From: yochanan bitan-buth (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Nov 24 2000 - 23:14:35 EST
The following may be a good reason for people to use
some updated metalinguistics when talking about Greek:
>KAI hOTE EGENETO ETWN DWDEKA [aorist tense]
>ANABAINONTWN AUTWN [present tense]
>KATA TO EQOS THS hEORTHS
>KAI TELEIWSANTWN TAS hHMERAS [aorist tense]
>EN TWi hUPOSTREFEIN AUTOUS [present tense]
>hUPEMEINEN IHSOUS hO PAIS EN IEROUSALHM [aorist tense]
>KAI OUK EGNWSAN OI GONEIS AUTOU [aorist tense]
>ANABAINONTWN in the present tense strikes me as
>unusual. Both from an aspectual and temporal view.
>Any explanations as to this present usage here?
>Alan B. Thomas
UPOSTREFEIN 'returning' may be better referred to as a continuative or
(obviously incomplete and in-process in this context.)
ANABAINONTWN 'going up' is the 'in-process' participle
(usually used for simultaneous descriptions, within which something else
TELEIWSANTWN 'completed' is the simple, or aorist participle, usually not
something only 'in-process' and normally prior to a main event.
the other aorists are finite, indicative verbs and are simple past tenses,
providing nice markers for the main events of the story.
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