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preterite British & World English

Expressing a past action or state

preterite-present British & World English

A verb of which the tense used as the present was originally a preterite, especially one of a small group of verbs in the Germanic languages (mostly used as modal auxiliaries) of which the present tense is in form and origin a preterite and the past tense a more recent (though still pre-literary) weak formation.