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What is perfective aspect?

 

Definition
 

Perfective aspect is an aspect that expresses a temporal view of an event or state as a simple whole, apart from the consideration of the internal structure of the time in which it occurs.

Examples (English)
 
  • He walked there.
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    This type of construction expresses a temporal view of walk distinct from those expressed in the following constructions:

     
  • He was walking there.
  • He used to walk there.
  • Generic
      Perfective aspect is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Comrie 1976a 12, 18–19

     

    Ducrot and Todorov 1979 307

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 164

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 20

     

    Bybee 1985 142

     

    Elson and Pickett 1988 28

     

    Crystal 1985 224

     

    Mish 1991 872


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