Subject Focused Verbs
Doug.Paul at GDC4S.Com
Wed Jan 9 13:43:09 EST 2002
I have followed with interest the discussions on Middle/Passive voice. In
trying to understand the idea of a verb being subject focused I have looked
at the following two texts with respect to the word MOICHEUW:
"... EGW DE LEGW hUMIN hOTI PAS hO BLEPWN GUNAIKA PROS TO EPIQUMHSAI AUTHN
HDH EMOICEUSEN AUTHN EN TH KARDIA AUTOU."
"EGW DE hUMIN hOTI hOS AN APOLUSH THN GUNAIKA AUTOU MH EPI PORNEIA KAI
GAMHSH ALLHN MOICATAI"
In Matt 5:28 the verb morphology is active and in Matt 19:9 it is
middle-passive. The difference I believe is that in Matt 5:28 the point is
the relationship between the action of BLEPW and the action of MOICHEUW.
Where as in Matt 19:9 the focus is on the participants ( or subjects) in the
adultry. We can discuss the activity in terms of the adultry or in terms of
the adulterers; that determines the choice of morphology.
Does that conclustion seem reasonable?
doug.paul at GDC4S.com
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