Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online
Zon tava kwaji kume pixi.
Zon had almost eaten fish. OR: Zon was almost eating fish.
Note that the
+ VP construction only allows adverb
‘almost’ to intervene, whereas the
+ VP construction is more flexible, allowing some adverbs and pseudo-reflexives to intervene.
elicited from speaker
Position of tense, aspect, and mood markers in relation to the verb: In a leftward position
Tightness of the link between the past marker and the verb: Particle, a few lexical items may intervene