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imperfective Line breaks: im|per|fect¦ive
Pronunciation: /ɪmpəˈfɛktɪv/

Definition of imperfective in English:


Relating to or denoting an aspect of verbs in Slavic languages that expresses action without reference to its completion. The opposite of perfective.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Particularly puzzling can be perfective verbs in the imperfect and imperfective ones in the aorist.


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The imperfective aspect.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The perfective aspect is usually formed from the imperfective either by prefixation or by suffixation.
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