indeclinable names

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mmorris
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indeclinable names

Post by mmorris » May 4th, 2018, 5:02 pm

When an anarthrous indeclinable name precedes and is adjacent to an article, would the name take the same case as the article?

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Re: indeclinable names

Post by Stephen Carlson » May 4th, 2018, 10:45 pm

Do you have a specific example?
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Re: indeclinable names

Post by mmorris » May 5th, 2018, 2:44 am

Genesis 11:31
καὶ ἔλαβεν Θαρα τὸν Αβραμ υἱὸν αὐτοῦ...

Ie. would Θαρα be considered Accusative?

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Re: indeclinable names

Post by Barry Hofstetter » May 5th, 2018, 8:01 am

mmorris wrote:
May 5th, 2018, 2:44 am
Genesis 11:31
καὶ ἔλαβεν Θαρα τὸν Αβραμ υἱὸν αὐτοῦ...

Ie. would Θαρα be considered Accusative?

Thanks!
No. Θάρα here is the subject of the verb, and so if declinable would be in the nominative. Normally the article modifies what follows it, so Ἀβράμ is considered accusative.
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Re: indeclinable names

Post by Stephen Carlson » May 7th, 2018, 9:55 am

Barry's answer is correct. I'd like to add that with indeclinable names, there's a tendency to add the article if the name is in the accusative or dative and omit the article in the nominative or genitive.
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