19 Answered Questions for the topic Tenses

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

08/04/19

My ear hurts Or "My ear is hurting"?

Which tense is best suited to describe sickness and pain? In the example below, what are the differences between the two usages? Which one sounds more natural?> - My ear hurts> - My ear is... more

07/16/19

Can I switch from past tense to present tense in an epilogue?

I have written my entire novel thus far in past tense. However, I feel like my final chapter/epilogue would work better in present tense. I want to give the reader the sense that everything s/he... more

06/24/19

When do we use “had had” and “have had”?

I have seen several sentences in English where some writers have written *had* twice in a row. I am a bit confused about when the grammar calls for using *had had*.For example:> * I **had had**... 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?"

06/15/19

Mark Twain and the tenses?

Maybe I'm being too pedantic for my own good, but here's the thing. There is in Mark Twain's short story titled *Journalism in Tennessee* a passage in which, if you take a good close look, the... more

06/07/19

Mixed tense sentence + When clause?

Is it legal to write something like this: > When I'm trying to post a form system alerts me with a warning message. I've seen people use this kind of writing.

06/02/19

Can "would" be used twice in an English conditional sentence and still be grammatical?

I know how conditional *if* clause sentences work. I'm aware of the rules which I have to follow. However, I sometimes use *would* after *would* which of course is incorrect in terms of grammar.... more

04/26/19

Tenses to use when writing minutes?

I understand that you must use past tense when writing minutes. However, there are some instances when I am not sure if past tense should be used as it would either change the meaning of the... more

04/24/19

Which tense when talking about books?

Which tense should you use when talking about a book if it is narrated in both the past and present tenses? I am asking this because in *To Kill a Mockingbird* (Can you underline book titles here?)... more

04/23/19

This chapter describes or "This chapter WILL describe?"?

My question is about the use of the present or future tense when describing what the current project being written does/will do: - Should it be "This thesis **will investigate** whether...," or... more

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

03/28/19

Can you switch verb tenses when beginning a new sentence?

Tony had just **grabbed** another bottle of whiskey when it happened. **Dropping** it, he **reached** out and grabbed the closest thing to him, narrowly avoiding falling to the ground. Like going... more

03/20/19

Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis?

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this... more

03/19/19

How should I translate the Present Perfect used in English?

Suppose I want to translate an English sentence like "I have walked in the park for a year." The first though I had was translating the sentence as follows.> Ho camminato nel parco per un... more

03/19/19

Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis?

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this... more

03/14/19

Are there any rules to follow about the narrator mixing past and present tense in writing?

I'm editing a short story that's been written in the past tense, however at some points I slip up and use a lot of present tense to describe some scenes. Thing is, it's happened often enough that... more

03/14/19

Using the Simple Future to express a possibility?

Can I use the future tense to express a possibility, or predict the future, rather than saying something I will surely do?For example, if I say _andrò a casa di mio cugino_ (literally, "I will go... more

08/20/18

I ______(meet) you tonight

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