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    Smile tense aspect mood

    Hi there:
    could you explain why tense, aspect and mood are often categrized as one unit under discussion in some grammar book? are they have sth in common? why not include modality of verbs?
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    Re: tense aspect mood

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there:
    could you explain why tense, aspect and mood are often categrized as one unit under discussion in some grammar book? are they have sth in common? why not include modality of verbs?
    thank you very much
    the answer may be pretty exhaustive but not from me. i study linguistics in depth but this part of syntax and its conjugation is one my biggest weaknesses. What i can say is that they surely relate to one another.

    all of these have something to with verbs.

    tenses express the time something occurs in terms of lexical and morphological change of the finite verb

    aspects closely relate to and specify under what circumstances we use particular tenses and

    mood relate to the finite verb as well, specifying the speaker's mood

    However the function and classification overlap, they are still separable units of grammatical inflection (or conjugation)


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    Re: tense aspect mood

    why not include modality of verbs?
    Do you mean why modal verbs are not included in the manner we express grammatical moods? Inflection speaks or helping verb speaks. With moods, mostly verb form speaks. Putative 'should'?

    mood relate to the finite verb
    Verbs in subjunctive and imperative are non-finite.

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