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What is past tense?

 

Definition
 

Past tense is an absolute tense that refers to a time before the moment of utterance.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of past tense:
 
Generic
  Past tense is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 166

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 162

 

Mish 1991 861


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