Use of the present perfect for repetitive actions

I’ve already searched a lot on the web, but still can’t figure out one specific example. For instance: Mary has been to England twice. Alice has been to the cinema twice this week. (= The week is still not over) I completely understand why we use the present perfect in the above sentences. But here … Read more

What are the tense and aspect of this sentence?

What is the tense of the verb in the sentence? He is beaten. And what is its aspect? Answer Some grammars regard aspect in English as the distinction between progressive (also known as continuous) aspect and simple (or non-progressive). Others regard the perfect as an aspect, providing a four-way distinction: simple, perfect, progressive, and progressive … Read more

What is imperfective and perfective in English?

I know both of them are categorized under aspect, but do imperfective refer to "was doing" and perfective refer to "have done"? Then how about "have been doing" and "is doing"? What do they belong to? Answer Different grammarians categorise things differently: In traditional grammar and many EFL/ESL courses, constructions such as the present perfect … Read more

What is the tense of “wasn’t interrupted”

So I’m writing a book and English is not my native language. As I’ve gotten deeper into the writing process I noticed that I’m almost randomly choosing between past tenses without making much logic (which I realized 20 pages into the book). Therefore, I started relearning all the English tenses in an attempt to proofread … Read more

Progessive or simple aspect?

Is he still smoking? vs Does he still smoke? Which aspect would be correct, progessive or simple? In my opinion, the first question sounds somehow better, however, I think the second question is grammatically more correct, as smoking is a habit simple aspect should be used… Answer They are both grammatically correct. “Does he still … Read more