present vs past vs future

present

Definitions

verb

  1. perform (a play), especially on a stage
  2. introduce
  3. give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  4. formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
  5. hand over formally
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noun

  1. something presented as a gift
  2. the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
  3. a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

adjective

  1. being or existing in a specified place
  2. temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration

Examples

This came out of an investigation he was carrying out into when a ternary quartic form could be represented as the sum of five fourth powers of linear forms.

He judged the present situation badly.

We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in

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past

Definitions

adverb

  1. so as to pass a given point

noun

  1. the time that has elapsed
  2. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
  3. a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

adjective

  1. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
  2. earlier than the present time; no longer current

Examples

As he ran past, the arquebusier shouted something about Susanoo, the kami of storms, and how he was punishing them for their arrogance.

Add the toasted almond slivers and mix well before turning into the pastry case.

He had 112 helpers, many of whom had worked on some of the best fantasy movies of the past decade.

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