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    Nothing but past present

    Hello,

    I have got a question that is a little bit bizzare and very unconventional, I think. As we know, languages develop and evolve as the days go by and I want to ask native speakers (chiefly teachers and academics will have something to say, I guess) if they can imagine one day there will be an English language that will do only with one past tense, past perfect (as it is usual in many foreign languages).

    Thanks a lot (and sorry if my question sounds strange; but it really interests me )
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    Re: Nothing but past present

    I doubt that English will ever get there. Your title should have been "past perfect"

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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Most European languages that I know of have at least three tenses for talking about past situations: an imperfect, a perfect and a pluperfect.

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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I doubt that English will ever get there. Your title should have been "past perfect"
    You are right, my fault.
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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Most European languages that I know of have at least three tenses for talking about past situations: an imperfect, a perfect and a pluperfect.
    My native language has only one past tense (like Slovak or Polish, for example).
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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    My native language has only one past tense.
    It's no wonder my Czech learners had problems with a sentence like:

    My wife has never forgotten the time she was walking through a wood when she met a man who had been looking for mushrooms and had come face to face with a boar.
    Last edited by Piscean; 15-Oct-2015 at 07:53. Reason: formatting tidied

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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Welsh apparently has six past tenses, although some grammar experts here may not consider some of them to be true tenses. However, I don't know enough to re-classify them beyond their titles.

    1. Preterite (form 1)
    2. Preterite (form 2)
    3. Perfect
    4. Imperfect continuous
    5. Imperfect habitual
    6. Durative

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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    Welsh apparently has six past tenses, although some grammar experts here may not consider some of them to be true tenses. However, I don't know enough to re-classify them beyond their titles.

    1. Preterite (form 1)
    2. Preterite (form 2)
    3. Perfect
    4. Imperfect continuous
    5. Imperfect habitual
    6. Durative
    Six past tenses? Oh my gosh ... !
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    Re: Nothing but past present

    I'm past worrying about such things.

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    Re: Nothing but past present

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    My native language has only one past tense (like Slovak or Polish, for example).
    The Polish language has two past tenses, the perfect and imperfect ones.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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