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What is progressive aspect?



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."


    Comrie 1976a 36

      Progressive aspect is a kind of

    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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