Aspect (and Tense)
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In the 20th century, it was realized that what had for generations been called tense differences, were very often aspectual differences. The same temporal event can in fact be given two different aspectual representations: I’ve seen that film; I saw it last week. Scholarly investigations of Latin and Greek led to the conclusions, based on the morphological contrasts, that the six forms of the Latin Indicative showed three tenses and two aspects, whereas the six forms of the Ancient Gree…

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John Hewson, “Aspect (and Tense)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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