How to treat negation in the perfect

(1) We haven’t spoken since the incident. If the negation is regarded as being included in the situation described by the perfect, the perfect haven’t spoken can be said to have a continuative/universal reading, because the perfect haven’t spoken describes the situation of not speaking that continues from the incident up to now. On the … Read more

Is the sentence “Lúthien was fled.” in Tolkien’s Silmarillion an example of perfect tense using “to be” as the auxiliary verb?

Or is “fled” an adjective here? Some automated process is saying to me: “Your question has been identified as a possible duplicate of another question. If the answers there do not address your problem, please edit to explain in detail the parts of your question that are unique.” I’m to answer to the charge that … Read more

Which tense would be correct in this context?

Since I moved to my parents’ old house, I have been going to work by bus. Is this tense correct? I am currently living in that house, so I believe a perfect tense is the right one, and I assume that it must be progressive since this is happening everyday…? Answer Present perfect progressive tense … Read more

Are both forms possible? Present perfect vs progressive

I’d like to know if both sentences could be possible. We’ve gone / We’ve been going to the same dentist since we were children. You’ve worn / You’ve been wearing that coat for years. Thank you in advance. Answer I would go with the present perfect progressive here (the second set of options). The present … Read more

Using the Progressive Form of Be for a State of the Mind and Lately in Present Continuous

Firstly, is the following sentence correct? My brother is being unusually nervous lately. If correct, how is being nervous behavior? We usually use the progressive of be to describe a behavior or an action, not states of the mind. Secondly, I have read in both Longman and the Oxford dictionary that you use only present … Read more

Is it ok to say “something I will have come to learn later in the course”?

I have written It lacks exact references to the book, something about argumentative analysis I will have come to learn later in the course. I wonder if this is correct and what this tense would be called. Perhaps it would be called “future past future perfect”? Answer According to the Cambridge Dictionary it is future … Read more

“He is said to have known peo­ple” vs “He is said to know peo­ple”?

I came aross a ques­tion like this: As a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, he is said ________ some very in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. to know to have known There are two avail­able an­swers to this ques­tion. The first is to know and the other is to have known. I chose the first ver­sion, to know, but it said … Read more

Should we use [had been walking] or [had walking] in particular sentence

My hair was wet. I ______ in the rain. Which should I put in ? [had been walking] or [had walking] and why ? just I don’t see any differences between both options. Answer The only possible form is ‘had been walking’. It is Past Perfect Continuous Tense, which is used to describe a process … Read more

previously was/had been

So I asked a question that I knew I had asked a long time ago and actually made me think… “Am I the only one whose program went back to how it previously was or not?” The aforementioned quotation was my question and I started thinking if it should be “how it previously had been” … Read more