Past Tense (definition)

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The past tense refers to an action that happened before the phrase was said or written. In English the past tense is usually formed by suffixing -ed to the verb form. In Gaelic, the past tense is typically indicated with lenition of the first consonant of verb sometimes accompanied by the presence of the particle do.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.