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    Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Hello,

    I have a problem understanding the difference between the states, activities, accomplishments and achievements.
    I know this is very general so I'll give an example.
    Well, I have to decide if in the sentence:" John repairs bicycles" the verb repairs is an activity.Can somebody explain to me what is this all about.I'm kinda lost here

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    Re: Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anamaria_qd View Post
    Hello,

    I have a problem understanding the difference between the states, activities, accomplishments and achievements.
    I know this is very general so I'll give an example.
    Well, I have to decide if in the sentence:" John repairs bicycles" the verb repairs is an activity.Can somebody explain to me what is this all about.I'm kinda lost here
    A state is something which has a feeling of permanence or unlimited duration.
    An action verb is something a person or thing can do.
    Some verbs can be both, however.But only few.


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    Re: Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Thank you,
    So, what do you think, repaires in John repaires bicycles is an activity ,an accomplishment or an achievement?

    You see, I just started taking this course and I have read the course textbooks , but unfortunately I have many things that I can't understand, I can't picture in my head.It's a distance course, I have to study by myself and go in for examination, that's why I'm asking you guys for help

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    Re: Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anamaria_qd View Post
    Thank you,
    So, what do you think, repaires in John repaires bicycles is an activity ,an accomplishment or an achievement?
    John repairs bicycles (is repairing)=activity.
    John repaired a bicycle=accomplishment.
    John got many bicycles to repair=achivement.
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    Re: Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Thank you so much for your patience and time, it means a lot to me the fact that I'm able to ask someone for help:))

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    Re: Vendler's Aspectual Classification of verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anamaria_qd View Post
    Thank you so much for your patience and time, it means a lot to me the fact that I'm able to ask someone for help:))
    not a problem

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