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What is aspect?



Aspect is a grammatical category associated with verbs that expresses a temporal view of the event or state expressed by the verb.


Aspect is often indicated by verbal affixes or auxiliary verbs.

Example (English)
  • He is talking.

    The be + -ing construction expresses progressive aspect.

      Here are some kinds of aspect:
      Aspect is a kind of

    Lyons 1977b 705


    Chung and Timberlake 1985 213


    Talmy 1985 77


    Elson and Pickett 1988 26–27


    Comrie 1976a 3


    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 188


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 20


    Crystal 1987 415


    Mish 1991 108

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