English and many other languages inflect verbs to express the time of the action in different ways. Hebrew does not use tense but can express time with different inflected forms - "perfect" or "completed" and "imperfect" or "incomplete". A "completed" action is usually in the past, while an "incomplete" action is often future.
Continuing or present actions are expressed in Hebrew by using a participle
or an infinitive. These are both uninflected forms so are often used with a
pronoun to indicate the person performing the action, if the subject is otherwise
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