- past(def 12).
- a preterit tense.
- a verb form in this tense.
Origin of preterit
Examples from the Web for preterit
Historical Examples of preterit
Voi is the root of a verb which has a preterit in voita 'he was old.'
Its preterit is saiguitta and its gerund in Do is saiguitte.
The present tense of each of them is in origin a preterit, in function a present.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book
C. Alphonso Smith
In life, as in (that for him more truly actual thing) literature, it was always the preterit that enthralled him.And Even Now
I go come' means 'I shall go'; or, to mention the preterit, 'I go earlier' means 'I went.'Elements of Folk Psychology