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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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Oh, it is the saddest tense," sighed Rebecca with a little break in her voice; "nothing but IFS, IFS, IFS
The muscles of his body were tense, and as he moved about she could see them bunch up and writhe and crawl like live things under the white skin.
So tense was he, so bent upon the work he had to do, that the sweat stung his eyes unwiped, and unheeded rolled down his nose and spattered his saddle pommel.
The tense thread of human resolution snapped; wills and nerves broke down, and a hundred women suspended their irons or dropped them.
It was tense and hoarse with an overmastering rage.
The Rhetoric of Tenses in Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations
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use simple, perfect, and progressive tenses appropriately;
Alas, we couldn't find any such tenses in grammar texts, so we eagerly anticipate your advice on how best to describe this complicated conundrum.