Definition of Preterit

1. Noun. A term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense.

Exact synonyms: Preterite
Generic synonyms: Past, Past Tense



Definition of Preterit

1. a. Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an action or state as past.

2. n. The preterit; also, a word in the preterit tense.

Definition of Preterit

1. Noun. (American English) (alternative form of preterite) ¹

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Definition of Preterit

1. a past tense in grammar [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preterit

pretentative
pretention
pretentions
pretentious
pretentiously
pretentiousness
pretentiousnesses
preter-
preter-human
preterhuman
preterient
preterimperfect
preterimperfects
preterist
preterists
preterit (current term)
preterite
preterite-present verb
preteriteness
preterites
preterition
preteritions
preteritive
preteritness
preterits
preterlapsed
preterlegal
preterm
preterm baby
preterm infant

Literary usage of Preterit

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

1. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by New York Academy of Sciences (1917)
"-t-, preterit sign. This normally follows the pronominal subject. ... The preterit sign may be actually -it- or -ti- and the vowel disappear by vocalic ..."

2. A Grammar of the Asante and Fante Language Called Tshi Chwee, Twi Based on by Johann Gottlieb Christaller (1875)
"The present tense is used for the preterit (in narration) in the word se (mise, ... preterit and Perfect Tense. 169. The, preterit tense expresses an action ..."

3. The Inflections and Syntax of the Morte D'Arthur of Sir Thomas Malory: A by Charles Sears Baldwin (1894)
"Infin. mowe"' preterit. Ind. may may(e) might \ mayst(e), ... It may, however, be a preterit. 7 Infin. movie occurs at 122.26. Romstedt cites Reynard, 4.16; ..."

4. Brief German Grammar by Roscoe James Ham, Arthur Newton Leonard (1908)
"Weak verbs form the first person singular of the preterit by adding te or ete ... Strong verbs construct a special preterit stem by changing the vowel and ..."

5. A First Spanish Book and Reader by William Frederic Giese (1902)
"I. The preterit is nearly always regular in the first and second persons of the singular and ... The third persons, singular and plural, of the preterit add ..."

6. A First Spanish Book and Reader by William Frederic Giese (1902)
"I. The preterit is nearly always regular in the first and second persons of the ... The third persons, singular and plural, of the preterit add the regular ..."

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