Can a prepositional phrase be adverbial?

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Mitch Tulloch
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Can a prepositional phrase be adverbial?

Post by Mitch Tulloch » February 25th, 2018, 12:40 pm

This is probably a beginner's question, but I was reading 1 Peter 3:7 which says:

Οἱ ἄνδρες ὁμοίως, συνοικοῦντες κατὰ γνῶσιν ὡς ἀσθενεστέρῳ σκεύει τῷ γυναικείῳ, ἀπονέμοντες τιμὴν ὡς καὶ συγκληρονόμοις χάριτος ζωῆς εἰς τὸ μὴ ἐγκόπτεσθαι τὰς προσευχὰς ὑμῶν.

and I was wondering if the prepositional phrase κατὰ γνῶσιν can be considered adverbial i.e. describing the "how" with regard to the verb (participle) συνοικοῦντες. If so, is this kind of usage common in Koine Greek?

Thanks! --Mitch
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Re: Can a prepositional phrase be adverbial?

Post by MAubrey » February 25th, 2018, 6:13 pm

The vast majority of preposition phrases modify verbs, yes.
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Re: Can a prepositional phrase be adverbial?

Post by Barry Hofstetter » February 26th, 2018, 6:49 am

And to be precise, yes, it modifies συνοικοῦντες.
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Re: Can a prepositional phrase be adverbial?

Post by Mitch Tulloch » February 26th, 2018, 8:34 am

Thanks! Now that I think about it, that makes sense in English as well :-P

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