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Tense is a form of the verb to show the time of the action and whether the action is incomplete or complete. There are three times: present, past, and future. An action may be incomplete or complete in any time.
The tenses for incomplete action are named for the three times: present tense, past tense, and future tense. These are called the simple tenses.
The tenses for complete action are named by placing the word perfect in each of the former names: present perfect tense, past perfect tense, and future perfect tense. These are called the compound tenses.
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