[B-Greek] Augment in participle (John 1:6)

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Sun Jul 25 17:53:59 EDT 2010

Smyth seems to cover the topic pretty thoroughly in §§439-443. Much of this is tangled up with
phonology and diachronic alterations to verb-stems.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

On Jul 25, 2010, at 5:39 PM, Barry wrote:

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> Subject: [B-Greek] Augment in participle (John 1:6)
>> Dear B-Greekers,
>> I'm puzzled by the construction of the perfect participle of apostellw (ἀποστέλλω) in John 1:6.
>> Here the word is rendered apestalmenos (ἀπεσταλμένος).
>> However, I understood that only the indicative takes the augment, so I would have expected apostalmenos (ἀποσταλμένος).
>> Clearly I'm missing something and I was hoping that somebody might be able to suggest what that might be.
> G'day, mate...
> Did I say that right?  :)
> This is not an augment, but reduplication.  "Verbs begining with a vowel, or with a double consonant, or with two more consonants other than a mute and a liquid, have a reduplication identical with augment."  (C&S p. 174).
> One of my Greek prof's in college sometimes called it "spurious augment," thought I've never seen or heard the terminology anwywhere else.
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