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First a correction regarding the underlying facts: It is misleading to say that standard German does not have a progressive aspect. As pointed out in a passage you quoted, standard German has an extremely short and efficient method to express the progressive aspect: adding the adverb gerade, which roughly translates to right now. It's just not obligatory. ...


It does not make much sense to ask why a certain language has this or that feature. Why does english have just only one noun class (i.e. gender)? (with the exception of pronouns for persons; he, she, it). German has three such classes (male, female, neuter) and Swahili has 22. Why does modern English just have 3 grammatical cases, while old english had 5, ...

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