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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    present or past tense before just now?

    Which is correct?

    The boys (are/were) in the shop just now.

    My mother (is/was) baking a cake this morning.

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    #2

    Re: present or past tense before just now?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Some people use "just now" to mean "now" or "right now". In BrE, it generally means "a few moments ago". On that basis, I would use the past tense with it. "The boys were in the shop just now".

    With your second example, it depends whether it is still morning. If it is still morning and your mother is still currently making the cake or hasn't started it yet but will start it before noon, then you can say "My mother is baking a cake this morning" (note that we sometimes use the present tense to denote the future). If it is now afternoon and your mother finished baking the cake this morning, then "My mother was baking a cake this morning" is possible. "My mother baked a cake this morning" is better.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: present or past tense before just now?

    In Irish English "The boys are in the shop just now" would be perfectly OK.

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