Tag: perfect-constructions

158 Canonical Post #2: What is the perfect, and how should I use it? 2013-11-16T12:01:21.227

20 "My boss was furious with me and I have been fired" vs. "My boss was furious with me and I was fired" 2019-04-24T14:10:29.500

17 Haven't {eaten / ate}? 2013-03-15T22:12:35.213

14 When should I use "didn't" instead of "haven't"? 2013-01-25T03:29:23.150

14 "I am finished" vs "I have finished" 2016-10-18T14:37:14.997

13 Shouldn't it be "HAVE been put on hold" instead of "HAD been put on hold"? 2018-01-07T13:14:50.633

10 "Carrie has arrived at the airport for two hours." - Is this sentence grammatically correct? 2016-11-07T09:09:56.990

9 Is "I have been to Italy two years ago for 2 months" correct? 2018-03-16T17:25:18.947

8 What does this perfect tense intend to say? 2013-02-11T12:53:55.663

8 Tense when saying "This is the first time" you've been somewhere 2013-10-03T00:30:06.487

8 "I would have liked [to have seen / to see] John ..." 2015-02-27T13:59:45.053

8 Using "when" with Present Perfect 2017-03-20T14:26:52.157

6 Perfect infinitive 2014-10-07T03:38:51.520

6 “Would have + past participle” in The Scarlet Letter 2014-12-10T12:57:35.527

6 How can an event prove by itself? 2017-01-06T14:28:10.600

6 Can I say "something is happened to my phone"? 2017-01-08T21:05:33.250

6 "Have never won" v/s "had never won" 2019-01-15T04:58:56.450

6 Is "If he had come tomorrow, I would have gone." grammatically correct 2019-03-17T17:23:18.827

5 How to ask a person how long he has been working in an office? 2014-09-12T12:53:46.760

5 Don't speak until I [tell, told, have told or what?] you? 2015-03-31T21:01:21.470

5 "I saw him before he had seen me" - paradoxical past perfect with before 2018-02-06T17:24:47.733

4 "read and accepted" or "read and accept"? 2013-01-31T08:05:31.547

4 He IS come - John 16:8 2013-11-15T05:06:02.267

4 Past simple or past perfect in a subordinate clause 2014-06-28T05:11:52.333

4 What is this "would have had to"? 2014-08-09T11:34:51.843

4 present perfect vs past perfect vs simple past 2015-01-11T04:15:09.880

4 What tense to use for an event that was no longer valid? 2017-04-14T15:10:23.307

4 Future pluperfect 2017-04-16T06:53:45.540

3 When 'past modal+have+past participle' accompanies with past tense in a sentence, can it be before the past or at the past? 2013-07-21T07:13:16.123

3 How to use "never" with Present simple tense 2014-03-16T10:19:56.887

3 "If I had known it will be cheaper, I would buy/have bought it tomorrow" 2014-06-21T19:36:46.000

3 Is a past-tense *when* clause acceptable with a present perfect main clause? 2014-08-21T14:11:55.820

3 Time expression in Present/Past Perfect tense 2014-09-15T05:08:20.220

3 Meaning difference between using "is" and "has been" 2014-09-25T08:58:51.080

3 Difference between Simple Past and Past Perfect 2015-05-05T03:46:49.723

3 Present Perfect Tense Asking 2015-05-07T20:39:46.010

3 Had done / had been doing 2016-05-03T16:11:38.993

3 Please explain the difference between these two sentences to me? 2016-08-02T19:34:48.447

3 Is the phrase "are you come" in this sentence correct? 2016-08-18T18:37:51.510

3 Complicated sentences in past perfect regarding hypothetical situations with reflection on the past? 2016-09-30T08:36:40.957

3 The use of the Future Perfect Continuous Passive in 'The apples will have been being eaten by him' 2016-10-26T07:20:09.500

3 At completing vs at having completed 2017-01-22T01:52:24.303

3 Future Pluperfect Tense 2017-05-23T13:16:53.110

3 John has spoken to his uncle just now or John spoke...? 2017-05-25T05:54:42.073

3 "of all students, A has the highest" vs "A has the hightest marks of any students..." 2017-07-12T16:22:40.497

3 Can I use present perfect in this context? 2018-09-24T15:54:28.673

3 Why is the present perfect simple used in this sentence (and not the present perfect continuous) 2018-10-15T18:20:01.403

