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[O.Fr., from Lat.,=time], in the grammar of many languages, a category of time distinctions expressed by any conjugated form of a verb. In Latin inflection the tense of a verb is indicated by a suffix that also indicates the verb's voice, mood, person, and number.
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imperfect

1. Botany
a. (of flowers) lacking functional stamens or pistils
b. (of fungi) not undergoing sexual reproduction
2. Law (of a trust, an obligation, etc.) lacking some necessary formality to make effective or binding; incomplete; legally unenforceable
3. Music
a. (of a cadence) proceeding to the dominant from the tonic, subdominant, or any chord other than the dominant
b. of or relating to all intervals other than the fourth, fifth, and octave
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After they have read the first four pages of text, I test the individual students over their knowledge of the vocabulary and their ability to put verbs from the novella into the imperfect tense.
1] Having made the point, our grammar books go on to designate a perfect tense and imperfect tense.
In sonnet 130, addressed to Dorat, the first poem devoted to Du Bellay's return to France from Rome, Du Bellay plays with an earlier piece, the famous sonnet 31, using the imperfect tense to describe his former naive jealousy of Odysseus/Ulysses who had been able to return home to see his smoking chimney:
The verb that follows, "saying," is in the imperfect tense, indicating a repeated, habitual action -- Jesus customarily or regularly said this.
The innovations are in the imperfect tense itself, with the addition of verbal prefixes that signal the sub-aspects, like Moroccan ka-ykteb or Egyptian bi-yiktib, 'he writes'.