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past tense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. past, past tensenoun

    a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

Wiktionary

  1. past tensenoun

    Past tense is the form of language used to refer to an event, transaction, or occurrence that did happen or has happened, or an object that existed, at a point in time before now. Compare with present tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrence which is happening now (or at the present time), or an object that currently exists; or with future tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrence that has not yet happened, is expected to happen in the future, or might never happen.

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  1. Past tense

    The past tense is a grammatical tense whose principal function is to place an action or situation in past time. In languages which have a past tense, it thus provides a grammatical means of indicating that the event being referred to took place in the past. Examples of verbs in the past tense include the English verbs sang, went and was. In some languages, the grammatical expression of past tense is combined with the expression of other categories such as mood and aspect. Thus a language may have several types of past tense form, their use depending on what aspectual or other additional information is to be encoded. French, for example, has a compound past for expressing completed events, an imperfect for expressing events which were ongoing or repeated in the past, as well as several other past forms. Some languages that mark for past tense do so by inflecting the verb, while others do so periphrastically using auxiliary verbs. Not all languages mark verbs for past tense – Mandarin Chinese, for example, mainly uses lexical means to indicate that something took place in the past, although use can also be made of the tense/aspect markers le and guo.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of past tense in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of past tense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of past tense in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Espinoza:

    Like many people, I had my doubts about whether this would be Floyd Mayweather Sr. last fight, i say that in the past tense because over the course of the last four weeks, I've changed my mind.

  2. John Smithson:

    It was a living edit, normally an edit is a past tense process, cutting material that you’ve already shot. With this, a crucial creative element was coming in until we virtually locked the film.

  3. Ry Cooder:

    If every song is in the past tense, that's a drag, so you have to predict the future.

  4. Nicolas Cage:

    We should clear the record, i read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it to come together. They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it’s no longer relevant.

  5. Isa Nichols:

    Normally an edit is a past tense process, cutting material that you’ve already shot. With this, a crucial creative element was coming in until we virtually locked the film. the things that they found out gave me more insight in terms of who this young man really was.


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