from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A verb tense used to express an action or a condition that occurred in or during the past. For example, in While she was sewing, he read aloud, was sewing and read are in the past tense.
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- noun grammar Past tense is the form of language used to refer to an
event, transaction, or occurrencethat did happen or has happened, or an object that existed, at a point in time before now. Compare with present tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrence which is happening now (or at the presenttime), or an object that currently exists; or with future tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrencethat has not yet happened, is expected to happen in the future, or might never happen.
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- noun a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
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