past tense

noun
Updated on: 2 Mar 2018
: a verb tense expressing action or state in or as if in the past:
a : a verb tense expressive of elapsed time (such 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 (such as was writing in "I was writing while he dictated" or loved in "their sons loved fishing")

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PAST TENSE Defined for English Language Learners

past tense

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


PAST TENSE Defined for Kids

past tense

noun
: a verb tense used to express an action or state having already taken place or existed
  • The past tense of the verb “run” is “ran.”

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