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[O.Fr., from Lat.,=time], in the grammar of many languages, a category of time distinctions expressed by any conjugated form of a verb. In Latin inflection the tense of a verb is indicated by a suffix that also indicates the verb's voice, mood, person, and number.
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imperfect

1. Botany
a. (of flowers) lacking functional stamens or pistils
b. (of fungi) not undergoing sexual reproduction
2. Law (of a trust, an obligation, etc.) lacking some necessary formality to make effective or binding; incomplete; legally unenforceable
3. Music
a. (of a cadence) proceeding to the dominant from the tonic, subdominant, or any chord other than the dominant
b. of or relating to all intervals other than the fourth, fifth, and octave
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The innovations are in the imperfect tense itself, with the addition of verbal prefixes that signal the sub-aspects, like Moroccan ka-ykteb or Egyptian bi-yiktib, 'he writes'.
Coming back to Table 4, it can be seen that instead of the pluperfect, both normal children and children with SLI sometimes produced imperfect tense sentences.
What with the consistent use of the perfect (or the present) rather than the imperfect tense and with locutions like "nachgewunken," the deceptively simple or naive style is unmistakably Austrian, but the locales are not.
The still lucid and perceptive discussion of the compound imperfect tense (mikarde-am) and the double compound past tense (karde bude-am) on pp.