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I have spent most of my career in government service, much of it abroad. I have a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and the Diploma in English Language Studies from the UK's Open University, and am qualified as a teacher of English to foreign learners. I have studied several other languages including French, German, Latin, Arabic and Old and Middle English.

My blog, Caxton, is mostly, but not entirely, about the English language.

Elsewhere on the web I have attempted to write in the constrained style of the 'Ouvroir de littérature potentielle' (OULIPO) in Variations on an Incident in Paris and in Variations on Jane Austen. I have also created a full set of 256 Syllogisms by figure and mood and showing which are valid and which are not.


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I see, thank you. According to the reference @Laure has provided, I assume that the tense of 'J'ai mangé', would be described as ‘passé composé’ and its aspect as ‘accompli’. Is that right? In my terms, ‘j’ai mangé’ isn’t a tense, but a construction formed of the present tense of ‘avoir’ and the past participle of ‘manger’ used to express perfect aspect. Unlike the English ‘I’ve eaten’, ‘j’ai mangé’ does not necessarily, as I understand it, have relevance at the time of speaking.
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comment Tense and Aspect
Thank you, @Laure. That extract is impressive. That approach doesn't seem to have worked its way through to books for foreigne learners of French. Equally, it is not found in books for foreign learners of English. English has indicative, subjunctive and imperative moods, but we express modality through modal verbs.
Nov
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comment Tense and Aspect
@Evpok: But do they call it a tense?
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