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Postby Scyld Scefing » Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:36 pm

Sometimes a nu appears in the end of the third person singular imperfect which I cant see in the paradigms. Other words also have a nu sometimes in the end, like some forms of to be or some prepositions; why?
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Re: Nu

Postby annis » Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:33 am

Scyld Scefing wrote:Sometimes a nu appears in the end of the third person singular imperfect which I cant see in the paradigms. Other words also have a nu sometimes in the end, like some forms of to be or some prepositions; why?


This is called "nu-movable." Pharr has a completely list of places it's likely to occur in §561.
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Postby Scyld Scefing » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:01 am

Thanks!
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Postby ximo » Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:35 pm

This nu can be also named euphonic. In Ancient Greek, they don't like that a word finishes with vowell and the next begin with a vowel too. That's the reason they used this nu to separate the two vowell belonging to different words. It is also used when the word is located at the end of a clause, before any punctuation sign. It appears in some third persons, in dative plurals of the third declension, with the form esti(n) of the copulative verb...
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