Delimitative aspect

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The delimitative aspect is a grammatical construct that indicates that a situation lasts only a certain amount of time.[1] It is sometimes called durative aspect. Russian: "я стоял и курил" (ja stojal i kuril) - "I stood and smoked" compared with "я постоял и покурил" (ja postoyal i pokuril) = "I stood and smoked for a while" (the prefix по- (po-) marking the delimitative aspect in this example).

Delimitative aspect in Chinese is often marked by reduplication of the verb. For details see Chinese grammar → Aspects.


  1. ^ Stephen Dickey. 2007. "A prototype account of the development of delimitative po- in Russian". In Dagmar Divjak and Agata Kochańska, Cognitive Paths into the Slavic Domain, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 329–373.