Original Articles

Present tense in Xhosa: What does it mean?

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 6, issue 2, 1986 , pages: 71–73
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1986.10586654
Author(s): J.A. du Plessis,


The meaning of the present tense in Xhosa was investigated. It was found that tense and aspect are crucial concepts in understanding this tense. An analysis of some sentence structures with this tense in the Indicative mood furthermore showed that semantic features linked with this tense must also take cognizance of a subclassification of verbs.

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