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Re: What's the aorist tense?

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, July 1, 2004, 5:25
On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at 09:51 , Philip Newton wrote:

> On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 07:46:13 +0100, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> > wrote: >> >> On Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at 07:45 , Philip Newton wrote: >> >>> denw - present indicative >> >> Identical with the present subjunctive in pronunciation & in the current >> spelling (but Katharevousa used different spellings for the two sets of >> endings) > > Well, for most endings, yes. (1sg. is always -w, though, and I'm not > sure about the distinction in 2pl and 3pl.)
Yes, you're right. 1sg., 2pl., and 3pl. were spelled the same in Katharevousa,just as in Demotic. The 2nd & 3rd singulars, which are now spelled -eis and -ei for both indicative & 'subjunctive' uses, sre spelled -eis & -ei in Katharevousa if indicative, but -hs & -h (h = eta) if subjunctive. Indeed in the older forms of Katharevousa, the old iota subscripts were put beneath the etas. As for the 1st plural, the current spelling is -oume, but Katharevousa has -ome(n) for indicative & -wme(n) for subjunctive. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760