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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Tensing, 27, killed 43-year-old Sam DuBose in July 2015 after pulling him over a missing front license plate.
Tensing dropped his head into his hand and squeezed his eyes, while one man seated with DuBose's family hung his head and looked out at the rain.
Tensing's killing of 43-year-old Sam DuBose, (http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/watch-body-cam-video-released-in-sam-dubose-shooting) caught on video via Tensing's body camera , occurred during a traffic stop related to DuBose's missing front license plate.
Then follow the same procedure with the stomach muscles and then the buttock muscles, tensing and relaxing.
Edmund Hillary was scrupulous at the time that he and Tensing had arrived at the top of Everest together as this was an unwritten convention of mountaineers that climbers roped together arrived together.
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