[b-hebrew] Verb Inflection & Tense

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Mon Oct 3 13:37:12 EDT 2005


> Why not? In some languages e.g. Koine Greek infinitives intrinsically 
> have both tense and aspect. 

Do you mean to claim that all Greek infinitives intrinsically have tense? I
can see that one might claim this for the Future infinitive, but for the
Aorist and Present? By tense do you mean relative tense? Even then, the
Aorist doesn't fit. Cannot the same infinitive be used in META TO + inf.,
and PRO TOU + inf.?
It seems to me that Greek infinitives used absolutely serve as commands.
XAIREIN

Ken Penner, M.C.S. (Biblical Languages, Greek Focus), M.A. (Hebrew Poetry)
Ph.D. (cand.), McMaster University
pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
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