“If I was to” vs. “If I were to” [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 8 years ago. Possible Duplicate: “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct? If I was to sum up my computer knowledge in one word, it would be “destitute”. If I were to sum up my computer knowledge in one word, … Read more

“I said I would/will go” — which one is correct? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 8 years ago. Possible Duplicate: Usage of “will” and “would” I said I will go. I said I would go. Which one is correct? Answer It depends on punctuation. The first needs to be written as I said ‘I will go’. That shows that the speaker is reporting … Read more

Present perfect or past simple – “the best movie I (saw/’ve seen) this year”

I know the rule is to use past simple when you specify the time when the described action happened, but I strangely dislike this sentence and I’m not sure if the rule applies: “It’s the best movie I saw this year“. Shouldn’t it be: “It’s the best movie I’ve seen this year“? Please, could you … Read more

When do I use present perfect tense instead of the simple past? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: How do the tens­es and as­pects in English cor­re­spond tem­po­ral­ly to one an­oth­er? (7 answers) How to correctly use the present perfect tense (1 answer) Closed 6 years ago. I’ve finished my work. I finished my work. When do I use one or the other? Answer It’s a subtle … Read more

Which is proper usage: “What I’ve Learned” or “What I learned”? [closed]

Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Add details and clarify the problem by editing this post. Closed 7 years ago. Improve this question I’m having argument with a colleague of mine over which statement is more correct. I figured the English language gurus … Read more

Someone who {shaped / has shaped / had shaped} policy for 20 years

First a little history before I pose my question. Without this history my question may not fully make sense. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a stroke in 1995. After this stroke, Crown Prince Abdullah governed in the king’s name for about ten years, after which Abdullah officially ascended to the throne until his (Abdullah’s) … Read more

Past simple vs present perfect in this example

Could you explain to me please what is the difference between these. It is meant to express that I will let him know AFTER I picked/have picked a car. I’ll let you know which one I picked I’ll let you know which one I’ve picked The present perfect, its because its shifted from future present? … Read more

Past Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and the Simple Past. They have been a little confusing. During the 1950s, the Detroit area emerges as a metropolitan … Read more

Past simple vs past perfect; British- vs American English

According to this site the use of past simple and present perfect is quite strict in British English, while in American English you can normally use simple past instead of present perfect: In British English, the use of Simple Past and Present Perfect is quite strict. As soon as a time expression in the past … Read more