Star. (mirmarmelade) wrote in linguaphiles,

English vs. other Germanic past/perfect

Could anyone point me towards a source that discusses the use of English tense and aspect compared to other Germanic languages, preferably Dutch or German? I seem to remember something about the different use of simple past vs. present perfect, but I'm not sure what and I'm not being specific enough for Google's liking. I'm talking about situations where you'd have to use a simple past in English but a present perfect in the other language, or the other way around.

Note that I'm not asking you to explain to me how this works, but to point me to a publication I can use as a reference :)
Tags: dutch, english, german


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