- 1 Post By freezeframe
1-The sun rises in the east.
2-He reached his office in time.
3-Will you help me?
Why are these tenses called Indefinite-past, present or future? Of course, they are also called simple but what is the reason of their being called indefinite?
Indefinite is not a tense as such, it's an aspect that corresponds in English to simple tenses. It's best understood when you compare it to the perfect (complete) and imperfect (incomplete) aspect. Perfect describes an action that is completed, imperfect an action that is in progress. Indefinite aspect is neither -- the completion or beginning of the action doesn't matter.
Originally Posted by tipu s
Aspects are much more important in some other languages (such as Russian) but not really in English.
You say that perfect and imperfect are aspects in English, and then that apects are not really important in English.
Originally Posted by freezeframe
I would have thought that both the perfect and imperfect (continuous?) aspects are very important in English.
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