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tense up (for something)

to become tense, anxious, and ready for something. Liz tensed up for the game and was very nervous. He tensed up and that made it hard to give him the injection he needed.
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tense up

v.
1. To become tense: The deer tensed up when it heard my footsteps.
2. To make something tense: I tensed up my wrist just before making contact with the ball. The muscle in my calf hurts whenever I tense it up.
See also: up
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The semantic map of Erzya (figure 1) predicts that symmetrical encoding of non-verbal predicates in the present tense is only optional.
First, while the concept of relative tense is usefully applicable to BH, it is unlikely that the difference, for example, between qatal and wayyiqtol can be adequately explained on this basis.
The variants of the present tense be in Urdu are [h], [he], [hu].
Any verb whose base-from fits this template is under pressure to change its past tense form to one with the vowel [A] replacing the vowel [I].
Here the relation between Voice and past tense in Pashto has been suggested, thus paving the way for introduction of Voice functional category, and at the same time explaining the nature of split-ergativity in Pashto.
Irregular verbs may also form the past tense and the past participle in unpredictable ways.
In contrast, mental representations based on actions described in the present tense include the action's internal stages rather than revolving around the completion of a goal (e.
She begins by setting out the methodology for the linguistic analysis of verbal tenses in biblical poetic texts, then analyzes eight poems, and concludes with a typological and historical evaluation of the verb tense in Archaic Hebrew.
Without allowing homographic relation, this would still be a qualifying double past tense word chain, but the final link is worth including.
In sum, there is considerable theoretical support for the notion that tense is a grammatical phenomenon.
He said: "Oh my gosh I mean this movie is you know it's funny, it's really tense.
He added that the second tense moment came when one of two helicopters crashed inside the Abbottabad compound walls, which was Bin Laden's hideout.
The disagreement has concentrated on the English past tense form, which is created by the predictable addition of the suffix ed to the root verb in the majority of English verbs (e.
In this case, rather than simply asking students to find, for example, the verbs, the idea is to produce a teaching resource that goes straight to the point: the function of tense in creative writing.
As seen in (1), the Perfect Tense is formed using the imperfective Present Tense of the be auxiliary along with the l-participle of the main verb.