Definition of Perfect tense

1. Noun. A tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect).

Definition of Perfect tense

1. Noun. A verb form indicating that an action or state has been completed at the present time, in the past, or will be completed in the future. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perfect Tense

perfect number
perfect numbers
perfect octave
perfect octaves
perfect participle
perfect pitch
perfect rhyme
perfect set
perfect state
perfect storm
perfect storms
perfect system
perfect tense (current term)
perfect tenses
perfect unison
perfect unisons

Literary usage of Perfect tense

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"Thus it is perfectly clear that altho originally in both English and German the present perfect tense form was in reality a present tense, as explained in ..."

2. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association by American philological association (1897)
"If it is true, there are certain adverbial expressions which we should not expect to find with the perfect tense. I refer to those adverbs which imply ..."

3. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1916)
"COMPLETED ACTION perfect tense Perfect Definite and Historical Perfect 473. The Perfect denotes an action either as now completed (Perfect Definite), ..."

4. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"The PRESENT PERFECT Tense denotes past time completed in the present, ... FORMS FOR THE PAST perfect tense. § 330. The PAST PERFECT denotes past time that ..."

5. Handbook of Composition: A Compendium of Rules Regarding Good English by Edwin Campbell Woolley (1907)
"Notice the relation between the past tense and the perfect tense of the following verbs : I began I sang I sprang I rang I drank I ran I swam I have begun I ..."

6. English Grammar Simplified: Its Study Made Easy by James Champlin Fernald (1916)
"The Present perfect tense is formed by prefixing have or has to the past ... (4) The Past perfect tense expresses past action as completed before some other ..."

7. Brief Greek Syntax by Louis Bevier (1903)
"THE perfect tense 137- Tense of Completed Action. — The perfect tense expresses an action as completed in the present. ..."

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