how to pronounce preterite


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preterite is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of preterite


  1. Showing an action at a determined moment in the past.
  2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.


  1. The preterite tense, simple past tense: the grammatical tense that determines the specific initiation or termination of an action in the past.

preterite frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word preterite occurs in english on average 0 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics preterite can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that preterite can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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