gnomic aorist meaning
- noun (grammar)
A past tense of the Greek verb, used in proverbs, etc, for what once happened and is generally true
- The gnomic aorist is thought to derive ( as the English example does ) from the summation of a common story ( such as the moral of a fable ).
- A gnomic aorist ( the most common of the three usages ) likewise expresses the tendency for certain events to occur under given circumstances and is used to express general maxims.
- This type of use can be distinguished from some other, more marginal types of uses of the aorist where the English translation would be in a different tense ( such as the " gnomic aorist " ) on the one hand, and from past tense situations where Greek would use the imperfect and English would use a past progressive ( as in " John " was reading " the newspaper when suddenly the telephone rang " ) on the other hand . ( But I agree that the Language desk would probably be a better forum for continuing this, if you have more questions . ) < & 08 : 06, 4 August 2013 ( UTC)