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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.
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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
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přítomný čas
preesens
prezent
jelen idő
nútíð
czas teraźniejszy
presens
References in classic literature ?
Indicative mood, present tense. First person singular, I do not care; second person singular, thou dost not care; third person singular, she does not care,' returned Tom.
Mary Anne immediately hooked her right arm behind her in her left hand--an attitude absolutely necessary to the situation--and replied: 'One is indicative mood, present tense, third person singular, verb active to say.
Imperative mood, present tense: Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home, let not them go home.
'It's no matter,' said Mr Pancks, 'I merely wish to remark that the task this Proprietor has set me, has been never to leave off conjugating the Imperative Mood Present Tense of the verb To keep always at it.
Clare, like most men of his class of mind, cordially hated the present tense of action, generally; and, therefore, he was considerably annoyed by Miss Ophelia's downrightness.
We must set up the strong present tense against all the rumors of wrath, past or to come.
It seemed clear that Tom's despair under the caprices of the present tense did not constitute a nodus worthy of interference, and since this was the climax of his difficulties, where was the use of praying for help any longer?
DUBAI -- Eight-time former world squash champion Friday Jansher Khan said Pakistan proved that it is a highly responsible nation in the present tense situation with India.
KARACHI -- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah keeping in view the present tense situation on borders reviewed over all security and administrative arrangements made all over the province.
Some topics examined are relative clauses and the narrative present tense in George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett BrowningAEs present-tense poetics, and speech tags in Charles DickensAEs dialogue.
Using fashion was a way to get to the present tense, because fashion exists in the present tense," Katz said.
Writer Molly Jo Rose's descriptions made me recall my childhood basement where we would get dressed to go sledding ("Nostalgia: The past in present tense," uscatholic.org).