[B-Greek] Can the Imperfect not be Continuous? (ELEGEN)
bucksburg at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 15 15:19:49 EST 2010
Anyone who spends time listening to teenage girls converse is familiar with this
phenomenon in English, the semi-transitive limited-declination past-tense usage
So right about then I'm talking to my friend, right? And she goes, "Look, I'm
telling you--just say yes!"
Then I go, "But--oh, how do I put it? He's, like, SO weird!"
From: Richard Lindeman <oblchurch at msn.com>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Tue, December 14, 2010 5:42:55 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Can the Imperfect not be Continuous?
I am not comfortable with the category "instantaneous imperfect" either. It
sounds like a contradiction in terms. It may very well be as Dr. Runge
indicates, that the speech being introduced is incomplete and that the
imperfect is therefore connecting a series of statements together.
But there is also another possibility. Imperfect may not be communicating
"ongoing" or "incomplete". At times I think that imperfect simply takes one
up close and into the ongoing action... Or in the case of speech brings the
reader up close and into the actual conversation.
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