Multiple Subject and Verb Agreement

Harry W. Jones hjbluebird at
Thu Oct 4 00:45:45 EDT 2001

Dear Emil,

A verb must agree with its subject in person(first,second,or third) and
number(singular or plural). If a subject is singular then the verb must
be singular. If the subject is first or third person then the verb must be
first or third person. Etc,etc...The gender would have no bearing on this
situation. More information on this can be obtained from GGBB starting at
page 390.

I hope this helps.

Harry Jones

> Dear all,
> I'm a new member to the list and a beginner in koine greek. I would like to
> ask some simple questions. In a case of multiple subject, a verb would very
> frequently agree in number with the closer subject element. I just want to
> make sure that my understanding is right, especially concerning the general
> rule of verb agreement with a neuter plural subject.
> If we have multiple subject:
> 1. masculine plural and neuter plural - plural or singular verb? (noting
> that neutral plural nouns usually have a singular verb as an agreement).
> 2. neuter plural and masculine plural - plural or singular verb?
> Are differences in gender in a multiple subject influencing the use of verb
> numbers?
> Thank you very much.
> sincerely,
> Emil Salim
> Jakarta, Indonesia

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