Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Tense and aspect are two different verbal categories in Ancient Greek. Tense refers externally to the moment when a certain event takes place, be it either in the past, in the present or in the future. Aspect, also known as ‘grammatical aspect’, refers to the internal temporal characteristics of the event, that is, if it is still in its development (imperfective), or if it is considered to …

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Jesús de la Villa, “Tense/Aspect”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000343>
First published online: 2013

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