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    what is present tense?

    Is present tense past, now, or future. I'm not sure myself. Would I use now as my present tense. Let me know. Thanks.

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    Re: what is present tense?

    A good question. If you are talking about the Present Tense form of any verb, you can find that in a verb table. If you are talking about the usage of the Present Tense verb form, I suggest you google 'Aktionsart'.

    The Present Tense verb form does not always indicate 'now'.

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    Re: what is present tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post

    The Present Tense verb form does not always indicate 'now'.
    A very important point!

    In fact, present progressive (I am watching, he is reading, she is performing surgery) indicates "now."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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