Re: (longish) The Mysterious Disappearance of Verb Aspect

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Apr 14 1998 - 17:56:26 EDT

At 3:06 PM -0500 4/14/98, wrote:
>The past perfect tells us Paul died. [or Paul did die]

No: the past perfect (or pluperfect) tells us that Paul WAS dead at some
point in the past when something else related to it in the sentence took
place. It is the AORIST that "tells us Paul died" (as a fact about a past

But enough. I'll not carry this on any further. I just didn't want to let
the misrepresentation of the past perfect stand.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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