Fit, an Americanism denoting the preterite of the verb to fight.
Find the blind, I may remark, are pronounced to rhyme with the preterite of grin.
It is permissible and better style to use in this case the imperfect subjunctive instead of the preterite sirvi.
The preterite of to sleep (slepan), for example, was slp, and that of to weep was weop.
preterite, pret′ėr-it, adj. gone by: past: noting the past tense.
Before that time the preterite of sende (send) had been sende; now it became sente.
If this be anything it should be wist, the preterite of wot, and should have accordingly the meaning "knew."
The preterite of to hear is heerd; the perfect may be either heerd or heern.
The preterite subjunctive is often expressed by should and would with an infinitive, as in Modern English.
I have noted "I give" both as present and as preterite, and "I have give," and even "I had give."
mid-14c., "having to do with the past," from Old French preterit "past tense" (13c.) and directly from Latin praeteritum (as in tempus praeteritum "time past"), past participle of praeterire "to go by, go past," from praeter "beyond, before, above, more than" (see prae-) + itum, past participle of ire "to go" (see ion). Grammar sense is late 14c. The word also was a noun in Middle English meaning "past times" (late 14c.). Related: Preteritive. Preterite-present attested from 1813.