from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the verb tense that describes a past action or state.
- n. The verb form expressing or describing a past action or condition.
- n. A verb in the preterite form.
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- adj. showing an action at a determined moment in the past.
- n. The preterite tense, simple past tense: the grammatical tense that determines the specific initiation or termination of an action in the past.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Same as preterit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense
Once you have the command of the present tense, the preterite is then taught.
For example, I never knew what the word preterite meant until years after completing my course, although I had repeated over and over again that the preterite, or past perfect, was thus, while the imperfect was thus, without having any conception that the word preterite meant past -- that it was a past that was entirely past in the former case, and a past that was past to a less degree in the latter.
I've also made the so-called "preterite" the new default, specifying non-continuous (ie. completed) actions or states regardless of whether they were contextually meant to be past, present or future tense whereby the form may just as well have meant '(S)he carried' (past) as '(S)he will carry' (future).
Really, any verb construct that doesn't lend itself to the preterite tense should be considered with deep suspicion.
Thus, in all verbs the preterite and the past participle were the same and ended in — ED.
Imperative (prejective), conjunctive or optative (subjective), preterite or perfect (trajective), neutral indicative (objective) are grammatical necessities arising out of times and spaces.
You never may know in the preterite all perhaps that you would not believe that you ever even saw to be about to.
He preserves the peculiarity of the Ionians for the preterite tenses of verbs the aphaeresis, as where he says [Greek omitted] for [Greek omitted].
In the case of ‘leap,’ which has two preterite-forms, both employed by
All weak preterite-forms, whether indicatives or participles, have been printed with “ed” rather than “t”, participial adjectives and substantives, such as ‘past,’ alone excepted.