Home - D2L - Syllabus | Calendar - Week 12 - Week 13 - Week 14 - Week 15 - Gallery | Perseus - UniGreek - laura-gibbs@ou.edu.

Croy Index: Vocabulary - Prosody - Verbs - Nouns - Adjectives - Nominals - Other Topics - Syntax List

26.186 Tense and Time in the Imperative

As you can see in section 186, Croy is hampered by the fact that he does not analyze the Greek verb in terms of both tense and aspect. Imperatives have aspect (present or aorist) but they do not have tense (past or non-past). There is no easy way to translate the difference between present imperatives and aorist imperatives into English. The only way you can begin to understand this difference is by reading as much Greek as possible and thinking about the aspect of every verb you meet, looking to see just what context the verb is used in.

Remember, you have now seen the following differences in aspect which cannot be translated into English:

Every time you meet a verb in Greek, that verb has aspect. Pay attention to the aspect of every verb, and you will start to learn the difference between them. Review these notes about Greek verb aspect to learn more about this.

Biblical Greek Online. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. You must give the original author credit. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one. Page last updated: November 14, 2005 12:27 PM

powered by FreeFind