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the past tensenoun [S]

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used to ​describeverbforms 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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(Definition of the past tense from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the past tense”
in Chinese (Simplified) 过去时, 一般过去时…
in Chinese (Traditional) 過去式, 簡單過去式…
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