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Headword: *geno/mena
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:
*geno/mena kai\ gino/mena diafe/rei. ta\ me\n ga\r geno/mena pa/ntws a)pe/bh, ta\ de\ gino/mena h)/toi a)pobai/nei h)\ ou)/.
The distinction here -- expressed in neuter plurals -- revolves around the aspectual difference between the present and aorist participles of gi/nomai (Attic gi/gnomai). The present participle gino/mena refers to events in progress (continuing, beginning, attempted) relative to the time of the main verb; the aorist participle geno/mena 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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