the present


: a verb tense that is used to refer to the present time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the present, the group fought and clawed — albeit in a losing effort — against a scrappy Commodores squad. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2023 Strangely, the tension between past and present, the power of the past to dominate the present, is the movie’s main theme and ideological focus. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2023 When the adult siblings reconnect, both must come to terms with a traumatic past to discover how to be there for each other in the present. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 In 2015, the mural expanded to represent the present Latinx population in the neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 In the present, Ellie is desperately trying to save Joel’s life after he was stabbed last episode. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 27 Feb. 2023 In the present, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie’s journey to a lab that can study Ellie’s immunity has come to a halt after Joel is hurt in an attack. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2023 While in the present, Ellie rejects Joel’s request, grabs a needle and thread, and attempts to sew up his wound. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2023 Mindfulness, or staying in the present moment, reduces those emotions and facilitates acceptance. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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“The present.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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