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What is present tense?



Present tense is an absolute tense that refers to the moment of utterance. It often refers to events or states that do not merely coincide with the moment of utterance, such as those that are

  • continuous
  • habitual, or
  • lawlike.
  Present tense is a kind of

Hartmann and Stork 1972 183


Comrie 1985b 36–40


Mish 1991 930

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