1. adjective. in a state of nervous behavior. 2. stretched taut or strained. 3. with regard to language, one of a group of forms taken by a verb in effort to identify the correlation between the time of the purported action and the time of the utterance.

TENSE: "A poor education is often visible in the incorrect grammar of individuals, such as when mixing tenses in one statement."
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