perfective tense


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Noun1.perfective tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)perfective tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
present perfect, present perfect tense - a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present; "`I have finished' is an example of the present perfect"
past perfect, past perfect tense, pluperfect, pluperfect tense - a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past; "`I had finished' is an example of the past perfect"
future perfect, future perfect tense - a perfective tense used to describe action that will be completed in the future; "`I will have finished' is an example of the future perfect"
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Although Van Wyk used the terms 'imperfective' and 'perfective tense' to refer to the present and past tense forms of the Northern Sotho verb, he abandoned these terms in favour of the terms 'present' and 'past tense'.
If every perfective proposition must be obtained by inflecting the corresponding continuative proposition, then the proposition 'This man has married and this man has married' is probably not a perfective proposition: for the only corresponding continuative proposition one may think of is 'This man is marrying and this man is marrying', whose genuine perfective inflection must be something of the form 'P [this man is marrying and this man is marrying]' (where 'P' is the perfective tense operator) (on the scope of tense inflection see Alex.
This grammar's analysis is empirical: the verb's position in a clause is crucial in establishing past perfective, future, and consecutive tense interpretations and the cohortative and optative moods, but not relevant in the present perfective tense (175).