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Achievement is a type of situation (or state of affairs) that is dynamic and has no conceivable duration in time.



  • win, find, recognize, discover, leave, lose, finish, start, stop, begin, catch, arrive

Example sentences:

  • The bomb exploded .
  • He found the keys.


Achievements rarely combine with the progressive aspect, as they designate very short, instantaneous situations, which do not allow a continuous interpretation.

  • I noticed/?was noticing his new hair cut.

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