Re: How to memorize verb forms...

Bill Mounce (
Sun, 15 Dec 96 23:57:03 -0800 (PST)

>1) There are some verbs that are not underlined which have changes which
>must be memorized, at least I feel the need to. For example
>the aorist passive of AKOUW. There is a sigma added before the the theta
>of the tense formative. I cannot remember this if I do not memorize it.
>Are these deviations a problem for me because I did not memorize the
>rules well enough ?

THis is a personal thing. If you need to memorize, then do so I guess. But
frankly, I don't really care if my students know when the sigma is inserted
before the aorist passive tense formative. There are always othe
rindicators that it is an aorist.
>2) There are many forms that do not appear in the chart because they
>are not in the NT. I somehow feel obligated to know which ones these
Why? If you want to write Greek comic strips (like I am toying with now),
okay, you need the words and accents. But if you are like most and don't
have the tim even for Biblical Greek, these forms are not significant. At
least, that's what I think.

Bill Mounce
Teknia Software, Inc.


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