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Aorist, Perfect etc. Indicative Middle Question

Uhm, I'm now at this part of "First Greek Book"


My question is in regards to the grammar notes:

Grammar Notes

849. The genitive (as ablative) may denote that from which anything is separated or distinguished. On this principle the genitive follows verbs denoting to remove, restrain, release, cease, fail, differ, give up, and the like. Thus, διέσχον ἀλλήλων ὡς τριάκοντα στάδια, they were about thirty furlongs distant ...
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Krashen and Ancient Greek teaching methods

The other Krashen thread got side tracked (and with hindsight I see that was my fault because of the way I opened the topic). However, can I ask that people only post here if they want to talk about Krashen's views on language acquisition.

But this part of Joel's was related to Krashen

jeidsath wrote:I think Krashen's advice is mostly good, though there are parts that I have become very skeptical about over the years. One ...
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Question regarding Demonstrative Pronouns

Uhm, I finally reached the Demonstrative Pronouns portion of JWW's "First Greek Book"

My question is regarding αὐτός, αὐτή, αὐτό.

autos is neuter, right? So why is there three different forms? Is it that one of these forms are for masculine, one for feminine and one for something else?

The other pronouns were clearer, this one is not.
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Advice requested

I have been working at learning Greek for quite a long time but only recently have I been able to devote more time to the study. I have gone through Samuel G Green's NT Greek, J. W. White's First Greek Book and am reading Xenophon, off and on, in the Loeb edition. I am also working on North and Hillard's Greek Prose Composition but since my only goal is to be able to read Greek ...
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A comprehensible input story

When even I find this story to be comprehensible input, trust me - it is:
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not really about Stephen Krashen at all

Markos has mentioned Stephen Krashen but I have only just begun to read/listen to him.
I have for long felt that the reason that my progress in Ancient Greek has been zero for the last few years is because I have read everything which I can read in Ancient Greek and what remains I can only decode. Decoding Greek seems to give me no benefit and I find that when I go back to text ...
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Deigma - Walters and Conway

The book 'Deigma: A First Greek Book' by Walters and Conway (1916, 1929 etc) is available on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/cu31924052695222
I recently found the Key to this course in a second-hand bookshop (published 1920), and have uploaded this to the Internet Archive as well, at: https://archive.org/details/DeigmaKeyWaltersAndConway
It contains pretty thorough corrections to most of the exercises in the original book.
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Ancient Greek 1001 nights

I was surfing the web today and I stumbled upon the tales of Syntipas and the seven sages. If you enjoy Aesop, this stuff is fun for beginners.

https://books.google.com/books?id=uQRSA ... as&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=17xTA ... as&f=false

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Does the periphrastic pluperfect passive exist in Greek?

For example, συνειλημμένοι ἦσαν - is this parsed as a pluperfect passive (they had been gathered) or just as a perfect participle + ἦσαν (they were gathered)
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the English simple past is not an aorist

To quote from "Learn to Read Greek" Keller & Russel: "The Aorist indicative has past time and simple aspect and so differs from the imperfect indicative, which has past time but with progressive or repeated aspect."

It is true that the past simple will often be a good translation of the aorist but the English past simple also includes habitual action:
Ἄνθρωπος δέ τις ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐνεδιδύσκετο πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον εὐφραινόμενος καθ᾽ ἡμέραν λαμπρῶς. ...
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