[b-greek] Re: Hearing: Luke 10:24 tenses of the infinitives

From: Randall Buth (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 19:41:48 EST

shalom gfsomsel,

>Really?!! How so? I don't see how hearing it would have clarified it
>whatsoever. I could, however, be wrong so please explain.

It would have helped to quote a fuller part of my reply:

>>both IDEIN and AKOUSAI are aorist.
>>It would have helped to have been hearing these forms.
>>The accent on IDEIN is idEIN (final syllable).
>>And aorist of course, is the default/simple infinitive for most verbs.

Aorist infinitives that do not use -sai
will attract the accent on their -ein:

LABEIN is accented on -EIN
EUREIN is accented on -EIN
ELQEIN is accented on -EIN
BALEIN is accented on -EIN


[[Of course, that is not an absolute indication, because verbs with
"hidden -E-" will also accent continuative infinitives in -EIN
POIEIN (accented -EIN) vs. POIHSAI (accented -H-)
BOHQEIN (accented -EIN) vs. BOHQHSAI (accented -QH-)
FILEIN (accented -EIN) vs. FILHSAI (accented -LH-)]]

Nevertheless "it would have helped to be hearing these forms"
and IDEIN hits the eye-brain-ear as "idEIN" (accent on -EIN)
and a reminder of its aorist stem-iness.


Randall Buth

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