sequence of tenses

noun

grammar the sequence according to which the tense of a subordinate verb in a sentence is determined by the tense of the principal verb, as in I believe he is lying, I believed he was lying, etc

Nearby words

  1. sequel,
  2. sequela,
  3. sequelize,
  4. sequence,
  5. sequence ladder,
  6. sequencer,
  7. sequencing,
  8. sequent,
  9. sequential,
  10. sequential access

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