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What is tense?

 

Definition
 

Tense is a grammatical category, typically marked on the verb, that deictically refers to the time of the event or state denoted by the verb in relation to some other temporal reference point.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of tenses:
 
Generic
  Tense is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 352–353

 

Givón 1984 272

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 235

 

Nida 1949 167

 

Comrie 1985b 9

 

Mish 1991 1216


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