Lecture I, 34
This chapter begins (Lectures 25–6) with a few remarks on ancient theories of tense, and a longer review of more recent work — especially on Greek and Slavic — on the distinctions between tense, aspect, and Aktionsart, and the associated terminology. The chapter then deals first with uses of the present tense, including the historic present (Lectures 27–8). Turning to the preterite, it discusses at length the tenses and aspects of Greek, addressing in turn the perfect (Lecture 29), the aorist (Lectures 30–1), imperfect, and pluperfect (Lecture 32),and the chapter treats much more briefly the past tenses of Latin and Germanic (Lectures 32–3). The chapter concludes (Lectures 33–6) with discussion of the range of means used to express the future, and of the uses of the various future (and future perfect) forms.
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