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Every morning I go for a walk.
Every morning I'm going for a walk.

Use the simple present (and not the present continuous) to express a present habitual action.

Use the present continuous to express a habitual action with the word always or with a verb denoting a continuous state: He is always talking in class; He is living in London.

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The train had already left before I arrived.
The train already left before I arrived.

Use the past perfect when the time of one past action is more past than that of another. Put the action which was completed first in the past perfect and the second action in the past tense.

Don't use the present tense and the past perfect in the same sentence. It would be incorrect to say: My brother says that he had not gone to the cinema last night.

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I'm understanding the lesson now.
I understand the lesson now.

As a rule, verbs denoting a state rather than an act have no continuous forms, like understand, know, believe, like, love, belong, prefer, consist, mean, hear, see, etc.

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Janine talks as if she knew everything.
Janine talks as if she knows everything.

Use the past tense after the phrase as if or as though. He talks as if he knew everything, means He talks as he would talk if he knew everything.

Use the subjective were with the verb to be after as if: He acts as if he were a rich man.

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Last Sunday Alisa told me that she might come.
Last Sunday Alisa told me that she may come.

May changes to might in subordinate clauses, when the verb in the main clause is in the past simple tense.

The conjunction that is never preceded by a comma.

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