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hello grammarians today I want to introduce the idea of the verb tense and the way I want to do that is to express the following if you can master grammatical tenses you will become a time wizard a literal actual time wizard because tense is nothing more than the ability of verbs to situate themselves in time specifically in three different times so in the past the present or the future it can happen when we're talking about a verb a verb can happen now a verb can happen later and a verb can have happened in the past then that's basically it and if you master tenses you will be able to tell stories that span all of time and I think that that ability is kind of astonishing that language can express that sort of idea to just give a very simple example I'll just take the word talk and put it in these three basic tenses now it does get more complicated than this sure but we'll cover that later so if I say if I take the verb to talk and I put it in the present I would just say I talk the most basic iteration I talk in the future I will talk and in the past I talked this is the simple form of every English tense past present future if you can command all of these you will be a time wizard that's you you can learn anything Dave it out