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What is absolute-relative tense?

 

Definition
 

Absolute-relative tense is a tense

 
  • that refers to a time in relation to a temporal reference point that, in turn, is referred to in relation to the moment of utterance
  • in which the time and the reference point are not identical, and
  • the reference point and the moment of utterance are not identical.
Kinds
 
Generic
  Absolute-relative tense is a kind of
 
Source
 

Comrie 1985b 64–65


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