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Present Tense
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The formation of the present stem in Ancient Greek follows to a large extent the formative patterns of the parent language of Indo-European, i.e.,  ablaut of radical vowel, affixation (suffixation or infixation), reduplication, and suppletion. These different processes may not be historically contemporaneous with one another in all languages, but they are all well documented an…

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Georgios K. Giannakis, “Present Tense”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000022>
First published online: 2013

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