Future Before the Past
At this point, we could learn either the past tense or the future tense. It turns out that most books you read are written in a combination of past and present tense. (Only Damon Runyon, an American author, could write exclusively in present tense and make it work. The rest of us have to switch tenses now and then.) Most conversations also take place in present and past, and future is the least used of the tenses.
However, we're going to look at future tense first. Once you learn future tense, it becomes very easy to construct the past tense of Greek verbs; it just doesn't work as well the other direction.
So be patient as we learn the future tense so that, sometime in the future, you'll be able to talk about the past. <grin>
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