Does the "present" have to be non-past?

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Re: Does the "present" have to be non-past?

Post by RandallButh »

I don't see what +/- past means.

But the prototypical reference of γράφει is present.
So the following makes sense as two questions:
εἶχες; ἔχεις;
did you have it? do you have it?

Anyway the Greek present indicative is not a participle and it contributes "present" to the communication, however that gets worked into the pragmatic mix, whether actual present, habitual, omnitemporal, historical present, or anticipated future.
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Re: Does the "present" have to be non-past?

Post by Jonathan Robie »

timothy_p_mcmahon wrote:I'm thinking Mike is requesting that the author of this thread comply with the real name policy for handles on this forum.
Ah yes, I misunderstood.

inthedesert, to post on B-Greek you have to follow our user name policy. If you follow those instructions, I'll change your user name for you.
ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
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