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What is tense?



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.

  Here are some kinds of tenses:
  Tense is a kind of

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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