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Postby auctor » Fri Apr 04, 2003 11:42 am

Hello all,<br /><br />I'm learning Greek with the OU, and JACT Reading Greek. Can someone explain why<br />pOs gar ou;<br />is followed by the interrogative semi-colon. It's not really a question, is it? More a sort of "certe" in Latin - adverb<br /><br />Thanks for any help,<br /><br />Paul
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Re:of course

Postby annis » Fri Apr 04, 2003 1:28 pm

> I'm learning Greek with the OU, and JACT Reading Greek. Can <br />> someone explain why<br />> pOs gar ou;<br />> is followed by the interrogative semi-colon. It's not really a <br />> question, is it? More a sort of "certe" in Latin - adverb<br /><br />It is not at all like 'certe', actually. It's a shame most beginners' books don't explain these things more carefully. While 'of course' is the sense of this phrase, it really means "for how not?"<br /><br />A: Are all men mortal?<br />B: pOs gar ou? [Yes,] for how not?<br /><br />So it's sort of a rhetorical "how else could it be" question, with the same sort of sense we use 'of course' as in English. So even though this phrase is sort of stereotyped, it still gets the punctuation of a question.<br /><br />--<br />wm
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