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What is relative nonfuture tense?

 

Definition
 

Relative nonfuture tense is a relative tense that refers to a time simultaneous to, or before, a contextually determined temporal reference point, regardless of the latter's relation to the moment of utterance.

Examples (English)
 
  • Those persons [that are] successful in completing the course will receive a certificate.
  • The people entering the stadium received a program.
Generic
  Relative nonfuture tense is a kind of
 
Source
 

Comrie 1985b 124–125


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