ASPECT (ВИД). Verbal Aspect for Elementary Russian. Depending on how you count them, English has as many as SEVENTEEN tenses. I spent a few hours reading the New Yorker last night, as I have done for many years. I might (correctly) say any or all of the following:. I read the New Yorker.
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Verbal Aspect for Elementary Russian
In simplest terms, PERFECTIVE stresses the RESULT of an action while IMPERFECTIVE stresses the PROCESS.
I watched the Flintstones. (Perfective)
I was watching the Flintstones. (Imperfective)
Note that in English and in Russian, it’s very difficult to make denotative mistakes in aspectual choice. In other words, whatever choice I make, no one is going to be confused.
Do you want to stress the PROCESS (imperfective) or the RESULT (perfective) of an action?
Another way to think of it: Could you take a photograph of the sentence (perfective), or would you need to make a film (imperfective)?