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Let us consider whether the coercion approach can be applied to Ancient Greek. The answer to this question is in the negative, the reason for this being that the Imperfective and Aorist differ from the Imparfait and Passé Simple in some crucial respects. The first respect concerns the first argument de Swart puts forward in favor of a coercion analysis for French, the restriction to the past tense. In Ancient Greek the perfective/imperfective distinction is not restricted to the past tense. On the contrary, it is grammaticalized throughout the verb paradigm.

The argumentation is based on the similarities and differences between the aspectual systems of French and Ancient Greek. Before I lay down the organization of this paper, an important point has to be made about the term perfective/imperfective distinction, as the title of the paper may be misleading. The title may suggest that there are scholars who claim that the aspectual shifts that we find with imperfective and perfective aspect should be treated as coercion phenomena. This, however, is not the case.

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