[B-Greek] Dative participial clauses

Elizabeth Kline kline_dekooning at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 3 17:31:17 EDT 2007

Iver's framework is more complex than I gave it credit for [sic]. Pre- 
verbal participles don't seem that big of a mystery to me. If we just  
forget about the so called absolutes and focus on reasons why  
information is placed in that pre-verbal position, there are two  
major reasons, one is to focus attention, the other is to provide  
staging for the action of the main verb.

Iver wrote:

> That the subordinate clause occurs before the main clause indicates  
> that it sets the scene.

I think this is the right place to start the discussion.

Elizabeth Kline

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