There is no past tense of “set up”. That word is just a label that we give ourselves to describe something that we are doing, but it isn’t the thing itself.
It’s like when you’re sitting at a dinner table and you ask your server to start serving the salad. You ask for a set up. You say, “Please put the salad down and put the bread on the side.
Set-ups are a little different from the way we usually think of them. Most of us are used to thinking of a set-up as a specific type of action that we are doing. The fact is that the action itself is not the set-up. It takes place in the mind of the person performing the action. So instead of a set-up, we talk about a past-tense of set up.
If we look at the past tense of set-up, it’s pretty clear that it’s actually the past tense of the past tense. We always talk about the past tense in this way. We talk about the past tense of what went on.
Think about it like this: If we talk about a set-up, we’ll always talk about the set-up. The set-up is the thing that happened. We talk about the past tense of the set-up. If we talk about a past-tense of set up, we’ll talk about the past-tense of the set-up. So if we talk about set up, we’ll always talk about set up.
But the way we talk about set up, the set-up is actually the set up. We talk about the past tense of the set up. If we talk about set up, well talk about set up.
The other thing we talk about is the set-up is supposed to work. When we talk about set up, when we talk about set up, we usually talk about the set-up.
So the problem is that the set-up works the way it should. We talk about the past tense of the set-up, not the other way around. The other way around is that the set-up actually works because we talk about the past tense of the set-up.
The past tense of set up is what we need to talk about. It doesn’t work. As you might imagine, we’re talking about how the past tense of the set-up works.