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adjective linguistics  /pəː(r)ˈfektɪv/
  1. the perfective aspect indicates that an action, situation, or event is seen as complete at a particular time. The perfective verb group consists of a form of ‘have’ and a past participle. For example, in the sentence ‘The voters have decided it’s time for a change’, ‘have decidedrefers to a point in time before now. In the sentence ‘After we had finished all the food, more people arrived’, ‘had finishedrefers to a point in time before ‘more people arrived’.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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