Definition of Perfective aspect

1. Noun. The aspect of a verb that expresses a completed action.

Exact synonyms: Perfective
Generic synonyms: Aspect



Definition of Perfective aspect

1. Noun. (grammar): The '''perfective aspect''' is a feature of the verb which denotes viewing the event the verb describes as a completed whole, rather than from within the event as it unfolds. For example, "she sat down" as opposed to "she was sitting down". Since the focus is on the completion of what is expressed by the verb, this aspect is generally associated with the past and future tenses. This term is often used interchangeably with aorist aspect. ''This is not to be confused with the perfect tense.'' ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perfective Aspect

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perfectionists
perfectionless
perfectionment
perfectionments
perfections
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perfectissimates
perfectitude
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perfective aspect (current term)
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Literary usage of Perfective aspect

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1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"(2) That the activity represents only one point of time, the point-action or perfective aspect, as in einschlafen, aufwachen, erscheinen and in English to ..."

2. History: Chronology 1: Second Edition by Anatoly Fomenko (2007)
"Cf.: I am dying (imperfective aspect), I have died (perfective aspect), ... Actions expressed by these verbs in perfective aspect are not simultaneous. ..."

3. Russian reader: accented texts, grammatical and explanatory notes by Paul Jean Marie Boyer, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Speranskiĭ, Leo Tolstoy, Samuel Northrup Harper (1906)
"... characteristics of the im- perfective aspect is that it presents an image, adapts itself well to the description of acts which, by their very nature, ..."

4. The Verbal Accent in Russian by A.W. Herdler (1898)
"The following verbs are oft the perfective aspect ie they express in the ... Some of the verbs with the perfective aspect are simple but the majority of ..."

5. Simplified Grammar of the Serbian Language by William Richard Morfill (1887)
"The perfective aspect denotes either that the action has been quite completed, or that it will definitely cease. This aspect has no present tense, ..."

6. A Reference Grammar of Classical Tamil Poetry by V. S. Rajam (1992)
"... state indicated by the verb has a completive (or perfective aspect) is here called the "past stem." The completive aspect does not denote temporality. ..."

7. The Russians and Their Language by Nadine Jarintzov (1916)
"The simple future, which consists of one word only, does not exist with this verb, because it has not the perfective aspect granted to it. ..."

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