how to pronounce tense


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tense is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tense in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… imperfect tense the Pieta of course …”

meanings of tense


  1. An inflected form of a verb that indicates tense.
  2. Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists.
  3. The property of indicating the point in time at which an action or state of being occurs or exists.


  1. To apply a tense to.
  2. To make or become tense.


  1. Pulled taut, without any slack.
  2. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.

tense frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word tense occurs in english on average 9.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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