Aspect

Introduction

A way of looking at verb forms not purely in relation to time. Aspect relates to the type of event and the way speakers view events, e.g. whether it is long or short, whether it is complete or not, whether it is repetitive or not, whether it is connected to the time of speaking or not. There are two aspects in English, the continuous/progressive and the perfect. The continuous aspect, for example, suggests that something is happening temporarily. The aspect of a verb considers a verb to be complete, temporary, repeated etc. Aspect refers to the manner in which the verb action is experienced.

Types

A verb may take one of the following aspects.

  • continuous or progressive
  • perfect
  • simple