Imperfect of διεστέλλετο

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Jonathan Michaels
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Imperfect of διεστέλλετο

Post by Jonathan Michaels » May 22nd, 2015, 9:50 am

Hello:

I am reading Mounce's online Teknia blog entry regarding chapter(21) regarding the Imperfect Indicative.

In this post on aktionsart, he mentions the greek word διεστέλλετο.

I am not understanding where the augment is found in this word.

Is this a compound verb?
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Re: Imperfect of διεστέλλετο

Post by cwconrad » May 22nd, 2015, 10:13 am

Jonathan Michaels wrote:Hello:

I am reading Mounce's online Teknia blog entry regarding chapter(21) regarding the Imperfect Indicative.

In this post on aktionsart, he mentions the greek word διεστέλλετο.

I am not understanding where the augment is found in this word.

Is this a compound verb?
It is indeed: δια-στέλλομαι. The augment in a compound verb ordinarily comes between the prefix and the verbal stem; in this instance the α of δια- is elided before the ε in δι-ε-στέλλετο.
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οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)

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

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