3 How about "When I saw Debbie, she had played golf"? 2018-11-05T03:32:56.053

3 Present perfect and since 2018-12-09T17:35:12.913

2 Why does this infinitive have perfect tense? 2013-06-04T14:07:48.007

2 If this 'would' were 'would have p.p', is it not an irrealis but past form of would? 2013-07-22T02:08:39.133

2 What role does this past-participle take? 2013-08-22T15:08:29.007

2 The nuance of "could have done" 2013-10-19T12:33:29.657

2 What's the difference between the simple past tense and the present perfect? 2013-11-13T03:11:09.733

2 Book Recommendations Re: accessible English Tenses System 2013-12-28T17:53:55.157

2 Hypocrisy don't makes you / doesn't make you a human 2014-04-28T00:08:05.300

2 Is added or has been added 2014-07-17T12:08:24.893

2 When we join two past events, must we use the perfect participle or can we use the present participle as well? 2014-08-09T05:16:31.973

2 Past action but present perfect? 2014-10-07T13:46:54.197

2 when to use have been 2015-01-03T12:13:23.890

2 past simple or past perfect in this case 2015-07-28T21:42:09.457

2 modal + perfect 2015-09-07T03:52:20.630

2 Difference in meaning between 'I'd be surprised if he hadn't/hasn't' 2016-03-04T10:30:28.123

2 Having vs. doing 2016-08-25T16:10:02.100

2 perfect structure or simple structure in unreal conditionals with modals? 2016-10-02T09:19:37.520

2 use and meaning of perfect gerund 2016-10-28T13:56:41.573

2 Can I combine present perfect tense with past perfect tense? 2017-01-24T03:50:54.530

2 Has been to: a present perfect tense? 2017-03-02T14:03:15.730

2 Why is "got" used in this context? 2017-03-08T13:48:14.577

2 Grammatical Correctness: "he is lucky" vs "he's got lucky" 2017-04-01T10:20:04.797

2 Perfect non-deictic: "For a long moment he thought he had gone too far" vs "...he have gone too far" 2017-04-17T12:26:47.013

2 There is no big difference between reacting after 6h and after 20h 2017-05-04T15:51:49.283

2 Future perfect usage. Is the sentence correct? 2017-07-30T17:33:42.003

2 Past Continuous and past perfect continuous for native English speakers 2018-03-03T13:48:19.377

2 "they got married" vs "they have got married" 2018-10-04T11:13:10.463

2 Never in the present perfect and the past perfect 2018-10-10T12:59:32.310

2 Is the textbook wrong? 2018-10-20T03:50:24.330

2 To be or to have been 2018-12-18T13:43:11.487

2 Correct error in perfect tense 2019-10-27T16:08:15.200

2 "I have lived..." talking about the past 2020-04-27T14:26:17.367

2 Did you notice that I had changed some passages/I changed some passages in my article? 2020-04-28T07:18:42.450

2 It is able to be possible/ She is able to have drunk 2020-06-05T13:03:52.380

1 Is this 'might have p.p' a back-shifted form? 2013-07-23T11:48:37.883

1 Is "I wish I had studied English further" correct? 2013-07-29T13:39:49.810

1 What form should this auxiliary verb take? 2013-08-04T09:21:42.933

1 "It needs to {be / have been} deviated for 1 minute" 2014-08-14T13:41:55.927

1 To refer to some state after somehting action has completed 2014-08-19T06:22:17.293

1 A future change in how things are seen - "will be seen" or "will have been seen" 2014-10-30T22:18:34.830

1 "I wanted/have wanted/was wanting to be a doctor since I was ten" 2014-11-12T12:17:24.383

1 present perfect progressive? 2014-11-16T22:05:14.193

1 What is this infinitive describing "to have +third form of verb" 2014-12-02T15:59:54.850

1 Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous 2015-01-13T19:32:18.430

1 He had known what I had done VS He had known what I did 2015-02-09T14:19:22.320

1 reported speech and past perfect 2015-02-24T15:31:07.273

1 "As if I had known you" vs "As if I have known you" 2015-03-02T03:47:59.150

1 when to use "should have"? 2015-05-17T22:35:38.923

1 Didn't existed or hadn't existed? 2015-08-15T13:44:32.580

1 he had it checked by the manager 2015-09-01T19:59:31.080

1 Can we use a past form of verb with present form of linking verb 'be'? 2015-09-20T07:26:20.337