I just learned about Tenseless languages, such as Chinese. But I'm interested to see what this looks like and/or means.
For example, wondering if one could write a tenseless sentence in English and explain how it solves the past/present/future problem without using grammatical tenses like "they will do x" or "they did x".
Partly what I'm wondering about is this:
The six-tense language Kalaw Lagaw Ya of Australia has the remote past, the recent past, the today past, the present, the today/near future and the remote future.
In English, you could accomplish that by saying "Way back in the day, we used to do x..." for remote past, and "We just did x..." for recent past. Then for today-near-future, you might say "I'm about to go to x", when answering the question "what are you up to today". So I am wondering if these sort of features (like asking about your day) establishes context of tense of some sort. And so in a language like Chinese, you don't need to have tense built into the grammar. You would just instead do something like this:
Way back in the day, we do x.
We do x a few minutes before now.
I go to school after this.
Wondering if that's sort of how it is, or if one could provide better examples to demonstrate how it works.
I get confused, wondering how to write sentence without past tense verbs and such.
I saw a cat.
I see a cat in the past. (Not sure if this is how it's done).
I see a cat in a time before now. (Or like this).
I step into the past. I see a cat. I step back to the present.
The sun went down.
The sun goes down in the past.
The sun, in the past, goes down.
In the past the sun goes down.
I am not sure which one would be correct.
The sun will go down.
The sun goes down in the future.
The sun, in the future, goes down.
In the future the sun goes down.
None of these seem to accurately capture the original English sentence, so I'm curious to see how you approach this.