preteritive

preteritive

(prɪˈtɛrɪtɪv)
adj
(Grammar) (of a verb) having only past tense forms
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La consommation est toujours en avance sur elle-meme, preteritive elle ne cesse de s'anticiper.
It is a figure that appears quite frequently in Atala, such as in a second preteritive remark that occurs immediately after the passage above, as le Pere Aubry continues to console Atala:
We will return to certain details in these two passages, but for now we can note the general importance of such preteritive gestures in Atala, which seem to be symptoms of a larger paradox posed by Chateaubriand's writing: how to speak of the unspeakable, how to speak of that which must necessarily be kept silent or which cannot be spoken of, or conversely, how to avoid speaking of that which one cannot help but speak of?