present tense
Definition - The tense that is primarily concerned with states, events, and actions that are happening at the time the statement is written or spoken.

1. There are several types: simple present, present continuous, present perfect, and present perfect continuous
2. It can also be used to express the future (e.g. We go to Nanaimo tomorrow).

Example -

(1) He writes (simple present)
(2) He is writing (present continuous)
(3) He has written (present perfect)
(4) He has been writing (present perfect continuous)

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1388:
"A participl of a present tens … may be resoluid into a verbe of the same tens, and a coniunccion copulatif."
(Wyclif Prol. xv. 57)

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