Definition of the past tense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the past tense

BrE BrE//ðə ˌpɑːst ˈtens//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌpæst ˈtens//
(also the past) [singular] (grammar)
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the form of a verb used to describe actions in the past The past tense of ‘take’ is ‘took’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the past tense

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