tensal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

tense +‎ -al

Adjective[edit]

tensal (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) of or pertaining to grammatical tense
    • 1834, Henry Schoolcraft, Narrative of an expedition through the upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake, p. 193:
      Names which do not terminate in a vowel sound, require a vowel prefixed to the tensal inflection, rendering it obun, or ebun.
    • 1865, Francis Barham, History of the Hebrew philology, The Fortnightly Review, Volume 3, p. 571:
      If this theory be correct, it shows that the nature of the Hebrew verb, which agrees with the Syriac and Arabic verb, is rather modal than tensal, and differs widely from that of the verb in the Greek, Latin, and modern languages of Europe.
    • 2007, Carlos Quiles, A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, p. 160:
      In some participial constructions, however, an aorist participle can have either a tensal or aspectual meaning.