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He then became very tense, worried: "I was nervous when I spoke to the police and I didn't know what to say."
Et il devient alors très tendu, inquiet: «j'étais énervé quand j'ai parlé aux policiers et je ne savais pas quoi dire!»
We plunge in, tense with repulsion.
On s’y lance, étreints par le dégoût.
Barbusse, Henri / Under fireBarbusse, Henri / Le feu
Le feu
Barbusse, Henri
© BELENUS, 2008
Under fire
Barbusse, Henri
© 1917 by E. P. DUTTON & CO
Should I speak of the tense string, the crystal, the amber?
Parler de la corde tendue, du cristal, de l'ambre?
Makine, Andrei / Once Upon The River LoveMakine, Andrei / Au temps du fleuve Amour
Au temps du fleuve Amour
Makine, Andrei
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
Once Upon The River Love
Makine, Andrei
© 1998 by Geoffrey Strachan
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
St. Clare, like most men of his class of mind, cordially hated the present tense of action, generally; and, therefore, he was considerably annoyed by Miss Ophelia's downrightness.
Saint-Clair, comme la plupart des gens de son humeur, haïssait cordialement le temps présent; et la rectitude positive et pressante de miss Ophélia lui était insupportable.
Beecher Stowe, Harriet / Uncle Tom's CabinBeecher Stowe, Harriet / La case de l'oncle Tom
La case de l'oncle Tom
Beecher Stowe, Harriet
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Beecher Stowe, Harriet
In that tense moment of imminent destruction, we could only remember just then how often we had already experienced it, how often undergone this outpouring of iron, and the burning roar of it, and the stench.
L’émotion qui nous annihilait était si forte qu’en ce moment seulement on s’est souvenu qu’on avait déjà parfois éprouvé cela, subi ce déversement de mitraille avec sa brûlure hurlante et sa puanteur.
Barbusse, Henri / Under fireBarbusse, Henri / Le feu
Le feu
Barbusse, Henri
© BELENUS, 2008
Under fire
Barbusse, Henri
© 1917 by E. P. DUTTON & CO
I crossed the resonant space with tense steps, my boots making footmarks on the slippery tiles.
Je traversai cet espace sonore à pas tendus, en marquant sur les dalles glissantes les traces de mes bottes.
Makine, Andrei / Once Upon The River LoveMakine, Andrei / Au temps du fleuve Amour
Au temps du fleuve Amour
Makine, Andrei
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
Once Upon The River Love
Makine, Andrei
© 1998 by Geoffrey Strachan
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
The headmistress stiffened, feeling the hairs on her temples grow tense.
La directrice se raidit, sentant ses cheveux se tendre sur ses tempes.
Makine, Andrei / Once Upon The River LoveMakine, Andrei / Au temps du fleuve Amour
Au temps du fleuve Amour
Makine, Andrei
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
Once Upon The River Love
Makine, Andrei
© 1998 by Geoffrey Strachan
© 1994 by Editions du Felin
A continued physical detention precondition might make sense were the word "seized" to be read only in the present tense.
L'existence d'une condition préalable de rétention matérielle continue pourrait être logique si le mot « saisi » était interprété uniquement au présent.
With an abrupt tensing of his jaws he succeeds in gaining control of his face, which now looks hollow, as if after a long period of mourning.
Par une brusque tension des mâchoires, réussit à maîtriser son visage qui paraît à présent creusé comme après un très long deuil.
Makine, Andreï / The Earth And Sky Of Jacques DormeMakine, Andreï / La terre et le ciel de Jacques Dorme
La terre et le ciel de Jacques Dorme
Makine, Andreï
© 2003 by Mercure de France
The Earth And Sky Of Jacques Dorme
Makine, Andreï
© 2005 by Geoffrey Strachan
© 2003 by Mercure de France

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tense

verb
Basic forms
Pasttensed
Imperativetense
Present Participle (Participle I)tensing
Past Participle (Participle II)tensed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I tensewe tense
you tenseyou tense
he/she/it tensesthey tense
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am tensingwe are tensing
you are tensingyou are tensing
he/she/it is tensingthey are tensing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have tensedwe have tensed
you have tensedyou have tensed
he/she/it has tensedthey have tensed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been tensingwe have been tensing
you have been tensingyou have been tensing
he/she/it has been tensingthey have been tensing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I tensedwe tensed
you tensedyou tensed
he/she/it tensedthey tensed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was tensingwe were tensing
you were tensingyou were tensing
he/she/it was tensingthey were tensing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had tensedwe had tensed
you had tensedyou had tensed
he/she/it had tensedthey had tensed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been tensingwe had been tensing
you had been tensingyou had been tensing
he/she/it had been tensingthey had been tensing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will tensewe shall/will tense
you will tenseyou will tense
he/she/it will tensethey will tense
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be tensingwe shall/will be tensing
you will be tensingyou will be tensing
he/she/it will be tensingthey will be tensing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have tensedwe shall/will have tensed
you will have tensedyou will have tensed
he/she/it will have tensedthey will have tensed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been tensingwe shall/will have been tensing
you will have been tensingyou will have been tensing
he/she/it will have been tensingthey will have been tensing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would tensewe should/would tense
you would tenseyou would tense
he/she/it would tensethey would tense
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be tensingwe should/would be tensing
you would be tensingyou would be tensing
he/she/it would be tensingthey would be tensing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have tensedwe should/would have tensed
you would have tensedyou would have tensed
he/she/it would have tensedthey would have tensed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been tensingwe should/would have been tensing
you would have been tensingyou would have been tensing
he/she/it would have been tensingthey would have been tensing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am tensedwe are tensed
you are tensedyou are tensed
he/she/it is tensedthey are tensed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being tensedwe are being tensed
you are being tensedyou are being tensed
he/she/it is being tensedthey are being tensed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been tensedwe have been tensed
you have been tensedyou have been tensed
he/she/it has been tensedthey have been tensed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was tensedwe were tensed
you were tensedyou were tensed
he/she/it was tensedthey were tensed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being tensedwe were being tensed
you were being tensedyou were being tensed
he/she/it was being tensedthey were being tensed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been tensedwe had been tensed
you had been tensedyou had been tensed
he/she/it had been tensedthey had been tensed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be tensedwe shall/will be tensed
you will be tensedyou will be tensed
he/she/it will be tensedthey will be tensed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been tensedwe shall/will have been tensed
you will have been tensedyou will have been tensed
he/she/it will have been tensedthey will have been tensed

tense

noun
SingularPlural
Common casetensetenses
Possessive casetense'stenses'

tense

adjective
Positive degreetense
Comparative degreetenser
Superlative degreetensest