re: Present Tense

From: yochanan bitan (
Date: Wed Oct 20 1999 - 04:48:39 EDT

>when the author wishes to convey a different Aktionsart than the
>verb's Lexis; viz., in English to make the linear "to run" into a
>compressed Aktionsart we use the simple present "He runs" instead of the
>progressive "He is running";

i wouldn't call 'he runs' a simple present at all.
actually, 'he runs' is basically "habitual" in english.
and he is running is a "real present".
randall buth

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