preterite


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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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pret·er·ite

or pret·er·it  (prĕt′ər-ĭt)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being the verb tense that describes a past action or state.
n.
1. The verb form expressing or describing a past action or condition.
2. A verb in the preterite form.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin (tempus) praeteritum, past (tense), neuter past participle of praeterīre, to go by : praeter, beyond, comparative of prae, before; see per in Indo-European roots + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

preterite

(ˈprɛtərɪt) grammar or

preterit

n
1. (Grammar) a tense of verbs used to relate past action, formed in English by inflection of the verb, as jumped, swam
2. (Grammar) a verb in this tense
adj
(Grammar) denoting this tense
[C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterīre to go by, from preter- + īre to go]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preterite - a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense
past tense, past - a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
Translations
preterit
preteritum

preterite

[ˈpretərɪt] N (Ling) → pretérito m

preterite

[ˈpretərɪt] nprétérit m

preterite

, (esp US) preterit
adj verbim Imperfekt; (in English) → im Präteritum; preterite formImperfekt-/Präteritumsform f; the preterite tensedas Imperfekt, das Präteritum
nImperfekt nt, → Präteritum nt; in the preteriteim Imperfekt/Präteritum

preterite

[ˈprɛtrɪt] n(tempo) passato, preterito
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However, the authors show surprise that Catalan uses the present paradigm of anar 'to go' to form the preterite, when there exist in English many expressions like So he goes and drives into a fence, a dramatic or graphic use of the present tense to allude to past events.
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If Nicholas is simply reflecting on events, then the present tense interjections in the novel have no priority; they offer no point upon which to anchor the preterite. Past and present are not temporally distinct from each other in the world of the story.
In Spanish, data from a subset of Spanish infinitives (n = 511) taken from a Spanish database that contains over 175,000 word types (LEXESP; Sebastian-Galles, Marti, Carreiras, & Cuetos, 2000) revealed that 81% of the verbs were regular and 19% were irregular verbs in the Preterite.
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