past historic tense

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past historic tense

  1. (grammar) A tense used in some languages (such as French and Italian) in narrative, and in spoken language primarily when reading narrative or in storytelling, for completed actions in the past or in speaking of the dead. It is semantically the same as the simple past in many languages, including English.

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In Southern Italy, the past historic is used more acceptably in spoken discourse.

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