present tense


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present tense

The present tense is mostly used to identify the action of a verb as taking place in the present time. However, depending on which way we form the present tense, it can also be used to describe things that happened in the past, or even certain events that are planned to happen in the future.
There are four forms of the Present Tense that can accomplish these tasks.
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pres·ent tense

 (prĕz′ənt)
n.
The verb tense expressing action in the present time, as in She writes; she is writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.present tense - a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
historical present - the use of the present tense to describe past actions or states
Translations
přítomný čas
preesens
prezent
jelen idő
nútíð
czas teraźniejszy
presens
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