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What is present tense?

 

Definition
 

Present tense is an absolute tense that refers to the moment of utterance. It often refers to events or states that do not merely coincide with the moment of utterance, such as those that are

 
  • continuous
  • habitual, or
  • lawlike.
Generic
  Present tense is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 183

 

Comrie 1985b 36–40

 

Mish 1991 930


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