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    aspect and tense

    Hello

    Could anybody, please, provide me with a short and sweet explanation of them.
    I do not really see the diff. :(

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    Re: aspect and tense

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    Could anybody, please, provide me with a short and sweet explanation of them.
    I do not really see the diff. :(
    I don't think there's a short and sweet explanation for those. What in specific is bothering you?


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    Re: aspect and tense

    Hello

    What do they mean:
    The sentence may convey aspectual meaning?
    or
    The difference between
    They should be waiting for us when we get there.
    They should be waiting for us when we have got there.
    is difference of aspect?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: aspect and tense

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello
    Could anybody, please, provide me with a short and sweet explanation of them.
    I do not really see the diff. :(
    Aspect can be either simple or continuous in mode whereas tense refers to time: past or present.


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    Re: aspect and tense

    Hello

    thanks for your contribution

    What does aspect in grammar mean?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    Aspect can be either simple or continuous in mode whereas tense refers to time: past or present.
    Am I right in assuming that tense reveals whether the action is set in the past, present or future; and aspect tells us about at which stage the action, state, expressed by the verb, is.

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    #7

    Re: aspect and tense

    Yes, though tense can do more than simply locate something in time.

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    Re: aspect and tense

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    What does aspect in grammar mean?
    Aah, this might help out some.

    Tense and Aspect

    TENSE refers to the absolute location of an event or action in time, either the present or the past. It is marked by an inflection of the verb:
      • David walks to school (present tense)
        David walked to school (past tense)

    Reference to other times -- the future, for instance -- can be made in a number of ways, by using the modal auxiliary will, or the semi-auxiliary be going to:
      • David will walk to school tomorrow
        David is going to walk to school tomorrow.
    Since the expression of future time does not involve any inflecton of the verb, we do not refer to a "future tense". Strictly speaking, there are only two tenses in English: present and past.


    ASPECT refers to how an event or action is to be viewed with respect to time, rather than to its actual location in time. We can illustrate this using the following examples:
      • [1] David fell in love on his eighteenth birthday
        [2] David has fallen in love
        [3] David is falling in love
    In [1], the verb fell tells us that David fell in love in the past, and specifically on his eighteenth birthday. This is a simple past tense verb.


    Read more here...


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    Re: aspect and tense

    Hello

    Thanks

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    Re: aspect and tense

    You're most welcome svartnik.

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