Connor (fenoxielo524) wrote in linguaphiles,
Connor
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Eat/Ate

Clearly as a cruel punishment for some past sin as yet undiscovered by yours truly, I'm reading Tom Jones for my summer reading assignment (the last in my life, it seems). For context, the text of this book comes from 1750. I noticed that the author has used "eat" in the context of a paragraph that was otherwise in the past tense, and was wondering if "eat" at one point acted like "read" in that the distinction between the present and the past was only obvious when spoken. I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but does anyone have the answer?
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