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Circumstantial Participles

Postby jm15xy » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:39 am


I am currently going through H&Q Greek: An Intensive Course, and I have a doubt which does not appear very clear in the book. When a participle is used as the protasis of a conditional sentence, how do can I distinguish which kind of conditional sentence I'm dealing with?
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Re: Circumstantial Participles

Postby modus.irrealis » Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:16 am

In general you can tell by looking at the main verb, e.g.

τοῦτο ποιήσας νικήσεις = εἰ ποιήσῃς τοῦτο, νικήσεις
τοῦτο ποιήσας νικήσειας ἄν = εἰ ποιήσειας τοῦτο, νικήσειας ἄν
τοῦτο ποιήσας ἐνίκησας ἄν = εἰ έποίησας τοῦτο, ἐνίκησας ἄν

There are some cases where it could be ambiguous, but usually context should clear it up.
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