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Synonyms for preterite

a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense


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It is possible to assume that a similar situation took place in the course of the history of English, except that the forms of the preterite subjunctive in the present context and the forms of the preterite indicative started to overlap (2).
He uses the word "still" in both instances to indicate the continuance of his belief, a continuance that can only occur and is only important if he is writing from a time chronologically distinct from the preterite of "did" and "felt.
The synthetic preterite forms in the conditional and the quotative
And yet of course the phonological features of preterite tense-structure marking reach back to eras of Indo-European language formation long before the development of Christian doctrine in any form.
And each, in their own minor progress towards consecration in the Word, as each is embraced by their discursive and teleogical double--their guardian angel (or spectre), as it were--bequeaths their own "life & times", their own, spare counterhagiography, chronicles not of history's victors and insiders and saints but of history's outsiders, or in the providential idiom, chronicles not of the elect but preterite, no longer passed over by the angel of meaning.
The preterite was hardly on the horizon, nor was the participle.
Discussing The Stranger, Barthes detected in Camus's rejection of the preterite tense and of the third-person narrative, in his eschewal of a certain analogical use of the adjective, an attempt to deliver himself from the myth of literature.
New elements can and sometimes must be introduced, as in the case of aspectual choice between the preterite and the imperfect in Romance languages.
Indirectal verb forms in literary Estonian Indirectal quotative present and preterite means of [olevat; olevat + nud-/tud-participle olnuvat] expression Indicative personal or impersonal present perfect [on + nud-/tud-participle] Indicative personal or impersonal past perfect [oli + nud-/tud-participle] Indirectal Predicate participle infinite [nud-/tud-participle] forms da-infinitive [1) -da; 2) -da + nud-/tud-participle] Indirectal Past simple of the modal verb pidama with ma-infinitive modal [pidi + ma-infinitive] verbs Da-infinitive and ma-infinitive of the modal verb pidama [pidada + ma-infinitive] Perception verb kuulukse with vat-infinitive [kuulukse + vat-infinitive] Table 4.
60) Ancient Greek had two simple past tenses (plus perfect tenses), imperfect and aorist, corresponding to the modern Spanish imperfect and preterite, or the French imperfait and passe simple.
Terrell (133) also suggests that beginning students need not learn all the tenses for basic communication, and proposes the presentation of five forms in Spanish: the present indicative, infinitive, preterite, imperfect, and gerund.
This could also be phrased as an act of mourning, and praeteritio is, in many ways, a figure of mourning, as enfolded within it is a sense of a time irrevocably past--the preterite tense--which is, at the same time, both recalled and confirmed as being past.
To take one example from the present volume, if the form prinas on one of the pieces of pottery from La Graufesenque is a third singular preterite 'bought', it would mean that the Gaulish verbal system was fundamentally more distant from Proto-Celtic in the first century AD than was Old Irish in the eighth and ninth.
I spent the weekend happily slaving over a hot Spanish dictionary, sorting out the preterite from the imperfect, distinguishing por from para and trying to master the not one but two verbs "to be".
Pynchon's vocabulary was fantastically recondite, and I still have the notebook in which I jotted down the meanings of oneiric, abreaction, runcible spoon, hebephrenics, Antinomian, rachitic, velleity, preterite, and a couple dozen other words impossible to use in ordinary conversation.