Re: Further question on Word order.

On Mon, 21 Nov 1994, PRAISE G-D FOR ALL THINGS wrote:
> I understand fully that the word order in the Greek does not
> necessarily follow our understanding.  The author could place
> the subject any where in the sentence to add emphasis to it.
> In an EIMI structured sentence both sides of the verb could be the subject.  
> So we could write "In the beginning" or "The Word".  I understand what has 
> been said about this subject so far.  The thing that I do not understand is
> if one of the nouns (for lack of a better word) has an article in front of
> it, I was taught that it goes to the front of the sentence.
> Was I taught wrong, or as was already stated, does the prepositional phrase
> cause me to modify this?

I'm sorry to have to say this, but I think you were taught wrong; in a 
sentence in which EIMI links a subject and a predicate word, the 
subject-noun normally has the article and normally (i.e. MOST of the 
time) follows the verb form while the predicate word takes the initial 
position. Thus, normal structure: AGATHOS ESTIN HO ANHR (although you 
might also, less frequently, see HO ANHR ESTIN AGATHOS). Similarly, if 
the predicate word is a noun, the normal word-order would be KYBERNHTHS 
ESTIN HO KRATYLOS, although you might less frequently see HO KRATYLOS 

Hope this helps rather than confuses.

Carl W. Conrad
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