present tense

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present tense (plural present tenses)

  1. (grammar) A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    "Has the #5 bus arrived yet?" "Yeah, you didn't make it." (past tense)
    "The bus is too far away. I can’t make it." (present tense)
    "I see the #5 bus across the street. I won’t make it." (future tense)

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