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the past tense

noun [S] uk   us  
used to describe verb forms in many languages used for actions that have now finished. It is used by some people to refer to the past simple in English: Add -ed to all these verbs to put them in the past tense. I think her husband must be dead - she always talks about him in the past tense.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 過去式, 簡單過去式…
in Chinese (Simplified) 过去时, 一般过去时…
(Definition of the past tense from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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