Tense (Temporality)

Since 'tense' is often used incorrectly*, we use the term 'temporality' to capture the temporal nature of a given verb conjugation: past, present or future.

Languages have to express distinctions in time, and verbs play an important role in this respect. Verb tenses have two main functions:

  1. They situate an event as happening in the present, past or future.
  2. They indicate the time at which an event happens relative to other events.
     

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*See Tense / Mood

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