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TENSE. A term used in, grammar to denote the distinction of time.
     2. The acts of a court of justice ought to be in the present tense; as, "praeceptum est," not "preaceptum fuit;" but the acts of, the party may be in the preterperfect tense, as "venit, et protulit hic in curia quandum querelam suam;" and the continuances are in the preterperfect tense; as, "venerunt," not "veniunt." 1 Mod. 81.
     3. The contract of marriage should be made in language in the present tense. 6 Binn. Rep. 405. Vide 1 Saund. 393, n. 1.

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For the MLU controls, there was a significant interaction between finiteness and verb class, with irregular verb types significantly more likely to be used in a tensed form in obligatory past tense contexts.
Only the MLU controls, but not the children with SLI, showed a significant difference between the percentage of correct regular past tense forms and irregular past tense forms in obligatory contexts, with irregulars being supplied in a tensed form more often than regulars.
But it is not the adequacy conditions alone that Bourne uses to undermine his rival tensed theories.
Furthermore, God's cognitive perfection requires his knowledge of tensed facts; God's not knowing tensed facts would make him a less-than-maximally great Being.
The biblical and philosophically sound position would be a tensed theory of time.
Smart), which attempted to de-tense language (a) by replacing tensed expressions with appropriate dates and/or clock times (presumably without loss of meaning) or (b) by analyzing tensed expressions in terms of token reflexivity.
Mellor), which admits to the necessity of tensed language but denies any objectivity to tensed facts/events: they are still tenseless, and A-theorists have wrongly reified them.
In this book, though, Craig ably and rigorously argues for an A-theory of time, and The Tensed Theory of Time offers a comprehensive analysis and important advances on this particular theory of time.
To anticipate a likely misunderstanding, I wish to emphasize from the outset that my objections to the tenseless view must not be taken as implying support for the opposing tensed theory of time.
The first thesis is negative because it consists simply of the negation of the rival tensed theory of time--the view that the present is more real than, or ontologically privileged with respect to, the past and the future (4)--and is given in terms taken from the rival theory.
Smith first argues for the tensed theory of time (Part 1) against the "tenseless" or "eternalist" view.
He first argues that all tensed (A-) sentences are synonymous with sentences of the form "Presentness inheres in such-and-such" (chap.