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Re: Middle voice

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Friday, September 25, 1998, 19:34
Pablo Flores wrote:

> A question to whoever knows out there: > What is "middle voice" in verbs?
Well, it's a little complicated. Middle voice is basically just what you'd expect it to be: half-way between the active and passive voices. But it doesn't mean reflexive (which is another middle kind of meaning), it means basically that you are doing something _for_ yourself, that you are acting on your own behalf, not on someone else's. For example, if you are a home contractor, building homes for a living, you would use the active voice to say "I build houses", while if you were an individual, building your own home with your own two hands, then you'd use the middle, because it's on your own behalf that you are building the house. At least that's my understanding of it. Not too many languages have a middle; Ancient Greek did, and I think Sanskrit (not sure). Apparently PIE had *only* the middle and active; no passive. The passives naturally developed from the middle, of course. Well, I hope that answers your question. ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." We look at [the Tao], and do not see it; Its name is the Invisible. - Lao Tsu, _Tao Te Ching_ Nature is wont to hide herself. - Herakleitos ========================================================