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ἥκω

Postby Lavrentivs » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:33 pm

ἥκω is a præsent with perfect sense; but isn't it really a perfect? it looks like one.
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Re: ἥκω

Postby spiphany » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:19 pm

In what way does it look like a perfect? Perfect tense is marked by a specific set of personal endings; ἥκω uses the same thematic endings as the present tense. Just because it has a kappa doesn't mean it's a perfect (there's no rule that a stem can't end in a kappa, furthermore, not all perfects are indicated this way).
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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