How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin Gram

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How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin Gram

Post by Lumen_et_umbra » Sun Aug 17, 2003 2:50 pm

Before I delve into Greek, I think it a mark of sagacity to inquire as to whether Ancient Greek grammar is similar to that of Classical Latin. <br /><br />A propósito, I saw a thread about the periphrastic! Mine old nemesis! (just joking)<br /><br /> ;)
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Re:How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin G

Post by klewlis » Sun Aug 17, 2003 9:08 pm

I'm no linguist, but it seems to me that they are quite similar... at least if you compare either to english and then to each other... the sentence structures are very similar, as are the systems of morphology. I was impressed when I first started learning latin because I felt that the grammar was like Greek and the vocab was like English, so I just had to mix up the two ;)

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Re:How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin G

Post by Lumen_et_umbra » Sun Aug 17, 2003 11:54 pm

Thanks for the help. :)
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Re:How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin G

Post by annis » Mon Aug 18, 2003 2:40 am

Well, compared to English or modern Romance languages they will seem similar: noun declensions, verb conjugations galore, tricky mood changes in subordinate clauses.<br /><br />From a historical linguistic standpoint, it's not clear how the Greek and Latin verb systems could be any more different. :) But I'd say if you can handle Latin then you can handle Greek... just expect surprises regularly. Nothing overwhelming, but there will certainly be differences to keep in mind.<br /><br />--<br />wm
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Re:How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin G

Post by Lumen_et_umbra » Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:48 pm

Thank you again. :)
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Re:How similar is Ancient Greek grammar to Classical Latin G

Post by PhilipYim » Tue Aug 19, 2003 6:30 pm

8)<br /><br />Some similiarities can be seen:<br />E.g. the case of the noun, but the ablative case has a different form compared to the genitive case which is the same in Greek. (In Greek, the Genitive has the same form with ablative, so the modern grammarians use only five cases for Greek, absorbing the ablative into Genitives.)<br /><br />Besides, the ablative case in Latin will also include the instrumental, and locative meaning. But in Greek they are different cases which have the same form with Dative (not genitive!). <br /><br />For number of Declensions of nouns: Latin :5; Greek: 3.<br /><br />This is just a short response.<br />I plan to list more in the future. I will post them in my site later.<br />
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