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English definition of “tense”

tense

noun [C] (VERB FORM)   /tens/
grammar any of the forms of a verb which show the time at which an action happened : "I sing " is in the present tense and shows action happening now, and "I will sing " is in the future tense, showing action that will happen later .
(Definition of tense noun (VERB FORM) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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