past tense


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past tense

The past tense is used to describe or indicate an action that began in the past. Depending on how we form the past tense, it might describe actions that happened or were completed in the past, were occurring at the same time as something else in the past, or continued to happen until or near the present time.
There are four forms of the Past Tense that can accomplish these tasks.
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past tense

n.
A verb tense used to express an action or a condition that occurred in or during the past. For example, in He read aloud while she was sewing, the verb read and the verb phrase was sewing are in the past tense.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.past tense - a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
preterit, preterite - a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense
Translations
minulý čas
imperfekti
múlt idő
þátíð

past tense

npassato
in the past tense → al passato
References in classic literature ?
I have related it in the past tense, but the present would be the fitter form, for again and again the somber tragedy reenacts itself in my consciousness--over and over I lay the plan, I suffer the confirmation, I redress the wrong.
I make mention of the race, as of the Yorkshire schoolmasters, in the past tense.
By the way, the questions were all written in the past tense.
They're not in the past tense," retorted Aunt Jamesina.
I have to speak of him in the past tense, for gone is Oliver from the Gardens (gone to Pilkington's) but he is still a name among us, and some lordly deeds are remembered of him, as that his father shaved twice a day.
60} Here the writer, knowing that she is drawing (with embellishments) from things actually existing, becomes impatient of past tenses and slides into the present.
The third rule is past tense of verbs usually end in "d" or "-ed.
It discusses grammarians of the time, including Smith and James Harris; the convergence of moral philosophy with economic and political discourse and the use of the present simple in assertions about the unchanging human nature in the domain of commerce and other social actions; the use of the past tense in historical discourse; how the continuum of historical progress at the level of society or nations is constructed using the present perfect to establish a continuous and enduring state from the past to the present; and the use of the present simple to set up a normative or ideal pattern of economic interaction, along with the future tense predicting the movement of the pattern.
Even in England and other countries the whole planet over in which English has developed into the mother tongue and - as in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - even as the language of commerce, education, government, industry and supplication to the denizen of heaven, the word paid is known to almost every English speaker only as the past tense form of the verb to pay, which means to part with some hard value in order to acquire an equivalent value, whether hard or 'soft'.
There is no simple rule on how to make a past tense of irregular verbs.
You're talking in the past tense,' he told Variety.