Re The time element in the Greek tenses

Harry W. Jones hjbluebird at aol.com
Mon Aug 6 20:25:20 EDT 2001


> At 8:56 AM -0400 8/5/01, Harry W. Jones wrote:
> >To All B-Greekers,
> >
> >If I have three Greek verbs in a sentence which could or could not be
> >a mixture of regular verbs or participles, would the tenses of the
> >verbs represent or determine the sequence in which the actions took
> >place?
> >
> >For example,
> > <aorist or imperfect verb(could or could not be a participle>1
> > <present tense verb(could or could not be a participle>2
> > <future tense verb(could or could not be a participle)>3.
> >
> >Would the sequence of occurrence be 1 2 3?
> 
> I don't think this question can be that simply answered; one might very
> well have a sequence such as POLLA MEN PRIN MAQWN, PLEIONA DE NUN MANQANWN,
> hOMWS DE TA PLEISTA MAQHSOMAI EN TOIS ETESI ETI ERCOMENOIS. But it really
> does depend upon whether which time and action one wants to emphasize in
> the sentence; the more emphatic element tends to be stated earliest,
> although it can come climactically at the end.
> -- 
> 
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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Dear Carl,

I am somewhat surprised by your answer. I would think that there would
be a definite answer to this problem. You seem to be saying that the 
context determines the sequence. Correct?

Harry Jones



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