Category for participles, infinitives, finite verbs

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Re: Category for participles, infinitives, finite verbs

Post by Stephen Carlson » September 6th, 2014, 3:24 pm

Stephen Hughes wrote:This discussion is becoming much to circular and boring for my taste.
Sure. No one should feel compelled to participate if bored by it.
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Re: Category for participles, infinitives, finite verbs

Post by Stephen Hughes » September 6th, 2014, 4:48 pm

Stephen Carlson wrote:
Stephen Hughes wrote:This discussion is becoming much to circular and boring for my taste.
Sure. No one should feel compelled to participate if bored by it.
If that, out of all the statements I made, is the one that is understood and responded to, then I have better things that I can be doing with my time.
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Re: Category for participles, infinitives, finite verbs

Post by mwpalmer » September 6th, 2014, 6:10 pm

I haven't commented here yet, but I've certainly enjoyed reading your responses. Thanks to Jonathan for posting the question. In our discussions that led to this thread, I was not intending a rewrite of anyone's grammar or a change in anyone's approach to teaching about moods. We were working on principles for marking up Greek texts so that computers can do more sophisticated things with them.

This field is developing rapidly, becoming more powerful and (hopefully) more useful. As computer tools become more powerful and easier to use, I want my own contribution to them to be as accurate as possible. While lumping participles and infinitives together with moods is certainly convenient as a teaching technique, our computer tools do not necessarily need to be limited by that convenience. I would like to see our markup be as accurate as possible even if we keep the traditional approach at the end user level for convenience.
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Re: Category for participles, infinitives, finite verbs

Post by TimNelson » October 17th, 2014, 11:06 pm

If it helps, I've been calling infintives and participles "non-finite".
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