simple tense

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simple tense (plural simple tenses)

  1. (grammar) In English, the tense of a verb which is used specifically in the simple aspect--that is, the verb alone does not indicate whether the action is complete or habitual--and is usually used independently of any auxiliary verbs, with the known exceptions of 'will', 'shall', and 'would'.
    Present tense is a simple tense, even when used in complex ways, such as to describe past events.
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For details of the uses of these constructions, as well as additional verb forms representing different grammatical moods, see Uses of English verb forms on Wikipedia.Wikipedia