Re: query about SUMBAINW

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Feb 28 1997 - 08:46:25 EST

At 8:19 PM -0600 2/27/97, Ronald Ross wrote:
>While reading in the 21st chapter of Acts, I came across a construction
>21.35 that struck me as interesting. The text reads: SUNEBH BASTAZESQAI
>AUTON hUPO TWN STRATIWTWN. I am wondering if SUMBAINW when followed by
>a clause ('it happened THAT . . .')is always construed with a following
>infinitive with an accusative subject or are there other constructions,
>say with hOTI and a finite verb.

The accusative with infinitive is common; the other, apparently more common
construction with the impersonal SUMBAINEI is dative + infinitive.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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