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Relating to or denoting an aspect of verbs in Slavic languages that expresses action without reference to its completion.The opposite of perfective
- ‘Different kinds of complements and modifiers can often coerce a perfective or an imperfective reading.’
- ‘For example, Diyari and Dhirari - two Australian languages utilize different sets of markers for implicated clauses, imperfective relative clauses and perfective relative clauses, as the following table shows.’
- ‘That's what was meant by the above statement: only imperfective verbs may be used in the present tense.’
- ‘Particularly puzzling can be perfective verbs in the imperfect and imperfective ones in the aorist.’
- ‘The imperfective aspect is used in a variety of circumstances where it is felt to imply some specific aspect of on-going activity.’
The imperfective aspect.
- ‘The perfective aspect is usually formed from the imperfective either by prefixation or by suffixation.’
- ‘I will claim that past tense in the case of the experiential imperfective actually behaves like a perfect, i.e. the assertion time is located after the event time.’
- ‘In the Slavonic languages, the perfective and imperfective are signalled by inflections on the verb, the perfective denoting the completion of the activity and the imperfective its non-completion.’
- ‘Much of complexity in the use of tense and aspect in English derives from the fact that the categories of perfective and imperfective allow a number of subcategories.’
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