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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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The progressive aspect of the tenseless present participles in the novel helps the narration mingle both present and past.
However, this later stage is irrelevant at the time of Utterance in (4a) (in a tenseless participle), because the event must be ongoing at the utterance time.
In contrast, the georgic points to the present, alternating between a tenseless imperative mood and a mythological mode in which pastness is rendered inoperable as a concept.
e depending on idiolectal stylistic predilections and written variously in Devanagari as <-ka>, <-kae>, <-kaya>, and <-ke>) which is attached to a tenseless verb of a nonfinite clause in a sentence.
The closest the vignette approaches to mourning is the line that begins the list of some of her life's pleasures--"Not again shall she"--but any hint of regret gets lost then, after the "shall," in a tenseless list of friend s, lovers, and hints of a full life (16).
The passage is syntactically marked by its verblessness, allowing it to remain tenseless, non-finite.
The tenseless theory, on the other hand, employs the use of temporal relations to overcome any apparent contradictions.
What follows here is an explanation of tenselessness, its relevance to Maurice, and a reading of that novel's effort to find a tenseless form for homosexual desire.
However, the purpose of his distinction between tensed and tenseless temporal language is only to show that time is unreal.
This article considers whether the self-ascription theory can succeed in providing a tenseless (B-theoretic) account of tensed belief and timely action.
While this leaves open the possibility that presentism is false, on the grounds that all tensed theories are false, Bourne is justifiably content that if his arguments are successful then the battle between tensed and tenseless theories will be waged over presentist territory.
Our discussion is relevant to both tensed and tenseless languages, although we focus on Mandarin.