We love Thai food.

How do you consider it is Perfective aspect because this aspect shows complete and bounded action.

This sentence is not complete action.

What is a good definition of present simple aspect that can be understood?

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    Why do you think it's perfective? There are a number of different reasons for using the simple present tense.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 1 at 14:52
  • @Stuart F, I don't think it's perfective as showing fact and continuous in present . Actually I don't understand what is perfective aspect in present tense!
    – user464967
    Oct 1 at 15:11
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    "Perfective aspect in present tense" is a nonsensical but very official-sounding grammatical term that can be used to describe anything (like many other such terms). Online grammar advice is full of them. English has a Perfect construction (with have), but no perfective aspect per se. So don't worry about it. And the present tense is used for most stative predicates (including adjectives and nouns) -- He's asleep, He's tall, She's a doctor, They own the house -- and in a generic sense with active predicates -- He sleeps in that room, She rents the house, That dog bites. Oct 1 at 16:32
  • If you travel and say I like spicy food, he loves silk, we enjoy music, everyone understands. Not just in English, probably in most. Oct 2 at 0:37

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English does not systematically distinguish perfective vs imperfective aspects in the way that (for example) Slavonic languages do.

For most verbs the "present simple" is used with a habitual or timeless sense, or in present-tense narrative. The so-called "present continuous" is used for a current state or activity.

For many verbs of perception and inner state, the "continuous" construction is not commonly used, and the "present simple" is used for both a present state and a habitual or timeless sense.

I don't think that perfective/imperfective is helpful in describing the use of these forms.

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