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    Tense and Aspect: 7. The Habitual Aspect

    Tense and Aspect: 7. The Habitual Aspect 7.1. Traditional used to Writers find used to difficult to classify. For some it is a modal (auxiliary)(verb) (Alexander (1988.234)), for others a phrasal modal (Celce-Muria and Larsen-Freeman (1999.139)), semi-modal (Carter & McCarthy,2006.638))...
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    Tense and Aspect: 6. The Prospective Aspect

    Tense and Aspect: 6. The Prospective Aspect 6.1. Traditional 'Rules'. Many writers do not consider this form specifically as an aspect; they refer to it as an idiom (Huddleston and Pullum (2002.210)), an idiosyncratic combination, a lexical verb with a modal meaning (Aarts (2011. 309-309))...
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    Tense and Aspect: 5. The Retrospective Aspect. Part 2

    Tense and Aspect: 5. The Retrospective Aspect. Part Two Continued from here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287544-Tense-and-Aspect-5-The-Retrospective-Aspect-Part-1 5.3. Retrospective-Durative This form, traditionally known as the present/past perfect continuous or progressive...
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    Tense and Aspect: 5. The Retrospective Aspect. Part 1

    Tense and Aspect: 5. The Retrospective Aspect. Part One 5.1. Traditional 'Rules'. This form, traditionally known as the perfect, may be unmarked, I have worked, or marked, I had worked. Typical lists in grammars of the uses of the forms include: unmarked An action begun in the past...
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    Tense and Aspect: 4. The Durative Aspect, Part 2

    Tense and Aspect: 4. The Durative Aspect - Part 4 Continued from: ​https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287498-Tense-and-Aspect-Durative-Aspect-Part-1?p=1697914#post1697914 4.3. Stative and Dynamic Verbs It is often claimed that dynamic, action or event verbs, which convey the idea...
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    Tense and Aspect: . Durative Aspect, Part 1

    Tense and Aspect: 4. The Durative Aspect - Part One 4.1. Traditional 'Rules' This form, traditionally known as the continuous, or progressive (or expanded[ii]) tense/aspect may be unmarked, I am working, or marked, I was working. It can also be combined with other aspects, as we shall see...
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    Tense and Aspect: 3. The Marked Tense, Part 3

    3.2.3. Distancing in Directness Continued from here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287495-Tense-and-Aspect-3-The-Marked-Tense-Part-2 Some writers[1] claim that the use of could and would in requests is 'more polite' than can and will, as in: Can/could you open the window...
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    Tense and Aspect: 3. The Marked Tense, Part 2

    Tense and Asect: 3. The Marked Tense - Part Two Continued from here: ​https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287494-Tense-and-Aspect-3-The-Marked-Tense-Part-1 3.2.2. Distancing in Reality Consider these two utterances: Well, he has been in his new job a month now. I hope he likes...
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    Tense and Aspect: 3. The Marked Tense, Part 1

    Tense and Aspect: 3. The Marked Tense - Part One 3.1. Traditional 'Rules' This tense, the traditional ‘past simple’, sometimes referred to as the preterit(e), like the unmarked tense, can refer to past, present, future and general time. Typical lists in English grammars of uses of the tense...
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    Tense a Aspect: 2. The Unmarked Tense

    Tense and Aspect: 2. The Unmarked Tense 2.1. Traditional ‘Rules’ As we saw here, the unmarked tense can refer to past, present, future, and general time. English grammars often contain lists of various ways in which this tense (usually referred to as the Present Simple) are used. Typical...
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    Tense and Aspect: 1c. A Brief History - Part 3

    Tense and Aspect: 1c. A Brief History of Time (and Tense) - Part Three Continued from here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287490-Tense-and-Aspect-1-b-A-Brief-History-Part-2 It is not until Kruisinga (1911) that the idea of remoteness, quite apart from time, is explicitly mentioned...
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    Tense and Aspect: 1 b. A Brief History - Part 2

    Tense and Aspect: 1b. A brief History of time (and Tense) - Part Two Continued from here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/287489-Tense-a-Aspect-1a-A-Brief-History In the list below I have noted what over 50 writers or groups of writers have said about tense and time in English. It...
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    Tense a Aspect: 1a. A Brief History

    Tense and Aspect: 1a. A Brief History of Time (and Tense) - Part One The relationship, if any, between time and tense is one of the themes of the series of threads I am submitting to this forum. This post contains very boring lists, mentioned here, of what some writers have had to say on the...
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    Tense and Aspect: 1. Introduction

    Tense and Aspect: 1. Introduction For many people learning English, and indeed for some teachers, the verb system of English seems incredibly complex. Thousands of papers, chapters and whole books gave been written on the subject since Bullokar devoted seventeen pages to it in 1586[1]. I...
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    One million posts

    BINGO A few moments ago, the one millionth post appeared on UsingEnglish.com. Congratulations to Tdol and Red5 who started the whole thing off in November 2002 and who have kept it going so successfully, and to the many members – more than 400,000 over the years - who have helped and...
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