Present Perfect vs. Simple Past in Greek school textbooks: A competitive relation?

Simeon Tsolakidis, Dimitra Melissaropoulou


This paper examines the use and the functions of the Standard Modern Greek Present Perfect A in comparison with those of the Simple Past as presented in Greek school textbooks of Secondary Education. The available data indicate that the relation between the two tenses is both complementary and competitive depending on the environment and the function. Crucially, the attested uses of the Present Perfect are not mentioned in the school grammars. Thus, school texts could contribute to a better usage-based acquaintance with other text-oriented uses of the Present Perfect in comparison with the Simple Past.


Present Perfect, Simple Past, Greek school textbooks, current relevance, definiteness

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