is a feature of verbs, and it is most closely associated
with the category of tense. In fact, in some grammars
there is no attempt to distinguish between the two, since there is no separate
form that distinguishes between tense and aspect.
purpose of the verb is to activate the nouns in the sentence. Actions have
two main features: the time they are done (past, present, future), and the
type of actions they are (instant, continuous, repeated, completed, etc.).
Aspect deals with the latter featurethe type or kind of action involved.
deals with the TIME of action.
deals with the KIND or TYPE of action.
For verbs other than those
in the indicative, the kind or action (aspect) rather than the time of action
is the focus.