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How to use if clause with present perfect

I built up this sentence today to an already tall lady for a pun. But it didn't feel good after I said it. I lost a bet on her, I had guessed her height to be 1.95 cm, but she turned out to be 1.87. I ...
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How to use if clause with present perfect

It's easy to understand the statment. However, the sentence itself has a rather "unusual" structure. You are looking at someone's stature and making a remark, which is, "if you had ...
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Why is present tense used on past hobby

It is reasonable to use the present tense, if the intended meaning of "He paints well" is "He can paint well". Here it is a bit surprising, as it is saying that he has an ability ...
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Why is present tense used on past hobby

You are correct. The example is bad grammar. If he no longer paints, then it should be "painted", past tense. We commonly describe things like this with the present tense, but with the ...
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What does "It has to have been done" mean?

That study has to have been done. In the sentence above have to is equivalent in meaning to must: That study must have been done. The have shows that assuming the study happened, it happened in the ...
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What does "It has to have been done" mean?

Sense 4 definition for the idiom have to says used to say that something is very likely It has to be close to noon. Edit After @FumbleFingers' Comments In most context to have to is stronger than ...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

If you can put the word when in front of the -ing form (and it makes sense), you can understand it as a verbal form. Otherwise it is a nominal. He had difficulty (when) reading without glasses. ...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

The tense of the word "reading" is the present participle form, but within the context of the sentence it is the past perfect tense. The past perfect tense is formed with the auxiliary verb &...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

In "He had problems reading without glasses." reading is a gerund-participle. In traditional grammar, it was a gerund.
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How long is it? Vs How long has it been?

The correct question format (in American English) is: "How long ago were you in London?" or: "How long has it been since you were in London?" The correct answer format (in American ...
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Present or future in this context?

Quibble: I wouldn't say "on the basis of". This is awkward and doesn't add anything. I'd just say, "Would it be possible to email me every 2 months ..." But that said ... I'd use ...
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