What is the 'aspect' of a Serbian verb?

Let's tackle a brand new grammatical concept!

Maybe you already heard of this or read about it: Serbian verbs also come with an 'aspect'.
Understanding what the grammatical concept of the aspect is, may decide over your success in learning Serbian.
(So, maybe you'd like to read more about this.
We would like to refer you to the corresponding entry in Wikipedia for further studying.)
The term 'aspect' refers to the line of sight that the narrator of sentence has on the events.
The aspect of a verb helps to describe how (the manner/ the modality) the events take place.
Serbian verbs distinguish a imperfective and a perfective aspect.
The following table shows the differences and will help you to pick the correct aspect type.

Synopsis: Verbal aspect in Serbian

Imperfective verbal aspect: Perfective verbal aspect:
keyword: time and time again ... keyword: now!
focus is on the progression of the action focus is on the result of the action
happens time and time again /
recurring action
happens only one time
Марко продаје аутомобиле./
Marko prodaje automobile.
(Marko sells cars.)
Марко је брзо продао свој стари ауто./
Marko je brzo prodao svoj stari auto.
(Marko quickly sold his old car.)


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