Preterite

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A preterite (/ˈpretəraɪt/) is the form of the verb used by itself in the past tense.

The preterite of a regular verb is formed by adding -ed (with miscellaneous spelling changes). For irregular verbs, there might be no change, or there might be a vowel change.

Full modal verbs have preterites too, e.g. "could" is the preterite of "can".

The preterite is not used with auxiliary do (preterite: did); rather a bare infinitive is used instead, as a second grammatical marker is not necessary. e.g. "I ate a sandwich" "I did eat a sandwich".