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Headword: *po/te
Adler number: pi,2130
Translated headword: when?
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
It is said [= used] nowadays in both ways: both in accordance with the past and in accordance with the future. [When used] in accordance with the past, [it means] when did [something] happen? [But when used] in accordance with the future, [it means] when will [something] be?[1]
Greek Original:
*po/te: le/getai pro\s nu=n kat' a)/mfw, kai\ kata\ to\ parelhluqo/s, kai\ kata\ to\ me/llon. kata\ me\n to\ parelhluqo/s, po/te e)ge/neto; kata\ de\ to\ me/llon, po/te e)/stai;
Notes:
The headword, ubiquitous in Greek literature, is an interrogative adverb with accent on the first syllable (cf. Smyth, 346; LSJ s.v.). This distinguishes it from the indefinite adverb pote/ (at some time, ever), which is an enclitic (Smyth, 181).
[1] Except for minor details of punctuation, the headword is identically glossed in the Synagoge and in Photius' Lexicon (pi1119 Theodoridis).
Reference:
H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 10 October 2008@01:35:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; cosmetics) on 10 October 2008@03:07:37.
David Whitehead on 11 October 2013@04:27:09.
David Whitehead (coding) on 24 May 2016@03:37:40.

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