[B-Greek] Last question on Verbal components
Henry T. Carmichael
carmih at bigfoot.com
Sat Feb 21 23:15:56 EST 2004
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 15:34:27 -0500
From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Last question on Verbal components
To: Mitch Larramore <mitchlarramore at yahoo.com>
Cc: B Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
At 10:22 AM -0800 2/20/04, Mitch Larramore wrote:
>>I am so very sorry for belaboring this point. I
>>promise to move on even if I fail to understand this.
>>I am having a hard time formulating my question. But
>>here is another example that may help me understand
>>the idea of STEMS and their relationship to VOICE.
>>Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here's how I would understand these forms:
(1) LU- is the ROOT of the verb; it is the element that is constant in
all conceivable verb forms of LUW in any mood,voice, finite verb,
infinitive, or participle.
(2) I would speak of the present stem as LU- or LU-O/E (because all
present tense forms of any mood or voice,finitive or infinitive or
participial forms are built upon LU- with a thematic vowel O/E.
Dear Dr. Conrad:
Thank you for your explanation. It is clearer than anything I have read
in any Greek Grammar to date. The roots, stems, tenses, voices,
principal parts, etc. in Greek have been a greater source of confusion
to me than anything else in Greek. I studied Russian, and wasn't half
so dismayed as I was (and still am, betimes) at Greek. I studied
German, and wasn't so confused as I get in Greek. I think that if I can
get a handle on this - the verb in Greek, I'll feel more at home.
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