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Definition and Function of Tense

Time is a physical fenomenon, by means of which human beings can sense and record changes in the environment and in the universe. Time is also universal. Tense is a category of verbal inflection that indicates a relationship between the topic time and the time of speech. A verb tense can also give the topic time as past (TT<), present (TTo), or future (TT>). In comparison to time, tense is not universal; in many languages (mostly isolating languages, like Chinese) the concept of time is expressed not by the verb but by other parts of speech (temporal adverbials or even nouns, for example).

Key words: tense, verb flexion, topic time, location