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Headword: Γενόμενα
Adler number: gamma,151
Translated headword: what happened
Vetting Status: high
[What 'happened'] and what 'happens' are different.
For things that 'happened' undoubtedly occurred, but things 'happening' either occur or not.[1]
Greek Original:
Γενόμενα καὶ γινόμενα διαφέρει. τὰ μὲν γὰρ γενόμενα πάντως ἀπέβη, τὰ δὲ γινόμενα ἤτοι ἀποβαίνει ἢ οὔ.
The distinction here -- expressed in neuter plurals -- revolves around the aspectual difference between the present and aorist participles of γίνομαι (Attic γίγνομαι ). The present participle γινόμενα refers to events in progress (continuing, beginning, attempted) relative to the time of the main verb; the aorist participle γενόμενα refers to accomplished events.
The entry reappears at gamma 272.
[1] Artemidorus 4.15.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 October 2001@19:49:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 28 October 2001@05:47:41.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 5 June 2012@08:25:43.


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