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What is imperfective aspect?



Imperfective aspect is an aspect that expresses an event or state, with respect to its internal structure, instead of expressing it as a simple whole.

Examples (English)
  • Progressive aspect


    be + -ing

  • Habitual aspect with


    used to

  Imperfective aspect is a kind of

Ducrot and Todorov 1979 307


Pei and Gaynor 1954 97


Comrie 1976a 24–25, 41–42


Crystal 1985 153


Mish 1991 604

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