Re: Aspect Specifics

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Mon Apr 14 1997 - 11:47:26 EDT

At 10:42 AM 4/14/97 -0500, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>At 9:14 AM -0500 4/14/97, S. M. Baugh wrote:
>>Whereas in the aorist forms, GINWSKW *normally* has this
>>meaning (there may be exceptions, but they would be rare). I don't think
>>you exactly contradicted this, but it's worth noting.

I think I agree completely here.

>Strictly as a matter of idiom, it seems to me that I have frequently seen
>in Plato the simple EMAQON in the sense, "Oh, now I get it" or "Now I see."
>I would suppose this is resultative, but if one wanted to count up
>thousands of categories, one might call it "aorist of action completed a
>moment ago."

My favorite example is one that threw me completely the first time I ran
into it:

"Now I know what I will do" or "I got it - this is what I'll do!"


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