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Hello,

1. I got up at 6 o'clock today.

Here the past tense has been used, though "today" indicate "present time".

I am a bit confused. How can we use the past tense with the word "today".

Could anybody explain it?
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today does not indicate present time. today indicates all the moments from midnight last night until midnight tonight. For example, if it is 9 in the morning parts of today are in the past and parts of today are in the future.

Or, at two o'clock I can say:

I ate a sandwich for lunch today and I will eat fish and rice at dinner today.


CJ
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Today means the present day. The day doesn't have to be over.
I mean, it could be evening or the middle of the day, so if someone asked what time you got up today, you might answer that way.

Actually, I would probably say, "I got up at 6." or "I got up at 6 this morning." But that is okay, too. Hope that helps.

Do you speak hindi?
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Hello Formlit,

Yes, I speak Hindi.
Great! My hindi is truly bad. Well, it could be worse; I might not understand Hindi at all. As it is, I can understand filmy Hindi, but sometimes even that is too much for me.

I think the Hindi equivalent of that sentence is: Aaj hum paach baje utae.
lol. Sorry about the spelling, but I hope you still understand. I changed the 6 to a 5.
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