The word "tense" is used as an adjective when a person feels nervous or unsure about a situation:

  • Dale feels a little tense because he has to go to a job interview.
  • Why are you so tense?
  • What’s causing you to feel tense?
  • There were several tense moments during the discussion when the issue or race was debated.
  • A tense standoff between police and protesters ended in a riot.
  • A massage will help to relieve tense muscles.

nervous man There were some tense moments leading up to the end of the game.

When the word "tense" is a noun, it can refer to a verb and the time that takes place for an action or the existence of something.

  • The present tense in English is different from the present continuous tense.
  • Our class is studying verb tenses.
  • The word "was" is a form of the verb "be" in the past tense. It matches a singular noun.
  • Some languages, such as Chinese, do not have different verb tenses.

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December 30, 2014