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What is a preterit?

 

Definition
 

A preterit, in traditional terminology, is a simple past tense not marked for aspect or modality.

Generic
  A preterit is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 184

 

Crystal 1987 428

 

Mish 1991 932

 

Richards, Platt, and Weber 1985 209


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