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Perfect/imperfect vs Past/present/future

From:Nihil Sum <nihilsum@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 2, 2002, 6:51
To whoever can help:

I need to do some reading up on the differences between languages that see
verbs in terms of past/present/future, and those (like the Semitic
languages) that use only a perfect/imperfect distinction. There was a brief
blurb about it on a site mentioned here which gave some examples of Arabic
verb conjugations. It didn't really go into detail on how the
perfect/imperfect system works.
I'm thinking of using such a system in an upcoming project, but I need to
know how it works.
Any info you could point me to would be appreciated.


P.S. When I reply to messages, they don't get included in the "thread" for
some reason, even though the subject line says "Re: whatever". What's going

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