En réponse à Aquamarine Demon : >Not really knowing what progressive aspect is (I can wager a guess, >though... "I am eating" is it, at least...), I can at least tell you that >in French, "I eat" and "I am eating" (je mange) are the same thing. In my >3+ years of studying French (and I'm fairly competent in it...), I've >never encountered a correctly French way to express "I am eating" that >differentiates itself from "I eat". It may be confusing, mais c'est la vie. Believe me, it's not confusing at all :)) . Also, you seem to forget the existence of the expression "être en train de", which indicates progressive aspect. But due to its length, it has quite a strong progressive meaning which fits only some cases of use of the English progressive aspect (namely when you insist on the idea of an on-going action). Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.