Future tense and past perfect tense together?

Police will have the pictures enlarged in an attempt to identify the thief. This sentence include two tenses. The former one is will for the future tense and the other is past perfect future tense. How can it happen and what’s the grammar behind it? Thanks. Answer There is no such thing as a “past … Read more

Shouldn’t the first verb in “she died before I was born” be in the past perfect?

Quote from English book: Sadly, I never got to meet her because she died before I was born. I think it should be: Sadly, I never got to meet her because she “had” died before I was born. I think it should be in past perfect because the death took place before the birth and … Read more

American dialects: Replacing the past-perfect participle with the simple-past form

I have come across some American media (The Alternate History Hub youtube channel comes to mind) in which the perfect participle and the simple-past form have been merged. For example, we would have: “We’ve driven there before” -> “We’ve drove there before” “I would’ve sunk” -> “I would’ve sank“ “I’ve swum that distance before” -> … Read more

Usage of Past Perfect Tense

By way of introduction, he said that when he was younger he had worked for a construction company. Hello, In this sentence, I would like to know why past perfect tense is used for “he had worked”. Is it because of “he said”? I learned past perfect tense is used for marking two events are … Read more

Difference between have been + ing and ed

What is the difference between following sentences, which is correct to express the present situation (I am into GRM) I have been associated with GRM I have been associating with GRM Answer “have been” is past participle so you would use past tense “associated”. “am” is present participle so you would use present tense “associating”. … Read more

‘Are’ or ‘were’ examples (in the past)?

If a group of deceased persons stand out as a good example in the past, and that their example is definitely worth following now, do I say that they ‘were’ good examples to us; or do I say that they ‘are’ good examples to us ? Answer You would say they “are good examples” because … Read more

Is “had had” correct here?

In the following passage, I am (for now) using “…had had…” (bolded below for easier findability). Is my usage that way correct? I’m not using a single “had” because it was a temporary name for his father. YOUNG MAN AFRAID OF HIS HORSES Living from 1836 to 1893, Sioux chief Young-Man-Afraid-of-His-Horses, was far from being … Read more