11 Answered Questions for the topic Past Tense

08/05/19

How do I say "now it holds" in past tense?

I'm writing a short story, and came across a weird grammar issue. Here's a simplified snippet:>The holding cell was spacious, originally intended to hold a dozen prisoners. But **now it held** a... more

07/29/19

My boss was furious with me and I have been fired vs. "My boss was furious with me and I was fired"?

I have a question and I hope you can help me. I've been learning English for many years but I'm still struggling with the difference between simple past and present perfect.For example this... more

07/03/19

What one should reply to - "Can I talk to Jeremy?"?

> **Situation** I receive a call caller asked me;" Can I talk to Jeremy?" What is correct reply and What should I respond to this situation with. > 1. *he has gone for lunch.* > 2. *he... more

06/17/19

I'd the house to myself Is this incorrect?

"I'd the house to myself." Since "I'd" can be a contraction of I had, would it work in this case for "I had the house to myself?"

06/10/19

How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?

Groucho Marx had a joke that's long been a favorite of mine: > I've had a wonderful time; this wasn't it. I assume he's using the present perfect to say *I've had a wonderful time.* But, when... more

05/28/19

Qual è l'uso corretto dei tempi verbali in queste frasi?

Ho scritto questa frase: "Mio padre, per primo, strinse amicizia con voi e l'ha protratta fino alla fine della vita". Ma è corretto l'uso del passato prossimo ("ha protratta") nella seconda frase... more

05/24/19

When does passato prossimo become passato remoto?

I have searched past questions but cannot find an answer. Now I have reached a point in my learning when I am brave enough to use more then the present tense. I am confused about the difference... more

04/24/19

Why is the present perfect used in headlines?

04/23/19

Variation with 2nd conjugation verbs in the passato remoto in the io, lui and loro forms?

In studying the passato remoto one notes immediately the variation on the 2nd conjugation (-ere stem) verbs in the io, lui/lei, loro forms. For example a verb like ***credere*** is conjugated:>... more

05/02/17

do you use did with past form of verb?

For example, "He did not know what he said would get him in trouble". Or "I did not know what I said would become a quote one day"

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