Completive aspect

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Completive aspect refers to an aspectual form that expresses an action that has been carried out "thoroughly and to completion" (Bybee et al. 1994:318).


The term completive is occasionally also used for complement clauses; see completive (disambiguation page).


The term perfective aspect is very similar in meaning, but distinguished from completive by several authors (e.g. Bybee et al. 1994).


Bybee, Joan L. & Perkins, Revere & Pagliuca, William. 1994. The evolution of grammar: Tense, aspect and modality in the languages of the world. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.