durative aspect
Definition - An aspect used to show actions that are in progress at a particular time in the past, present, or future.

Notes:
1. It is also called either the progressive or continuous aspect.

Example -
He was eating when they left. (past durative)

Etymology -
The term ultimately derives from the Latin durare, harden.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1889:
"Durative verbs on taking a prefix become perfective."
(W. R. Morfill Russ. Gram. 40)



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