See also: past-tense
- (grammar) A form of language (and, in many languages, of a verb) used to refer to an event, transaction, or occurrence that did happen or had happened, or an object that existed, at a point in time before now.
- Example: "I saw the #5 bus across the street. I won’t make it."
- (grammar) A form of language used in a hypothetical expression to refer to a remote possibility.
- Example: "If I spoke Japanese I would be happy to visit Japan."
form of language