Definition of present tense in English:

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present tense


A tense expressing an action that is currently going on or habitually performed, or a state that currently or generally exists: I’m using the present tense Wolf Hall is written in the present tense
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  • The real challenge was translating a written plan into the present tense.
  • Hence, the shift to the character's present tense is not drastic or striking.
  • The lapse into present tense ('I know') indicates subsequent intimacy.
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