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What is progressive aspect?

 

Definition
 

Progressive aspect is a continuous aspect that expresses processes, not states.

Example (English)
 
  • The be + -ing construction indicates progressive aspect. Its characteristic of expressing processes rather than states can be seen in the following examples:

  • Fred is silly.
  • Fred is being silly.
  • The first example is stative; the second is processual and paraphrasable as "Fred is acting in a silly manner."

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    Source:

    Comrie 1976a 36

    Generic
      Progressive aspect is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Richards, Platt, and Weber 1985 231

     

    Chung and Timberlake 1985 215

     

    Comrie 1976a 12, 33–36

     

    Crystal 1987 428

     

    Mish 1991 940


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