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From what I've been reading about progressive verb forms those types of verbs are more often atelic, but I'm wondering if there are progressive forms that are exceptions to that. Or how can atelic/telic verb forms be used to definitively express either progressive, or simple forms of verbs?

Some of the usual verb forms:

  1. He looked in the mirror brushing his teeth.
  2. He looked in the mirror while he was brushing his teeth.
  3. He brushed his teeth while looking in the mirror.

I have a related question here Are there verbs that are neither telic, or atelic?

The article on telicity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telicity

Edit: I think I have figured out the difference between telicity, and progression. Progression is more precise, and standard. I still don't know if progression is necessarily atelic, or telic. Or the other way around.

  • Aren't 1 and 2 the same, just with the verb phrase left out in 1?. This is high-level linguistics stuff for sure. I can't even find a reference for 'Atelic' and it's not a term I know. – user8356 Mar 15 at 17:20
  • Maybe. I just put some quick examples to start with. I'll add an article about telic/atalic in the body. – Quentin Engles Mar 15 at 17:27

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