Tense (past, present, future)

Spanish Tenses: Past, Present and Future 

Spanish verb conjugations are organised by whether the action of the verb occurs in the past, present or future.

The word "tense" comes from the latin word, "tempus" meaning "time".

Note: Verb conjugations communicate more nuanced details of time than merely 'past', 'present' or 'future'. They can convey time relative to other events, whether actions finish(ed) or are/were ongoing, even things that are 'out of time': imagined events, events that could happen, or that we hope will or won't happen.

These extra qualities are captured by subcategories called 'mood' and 'aspect'. When most people talk about a verb's tense, they're usually referring to its mood and aspect at the same time.

See: Tense (tense+mood+aspect)

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