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Why is there no past tense in this sentences predicative? [duplicate]

今、来たところなので、まだその話は、聞いていません。 => "Because I came around just now, I don't hear that story yet." I'm confused because in the subclause 今、来たところなので there is past tense, and in the main clause there is ...
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Is 寝る a stative or active verb?

Looking at past questions I am still confused with the answers given: The answer to this post suggests that 寝る is a continuation of some state. 昨日も全然寝てない。 Yesterday I didn't sleep at all. ...
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What are differences between 帰ってなかった and 帰らなかった

I'm new to Japanese. I have learned that 帰らなかった is the past negative of 帰る. Later, I found 帰ってなかった which I don't know what is it.
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Is the negative potential of 書く used in this sentence and what is its meaning?

I am reading a manga and a girl is showing her tutor that she "started her test." All she has is her name written down. Here is the sentence. お前しか書けてないがいいぞ. I believe the tutor has said this. The ...
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How to use ておらん in lines like 食べておらん?

I heard one of these in Anime. It was translated as "I didn't eat your soul". お前の魂は食べておらん お前の魂は食べてはおらん I've read online that ておらん is an overproud version of 食べていない. I'd like to know how should ...
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What is the difference between 行きます and 行ってきます (ました、ません etc)?

When talking with a friend in Japanese, they said "行ってないです", they cannot explain why it's different from "行きません/でした". As far as I'm aware, I'm not sure what the difference would be in terms of it ...
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Confused with verb form ( I am eating vs I was eating, vs I haven’t eaten (yet))

So i came across this question and I can’t seem to get my head around it! Sorry if it’s obvious. I learned that the progressive form for a verb (-ing ) is the ーて form + (-いる/-います) . So I am eating ...
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Negative Past Tense

I was reading a book and ran into the following sentence: 「 聞こえたか聞こえないかというくらいの音だ。」 It's supposed to mean something along the lines of "The sound was so quiet that I wasn't even sure if I heard it or ...
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Understanding てきている and the difference between てきた and てきている

燎子とてASTの隊長。魔術師として、それなりに修羅場を潜ってきてはいる。 <プリンセス>や<ハーミット>など、何体もの精霊との戦いに、DEM日本支社を舞台とした乱戦、それら全てを、無傷とは言わないまでも生き残ってきた。 けれど、そんな燎子をしても、この光景は異常に過ぎたのである。 いつもの戦闘とは、あまりにも様相が、規模が違い過ぎる。街の上空全域を舞台とした大混戦。 I know the ...
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te form negative vs negative form (HW: やっていない, why not やらなかった or やっていなかった)

I've been studying Japanese here in Tokyo from scratch for a good 2 months now. I've been struggling with daily conversation but I try to improve each day by studying. Lately, I am trying to ...
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Usage of ている in Punctual Verbs in Japanese and the Concept of Present Perfect in English

EDIT: Status of the Ques Answer to 1st Ques has been given by ナルトさん. But any new answers or thoughts or suggestions are really appreciated!! Answer to 2nd can be extended, as only a touchstone was ...
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Passive Verb + みる

A comment in one of my previous questions (Why is a verb in the past (た形) contradicted with ~ていない?) contained the following sentence (fragment?): 言われてみると不思議...。 I'm not entirely certain what this ...
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謙譲語:お「verb stem」する

男:今朝の新聞、お読みになりましたか。 女:いえ、お読みしませんでした。 According to my textbook, this response is incorrect? Why? I thought this pattern is 謙譲語 and suitable. Are there additional rules around this pattern that I'm ...
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What should I use 来ません or 来ません でした

What is correct answer for the question もう ジョンさんは 来ましたか。 いいえ, まだ ジョンさんは 来ません。 or いいえ, まだ ジョンさんは 来ません でした。
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What is the reason leading to the difference in tense used for affirmative and negative statements in the construction V~ほうがいい

In the construction of a suggestion statement with V~ほうがいい, the past (perfect) tense is used for the affirmative (according to this and this, the present tense can also be used for general advice), ...

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