past tense


past tense

noun

grammar : a verb tense that is used to refer to the past

Full Definition of PAST TENSE

:  a verb tense expressing action or state in or as if in the past:
a :  a verb tense expressive of elapsed time (as wrote in on arriving I wrote a letter)
b :  a verb tense expressing action or state in progress or continuance or habitually done or customarily occurring at a past time (as was writing in I was writing while he dictated or loved in their sons loved fishing)

First Known Use of PAST TENSE

1813

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