preterite

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English[edit]

Examples
  • Preterite: I went
  • Present: I go
  • Future: I will go

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Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*h₁ey-

Recorded since 1340, from Old French preterit (13th century), from Latin praeteritum (as in tempus praeteritum ‎(time past)), the past participle of praetereō ‎(I go by, go past), itself from praeter ‎(beyond, before, above, more than) (comparative of prae ‎(before)) + itum (the past participle of ‎(I go)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɹɛtəɹət/, /pɹɛtəɹɪt/

Adjective[edit]

preterite ‎(not comparable)

  1. (grammar, of a tense) showing an action at a determined moment in the past.
  2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
    • Lowell
      Things and persons as thoroughly preterite as Romulus or Numa.

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Noun[edit]

preterite ‎(plural preterites)

  1. (grammar) The preterite tense, simple past tense: the grammatical tense that determines the specific initiation or termination of an action in the past.

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