imperfect tense


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Noun1.imperfect tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
present progressive, present progressive tense - a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance
past progressive, past progressive tense - a progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past; "`I had been running' is an example of the past progressive"
future progressive, future progressive tense - a progressive tense used to express action that will be on-going in the future; "`I will be running' is an example of the future progressive"
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In contrast to the completed action of the perfect tense, the imperfect tense indicates that action has begun, but that it continues.
How much do we revert to and inhabit the imperfect tense, an index of what is never finished, always in process?
5) Note that the Imperfect Tense of the be auxiliary may also be used, but this hardly ever occurs in modern texts.
The imperfect tense is essential to embodying the heroine's consciousness.
In Amharic, the simple imperfect tense is frequently prefixed by a complementizer like be- = if, so that the basic form ttedars (you [masc]/she come[s]) becomes bettedars = (if you [masc] /she come[s]).