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    iexcie is offline Newbie
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    aspect in english

    hello everyone!!

    i have a question that seems not to have been addressed online.

    simple vs continuous is referred to as aspect, yes?


    then how about perfect vs non-perfect [? is there a better name than "non-perfect"? wikipedia says it is not imperfect], as in I watched vs I had watched?

    what is it - aspect, too? I need a class name distinctinctive from the simple/cont.

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    Re: aspect in english

    Quote Originally Posted by iexcie View Post
    hello everyone!!

    i have a question that seems not to have been addressed online.

    simple vs continuous is referred to as aspect, yes?


    then how about perfect vs non-perfect [? is there a better name than "non-perfect"? wikipedia says it is not imperfect], as in I watched vs I had watched?

    what is it - aspect, too? I need a class name distinctinctive from the simple/cont.
    Unless I don't fully understand your question, I've never heard the distinction referred to as "aspect". Simple vs. continuous, for example, is referred to as verb tenses or verb forms.

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    Re: aspect in english

    Grammatical aspect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    See above, especially under: Aspect by language: English
    Yes, simple and progressive are two aspects of the present tense.
    But the distinction between present perfect tense and simple past is normally referred to as a difference of tense.
    Last edited by Raymott; 20-Mar-2013 at 03:18.

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