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What is imperfective aspect?

 

Definition
 

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

    Example:

    be + -ing

  • Habitual aspect with

    Example:

    used to

Kinds
 
Generic
  Imperfective aspect is a kind of
 
Sources
 

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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