Re: Greek conditionals

From: TAYLOR, MARK D [FND/1000] (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2000 - 14:29:30 EDT

<x-charset iso-8859-1>It was interesting for me to read the discusson on 1st class conditionals,
because I have recently been trying to understand them as well. I read
through Daniel Wallace's description in "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics",
which is the "assumed to be true for the sake of argument" viewpoint, but
wasn't really satisfied with that.

My own, uneducated feeling is that, while the 2nd class protasis is
definitely false, the 1st class protasis is EITHER definitely true or
definitely false (not just definitely true), and the 3rd class is more
open/general (although not exclusively) and sometimes gnomic. To me, the 1st
class is saying something "is" or "is not", used more in regard to specific
occurrences. The indicative saying that the protasis is in regards to fact,
but the context telling if it is factually true or factually false.

St. Louis

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