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Hi there, I have just completed an exercise concerning 'Time References,' but I am not sure if I am on the right track. Some were a bit tricky. I think that they are mostly correct (well, I hope so). It would be great, if someone could have a look at them and let me know how I have done.
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Time References

Paying particular attention to the highlighted verbs, please look at the following sentences and decide whether the time refers to the present, the past, the future or all three

1. When you see her, will you say hello from me? - Future
2. It always snows in winter in my hometown. - All
3. I'll fix the car when I arrive home. - Future
4. She walks in, comes right up to me and says... - Past
5. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. - All
6. The next train leaves at 10.30. - Future
7. Squirrels hibernate in the winter. - All
8. If Amy calls, tell her that I'm in a meeting. - Present
9. I'll phone as soon as we get there. - Future
10. I bumped into my ex-boyfriend yesterday and he said: "Where's that fiver you owe me?" - Past
11. Aliens Fly Over Roswell - All
12. From what I can see, the team looks incredibly well rested, ready to take on their opponents. - A commentator speaks before a match - Present
13. Butterflies come from caterpillars. - All
14. Right, DeNiro enters from the left and approaches Pacino who is sitting on the chair.
- A film director sets up a scene - Future
15. Mark writes for two hours every day. - All
16. We stand on a beach hand in hand. "You will travel far," she tells me. - From a novel - Present
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She walks in, comes right up to me and says -past

This isn't past tense. If it said walked in, came right up to me, and said, then it would be past tense. But it's being said in the present.

This would be true if you were asked to name the tense but the question asks for the meaning and not the tense. Therefore "past" is correct, as the speaker is recounting something that has happened to them in the past.

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Hello, you did a good job for the most part, except for one error and maybe two.

She walks in, comes right up to me and says -past

This isn't past tense. If it said walked in, came right up to me, and said, then it would be past tense. But it's being said in the present.

Right, DeNiro enters from the left and approaches Pacino who is sitting on the chair.
- A film director sets up a scene - Future

This is actually spoken of in the present tense. If it's future tense, then you will see averb like will*, or *is going to*. Deniro *will* enter from the left. or Deniro *is going to enter in from the left.

Also, for the sake of clarification, I'm going to assume that when you say all, you are referring to the simple present tense. We use the simple present tense to state general facts.
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Most are fine, but:
jeroden25048. If Amy calls, tell her that I'm in a meeting. - Present
Future. She hasn't called yet.
jeroden250411. Aliens Fly Over Roswell - All
You could be right. It could also be a newspaper headline, in which case it refers to the past.
jeroden250416. We stand on a beach hand in hand. "You will travel far," she tells me. - From a novel - Present
If it's from a novel, it's almost certainly a 'dramatic/historic' use of the present tense to talk about the past.
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