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    Question the meaning of "simple" in "the simple present"

    Hi there: I have a question about the name of a grammatical term. In the "simple present" and the "simple past, (or the "simple tense forms"), what's the meaning of "simple"? does it mean "easy", or "mere"; or "plain", or whatever. in my opinion, the meaning should be the opposite of "compound", e.g; "mere". could you help me? thank you

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    Smile Re: the meaning of "simple" in "the simple present"

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: I have a question about the name of a grammatical term. In the "simple present" and the "simple past, (or the "simple tense forms"), what's the meaning of "simple"? does it mean "easy", or "mere"; or "plain", or whatever. in my opinion, the meaning should be the opposite of "compound", e.g; "mere". could you help me? thank you
    In terms of grammar, simple means denoting a tense formed without the auxiliary be.

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