[b-greek] Re: Pronoun gender agreement

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 12:43:36 EDT

At 11:25 AM -0500 7/14/00, Nelson D. Kloosterman wrote:
>Dear friends,
>"A pronoun agrees with its antecedent in gender and number," wrote Machen in
>his beginning grammar (p. 47). He then proceeded to illustrate with the
>sentence: BLEPW TON MAQHTHN KAI DIDASKW AUTON, which being translated is, "I
>see the disciple and teach him."
>Recall that the gender of MAQHTHS is masculine.
>Here is my question: In light of the grammatical observation that "a pronoun
>agrees with its antecedent in GENDER and number," what would the Greek have
>been for the sentence, "I see the disciple and teach her"?

One attested feminine form of MAQHTHS (Acts 9:36) is MAQHTRIA, in view of
which your sentence would be BLEPW THN MAQHTRIAN KAI DIDASKW AUTHN.



Carl W. Conrad
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