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Postby Lavrentivs » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:03 am

from the key to North's Prose Composition 7.9:

ὁ σῖτος [or, τὰ σῖτα] καὶ ὁ οἶνος εἰσι χρήσιμα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις.

Why not χρήσιμοι? Is the thought that they are useful things? The English: "Corn and wine are useful to men."
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Re: neuter?

Postby NateD26 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:38 pm

Shouldn't it then be ἐστι χρήσιμα?
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Re: neuter?

Postby Lavrentivs » Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:04 pm

The subjects would be masculine even though the prædicate were neutral.
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Re: neuter?

Postby NateD26 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:24 am

Lavrentivs wrote:The subjects would be masculine even though the prædicate were neutral.

Indeed. I initially confused between the subject and predicate.
In any case, you've answered your question. No reason to use the masculine here
for the predicate noun. While the subject grammatical gender is masculine, they're neuter
in meaning and would be better described with a neuter predicate.
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