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Headword: *(\ws fa/san h( plhqu/s
Adler number: omega,253
Translated headword: as the crowd they said
Vetting Status: high
[This phrase occurs] in Homer. He used a construction according to sense: for to a noun having the sense of a plural he joined a plural verb. Also "the whole people gathering"[1] [has a collective singular noun with a plural participle].
Greek Original:
*(\ws fa/san h( plhqu/s: par' *(omh/rw|. pro\s to\ nohto\n a)ph/nthke: tw=| ga\r e)/nnoian e)/xonti plh/qous o)no/mati plhquntiko\n r(h=ma sune/zeuce. kai/, a)gro/menoi pa=s dh=mos.
From scholia of Aristonicus on Homer, Iliad 2.278 (web address 1), discussing the use of a plural verb with a collective singular noun as subject.
[1] See under alpha 367.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 10 September 2005@19:16:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 11 September 2005@05:21:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 23 January 2011@23:00:21.
David Whitehead on 3 November 2013@08:30:27.


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