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sequence of tenses

Syllabification: se·quence of tens·es

Definition of sequence of tenses in English:

noun

Grammar
The dependence of the tense of a subordinate verb on the tense of the verb in the main clause (e.g., I think that you are wrong; I thought that you were wrong).
Example sentences
  • The past tense does nothing but continue the sequence of tenses, and so the unfolding of events.
  • One might argue that Strabo's loose grammar allows us to ignore a strict translation of the sequence of tenses and consider alternatives.
  • The theme of repetition recurs, but this time it is the repetition of the sequence of tenses throughout the text.

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