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What is iterative aspect?



Iterative aspect is an aspect that expresses the repetition of an event or state.

Example (English)
  • The English prefix re- expresses iterative aspect:


Example (Hungarian)
  • The Hungarian suffix -gel expresses iterative aspect (diacritical markings are not reproduced here):
  • nevetgel ‘give a series of laughs’

    Comrie 1985a 343

      Here is a kind of iterative aspect:
      Iterative aspect is a kind of

    Comrie 1985a 343


    Mish 1991 643


    Crystal 1985 167

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