[B-Greek] John 6:9
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Thu Jun 1 09:48:04 EDT 2006
On Jun 1, 2006, at 7:45 AM, frjsilver at optonline.net wrote:
> Dear Friends --
> Isn't the subject here actually TI?
> The parenthetic question TI ESTIN is a grammatical capsule with its
> own subject and verb, which agree in number. TAUTA (neuter plural)
> has merely an implied verb, if any.
> In English, maybe this comes out to something like 'But these (few)
> things -- what is *that* to (so many) of those people?'
Some might prefer to think of TI as the subject of ESTIN, but for my
part, I'd rather view the TI as a predicate word ("but these: what
are they for that number of people?"
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carl W. Conrad"
> Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 3:38 am
> Subject: Re: [B-Greek] John 6:9
> To: "Dony K.Donev"
> Cc: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
>> On Jun 1, 2006, at 12:32 AM, Dony K. Donev wrote:
>>> I need someone to comment on the use plural pronoun with the
>>> singular verb in the second clause of John 6:9.
>> Text: ESTIN PAIDARAION hWDE hOS ECEI PENTE ARTOUS KRIQINOU KAI
>> OYARIA; ALLA TAUTA TI ESTIN EIS TOSOUTOUS?
>> It's the last question part involved here. There's nothing
>> about a singular verb with a neuter plural subject -- that's
>> Greek usage, although it's often not observed in NT Koine.
>> Carl W. Conrad
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Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
cwconrad2 at mac.com
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