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For an instant the King stood as tense and white as though the hand of death had reached out and touched his heart with its icy fingers.
Give me the verb `to be,' potential mood, past perfect tense.
Both men were clutching each other in a tense embrace; no blows were being struck at all.
HE was a young man, not more than twenty-four or five, and he might have sat his horse with the careless grace of his youth had he not been so catlike and tense.
By three in the afternoon the strain of the piece-workers in the humid, heated room grew tense.
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.
The relations among the men, strained and made tense by feuds, quarrels and grudges, were in a state of unstable equilibrium, and evil passions flared up in flame like prairie- grass.
The tense in the belief that "this occurred" is provided by the nature of the belief-feeling involved in memory; the word "this," as we have seen, has a vagueness which we have tried to describe.
Before we reached the stable, I felt something tense in her silence, and glancing up I saw that she was crying.
The patched and dirty spankers were tense before the wind, and up aloft the little ship seemed carrying every sail she had.
Jim's ears were standing erect upon his head and every muscle of his big body was tense as he trotted toward home.
As I stood there, tense and silent, listening for the first faint sound that should announce the approach of my enemies, a slight noise from within the cave's black depths attracted my attention.