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Postby Eureka » Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:54 am

Because I'm fairly new to this language, I just want to make shure the grammar of my new signature is correct:

[face=SPIonic]sofia\ di/dwsi a0nqrwpw|~ r9w&mhn. [/face]

:) I anyone spots an error could you please let me know. (Also if I've inadvertently copied someone else's signature.)
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Postby chad » Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:36 am

hi eureka, just knock the accents on wisdom and to man back a syllable (and change them to acutes). otherwise it looks right :)

you could also put definite articles in front of the words other than the verb if you feel like it, but you don't have to.

cheers, chad. :)
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Postby Eureka » Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:16 am

Oops, thanks Chad. (For some reason I thought the masculine dative singular always put a circumflex on the final syllable. :? )


I think, with the definite articles left out, the sentence has that laconism people admire so much in Latin.

Although,
[face=SPIonic]h9 sofi/a di/dwsi a0nqrw&pw| th\n r9w&mhn.[/face]
Has some charm. But, is there any subtile difference in meaning?
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Postby annis » Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:25 pm

Eureka wrote:[face=SPIonic]h9 sofi/a di/dwsi a0nqrw&pw| th\n r9w&mhn.[/face]
Has some charm. But, is there any subtile difference in meaning?


In normal Greek prose the article is used to speak of things in general (like "the cat is a furry animal"), so it would make sense to use the article with sophia here.

However, in poetry, and in gnomic statements like this one, the article tends to be freely dropped.
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