American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, related to, or being the aspect that expresses the action denoted by the verb without regard to its beginning or completion.
- n. The imperfective aspect.
- n. An imperfective verb form.
- n. A verb having an imperfective form.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to express action not completed (either continuous or repeated at various times): applied to a form or ‘aspect’ of the Slavic verb.
- adj. of or relating to the imperfective aspect
- n. the imperfective aspect, or a verb having this aspect
- n. aspect without regard to the beginning or completion of the action of the verb
“The "imperfective" is where nothing definitely happens but only goes on indefinitely”
“But never has this "imperfective" been so exclusively paramount as now.”
“Very "imperfective" and hardly a "story," it is nevertheless done with sober and conscientious craftsmanship, very much like Bunin and very unlike the usual idea we have of Pilniak.”
“In some cases a ques - possible the ﬁ rst form given will be in the in - tion mark is inserted after the equal sign (=?), de ﬁ nite (or "imperfective") aspect, which usually indicating that the word-by-word translation is lacks an in ﬂ ection for aspect.”
“There is a distinction between perfective and imperfective verbs but I found that not too mind-bending (or at least easier than the nouns and adjectives).”
“Thus, a piece of fiction usually begins with an imperfective verb by way of introduction (“I was sleeping”); then, shifting into a perfective verb, the narrative launches into the plot (“I woke”).”
“In an English narrative, the action, the bare bones of the plot, are rendered with the perfective tenses, while the background is filled in with imperfective tenses.”
“In its verbal structure, English, like the Romance and Slavic languages, divides motion and being into and imperfective aspects.”
“This category is the origin of root aorists and imperfective past in Core IE while becoming the mi-class preterite in Anatolian.”
“I can account for how the system evolves from a transitive-intransitive one to an imperfective-perfective one.”
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