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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:31:27 AM
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Our kitchen sink tap is dripping. Which tense is the most natural if I want to describe the problem to a plumber?
The kitchen sink tap drips constantly.
The kitchen sink tap is dripping constantly
The kitchen sink tap has been dripping constantly?
Please explain why and which tense fits the context?
Romany
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 6:43:13 AM
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Jigneshbharati,

There's no "rule" about what one would say, specifically, to a plumber here.

It would depend on how you yourself speak; what's been said before, where in the conversation you say it, what the other person is saying. People are all individuals - there's no way of predicting correct Q & A templates for every situation one finds oneself in. Learning a language is all about using the tools one has at one's disposal; not about predicting how one would say something in the future in a real conversation.

Each one of the above sentences is correct.

This doesn't mean that, in real time (i.e. as you are sitting at your computer right now) it's possible or practical to predict how a possible conversation, in the possible future, under the possibly right conditions (that your kitchen tap really does begin to drip) might one day to go forward.

You are well-versed in tenses. You have shown this in the above sentences. Depending on the (possible) circumstances, and the tense that the (possible) person you're speaking to uses, one would have to be a mind-reader to predict what either party would say.

Have more confidence in yourself: you know how to express things in different tenses. You're ready to engage in any conversation in any tense that the conversation takes place in. Keep reminding yourself of that.

Once you're in a conversation, if you slipped in a "was" when it should be "is" one of 2 things will happen:a) the other person won't even notice. b) The other person might be confused and will then query it as they would to any native speaker: "Is?"
"Woops, sorry. I meant "was".."

and no-one would think twice about it.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 6:48:17 AM
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Thanks a lot !
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