One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a tense not expressing a past action or state.
A non-past tense.
- ‘Intransitive, transitive, causative forms, past and non-past tenses (there was no future tense in Old Tamil), participal and verbal nouns, adjectival participles and the infinitive are found in the language of the inscriptions.’
- ‘At the moment, tread is still the only Standard English non-past form of this verb; but that could change - trod might replace it completely in the not too distant future.’
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