yoonjin kim
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She donated all her money to others. I think she was a true example of noblesse oblige I think i can use is instead of was.. There is any meaning difference between two?
asked Mar 27 by yoonjin kim
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However, if you tried to copy the original rather than your imaginary drawing, you might find your drawing now was a little better. How come it is possible to use was instead of be or is? Because …
asked Mar 26 by yoonjin kim
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Leonardo Da Vinchi collaborated with Marcantonio della Torre, an anatomist from the University of Pavia. Their collaboration is important because it marries the artist with the scientist. Similarly …
asked Apr 24 by yoonjin kim
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While some sand is formed in oceans from things like shells and rocks, most sand is made up of tiny bits of rock that came all the way from the mountains! Can i use have come instead of came in t …
asked Mar 26 by yoonjin kim
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marries be replaced with married without meaning difference because the action happened in the past? Or is the present tense preferred to have an agreement with the verb tense of the main clause? …
asked Mar 27 by yoonjin kim
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I have a car that is made by Benz I have a car that was made by Benz I have a car that has been made by Benz Which sounds natural? So confusing.
asked Mar 20 by yoonjin kim
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It IS/WAS estimated that people consumed a lot of bottled water in 2015. In the sentence above, is and was both are possible? Then how the nuance is different? If there is no difference, which is mo …
asked Mar 31 by yoonjin kim
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For a long time many scientists suspected that koalas were so lethargic because the compounds in eucalyptus leaves kept the cute little animals in a drugged­out state. But more recent research has …
asked Mar 26 by yoonjin kim

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