[B-Greek] Aspect Followup
mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 12 11:18:02 EST 2004
--- "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
> At 5:25 AM -0800 2/12/04, Mitch Larramore wrote:
> >Since the Present tense had to do "double duty" for
> >the Perfective and Imperfective aspects (what about
> >the Stative?), can I conclude that ASPECT is not
> >something inherent to the verb?
> NO. It is certainly valid to think of the Greek verb
> as having three
> distinct aspectual forms: perfective, imperfective,
> and stative. The
> present tense is somewhat more complicated in Greek
> (and in English too) in
> that the indicative is used not at all uncommonly to
> express that may be
> undefined (as we discussed yesterday or recently).
Thinking then of just the Indicative for now, since
that is what I am familiar with, the Present
Indicative FORM...is it perfective, imperfective, or
stative, of all three in one? (If I understand right,
the Present Indicative FORM can simulate at least two
of these aspects, so that is why I thought aspect was
not an innate characteristic of a verb's FORM.)
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