Accentuation "the good"

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Derek Filiorum
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Accentuation "the good"

Post by Derek Filiorum » Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:53 pm

Hi there,

When I use the Greek for the English "the good" in isolation, should it be τὸ ἀγαθόν or τὸ ἀγαθὸν? (And why?) Thanks!



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Barry Hofstetter
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Re: Accentuation "the good"

Post by Barry Hofstetter » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:49 pm

τὸ ἀγαθόν. You would only use the grave in the context of a Greek phrase or sentence. When citing Greek words, you always default to the lexical accent (the accent as it appears on the word in the lexicon). τὸ with the grave, however, because it's followed by ἀγαθόν -- it's not in isolation.

Of course, one should always accentuate the positive:

:D :D :D
N.E. Barry Hofstetter
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καὶ σὺ τὸ σὸν ποιήσεις κἀγὼ τὸ ἐμόν. ἆρον τὸ σὸν καὶ ὕπαγε.

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