Definition: Aspect refers to how an event or action is to be viewed with respect to time, rather than to its actual location in time.

Aspect in a verb shows whether the action or state is complete or not

  • She's doing a crossword puzzle. (incomplete - progressive aspect)

  • They've washed up. (complete - perfect aspect)

  • I am playing my guitar. (incomplete - progressive aspect)

  • You have dreamed with your father (complete - perfect aspect)

Note: The progressive aspect is often called 'continuous'.

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