pronoun/antecedent agreement

Date: Tue Jun 04 1996 - 17:01:46 EDT

Marion Fox here: Yesterday, 6-3-96 I posted the following question (which
I have modified slightly):

Marion here with another question: If the antecedent of the pronoun
(attached to the verb) can be in any case what is the meaning of a noun in
the nominative case? You assert that the subject can be in any case.
Either a nominative case substantive, genitive case substantive, ablative
case substantive, dative case substantive, instrumental case substantive,
locative case substantive, accusative case substantive, or vocative case
substantive can be the subject of a sentence (clause etc.) according to
you are saying. What is the purpose of these case distinctions in Greek?

Marion here again (6-4-96)

Randy Leedy pointed out in his post of 6-3-96 in which he replied to my
"I tell you in all kindness that you are embarrassing yourself with these
posts, . . ."
I appreciate Randy's concern for my feelings in this matter and note his
on this matter. I will embarass myself one more time by requesting that
help me understand the points in the above paragraph. What is the purpose
of the
nominative case ending if it is not used to denote the subject of the
sentence? I
suppose that I have been wrong to assume, when I see a nominative case noun,
that it was probably either the subject of the sentence (clause etc.) or a
nominative. (Note that I know there are some other uses of the nominative
listed in the standard grammar books).

What is the meaning of a nominative case noun when it is found in a
Does it function more like a predicate nominative in that it renames the
subject of the
sentence (denoted by the ending of the finite verb)?

I now understand that the accusative case does not denote the direct object
because it
might be the subject of the sentence (or at least rename or in some manner
denote the
subject [which is identified by the finite verb].) Before someone jumps on
this I know that
the accusative case has other uses than the direct object but I have now
learned that it
may denote the subject of the sentence as well. I appreciate your filling
me in on these

Yours in His service,

Marion R. Fox
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Rose State College
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