Re: Imperfects as simple pasts

Carlton L. Winbery (
Wed, 15 May 1996 11:41:43 -0500

Kevin Buchs wrote;
>What is the opinion of the "list community" regarding the "focus on
>connection" understanding of imperfects as supported by James Voelz
>(Fundamental Greek Grammar) and others. In this understanding,
>imperfects are translated in one or more of several ways: continuous,
>habitual, inceptive, conative, repetitive, and emphatic.
What Voelz calls conative would probably include APELUONTO in Acts 28:25.
That is the one category that very few grammarians have included in
reference to the imperfect.

Carlton Winbery
Fogleman Prof. Religion
Louisiana College