concrete verb

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concrete verb (plural concrete verbs)

  1. (Slavic grammar) Concrete verb refers to a verbal aspect in verbs of motion that is unidirectional (as opposed to multidirectional), a definitely directed motion, or a single, completed action (instead of a repeated action or series of actions). Concrete verbs may be either imperfective or perfective.
    (concrete) I went to the post office. (and am there now, unidirectional)
    (abstract) I went to the post office. (there and back, multidirectional)
    (concrete) I went to the theater and had an accident. (the event occurred at the theater)
    (abstract) I went to the theater and had an accident. (the event occurred during the trip there and back)
    (concrete) I flew to Frankfurt. (a single, completed action)
    (abstract) I like to fly. (repeated action)

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