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What is the tense called: “I have got a book”

What's the name of the tense of the above-mentioned example:present simple or present perfect, or perhaps something else in modern grammar? Or simply "present"? Thanks in advance. I have got a ...
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A question related to participles

There is given a pair of sentences and I have to join the two sentences into one using a participle. We started early. We arrived at noon Answer was Starting/having started early, we arrived at ...
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Is the transitive usage of “back off” common?

Both of them backed off their verbals, and eventual Indiana pledge Romeo Langford cut Louisville from his list of schools. (source) The meaning is clear, but I find the usage of "back off" as a ...
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A question about verbal noun

I'm a beginner in English, and I have a question. When do we use the verbal noun of some words (Like "Charge") that are both nouns and verbs? For example, what is difference between "Battery charge ...
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“The first to know” Vs. “First to know”

What difference in meaning or otherwise does the inclusion or omission of the definite article make in this sentence? When that day comes, you will be (the) first to know. I would like to add ...
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“to be made” vs“that are made”

I believe that the advantages of buying a property greatly outweigh the short-term savings to be made by renting. In above sentence what is the role of to be in ("to be made")? Can I write "that are ...
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“Past perfect progressive” vs “past progressive”- Can we use the adverbial phrases of time with past progressive?

I know one of the main differences between past perfect progressive and past progressive is the fact that the latter can be used when the duration of an event or its exact timing is not important to ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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I don't understand punctuation inside quotes

I have troubles understanding how punctuation works with quotes, it feels illogical and counter-intuitive. I was reading an article about documentation and I came across this sentence during the part ...
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Reduced relative clauses

a. Trees which fell in the storm have resulted in several accidents. b. Trees falling in the storm have resulted in several accidents. a. Teams which have completed the first round go into the ...
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Various Cases of Using Apostrophe

I have two questions on using apostrophe: Why an apostrophe has been used here after "s" in "The 69’ers’ drummer, Tom Callaghan" while the same thing does not happen after "s" in the "Beatles" in ...
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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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Subject and verb in subordinate clauses

I'm wondering: is it necessary to repeat the subject - or the verb - of a sentence in subordinate clauses introduced by words such as "but" or "like"? Are the following sentences equally correct? a)...
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Independent clauses in conditional sentence

The decision to carry out a mission shall be disclosed after the decision has been taken, and the mission is complete. In the above sentence, the two independent clauses after the word "after", ...
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How to use tenses in reported speech

If I had two verb forms in a sentence, how should I use the tense? For example: I heard that you were moving to London. The situation is like this, the event (moving to London) has not taken ...

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