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per·fec·tive as·pect

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  1. perfective, perfective aspectnoun

    the aspect of a verb that expresses a completed action


  1. perfective aspectnoun

    The perfective aspect is a feature of the verb which denotes viewing the event the verb describes as a completed whole, rather than from within the event as it unfolds. For example, "she sat down" as opposed to "she was sitting down". Since the focus is on the completion of what is expressed by the verb, this aspect is generally associated with the past and future tenses. This term is often used interchangeably with aorist aspect. This is not to be confused with the perfect tense.


  1. Perfective aspect

    The perfective aspect, sometimes called the aoristic aspect, is a grammatical aspect used to describe a situation viewed as a simple whole—a unit without internal structure. The perfective aspect is equivalent to the aspectual component of past perfective forms variously called "aorist", "preterite", and "simple past". Although the essence of the perfective is an event seen as a whole, most languages which have a perfective use it for various similar semantic roles, such as momentary events and the onsets or completions of events, all of which are single points in time and thus have no internal structure. Other languages instead have separate momentane, inchoative, or cessative aspects for those roles, with or without a general perfective. The perfective aspect is distinguished from the imperfective aspect, which presents an event as having internal structure, and from the prospective aspect, which describes impending action. Aspects such as the perfective should not be confused with tense; perfective aspect can apply to events situated in the past, present, or future.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfective aspect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfective aspect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. profound
    • B. abrupt
    • C. greedy
    • D. alternate

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