isn't man a common noun? tenses only apply to verbs, so there is no past tense for "man". The only alterations I can think of are its plural form "men" and possesive form "man's".
I could very well be wrong though, I'm not an English major or anything but thats what i remember from school.
It's a noun. It doesn't have a past tense nor present tense. Tense applies to verbs.
Sounds like you need to take a course in grammar.
Most men are tense (present), some men have been tense (past) and got over it, and a lot of men will become tense (future), however man, as a noun, which he is, and as Homo Sapien, could possibly have been Homo Erectus (his past) but yet still a man.
Therefore there is no past tense of man except a previous man, and by conclusion "father" i.e. his father is his direct past.
Man is a noun, as rightly stated by all others answers.
However, to father, is a verb, which can have a past, which is to not father or to be childless.
if you are talking about "man" as a verb i.e. "each soldier mans his post" the past tense is "manned"
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