Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 17:23:12 EDT
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 17:14:23 EDT
Subject: Re: [b-greek] Re: Fwd: Mk 10:21
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In a message dated 08/30/2000 5:43:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
> >I guess that Rolf is suggesting that there is no pragmatic difference in
> >saying "You were lacking in one thing" and "You lack one thing" or perhaps
> >even "You lacked one thing" (throughout the process of your youth), since
> >amounts to the same state or information. However, the full message
> >more than the transfer of information.
> I think this can be done in English as well; although the same essential
> content is expressed in each of these, there is certainly a difference of
> between the perspectives expressed inf:
> "You're missing one thing" or "You're getting one thing wrong" (Greek
> "You missed one thing" or "You got one thing wrong" (Greek aorist)
> "There was one thing you missed" (Greek imperfect)
> "One thing is definitely missing" (Greek perfect?)
Yes, and I think instances of speech like these in modern languages were
exactly what started the inquiry into aspect. As I said earlier, aspect is
also an issue in English studies.
And I also agree with your question mark on the perfect--you'd call its usage
"marked" which is emphatic, and while you can describe it, it needs a bit
more than a literal rendition in English (in my opinion).
PhD Student, Roehampton
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