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Which is Correct “Are” or “Were”? When to Use Each Conjugation

“Are” and “were” are both “to be” verbs, but you cannot use them interchangeably. Since misusing these verbs can create confusion, let’s look at when which is correct: “are” or “were”? You should use “are” when the subject of your sentence is plural or from the second-person point of view (i.e., “you”) and in the …

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Can You Use “Just” With the Past Perfect Tense?

Understanding the various past tense forms in English can make even the most studied speakers feel like they are trying to master rocket science. How can you be sure which words to use and when to use them?  You can use the word “just” with past perfect tense. The past perfect tense indicates that one …

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Simpler or More Simple: Understanding the Comparative Form

In today’s world of technological advances, we can often wish for more simple times. Since we are comparing time periods here, we can also wish for simpler times. These both sound correct, but what is the comparative of “simple” — are times simpler or more simple? “Simpler” and “more simple” are both legitimate comparative forms …

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