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What happened to the third person imperative?

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:19 am
by ἑκηβόλος
I have a few questions about the (especially) later history of the third person imperative:

Is the third person imperative inherited from PIE or an hellenic innovation?
Did the forms survive right through the Koine period?
What was it functionally replaced by? What are the earliest examples of functional replacements that we have?

Re: What happened to the third person imperative?

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:06 pm
by donhamiltontx
This is an interesting question it would be nice to have an answer to (though I don't have one :( ),

Re: What happened to the third person imperative?

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:56 pm
by Barry Hofstetter
I'll answer the second question: of course it did. Plenty of examples in the NT, e.g., ὃ οὖν ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν ἄνθρωπος μὴ χωριζέτω, the colloquia (for the most part composed about 2 centuries after the NT), the papyri, and other Koine literature.

Re: What happened to the third person imperative?

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:45 pm
by donhamiltontx
Thanks, Barry.