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Temporal Clauses
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Temporal clauses are subordinate clauses that express the reference time with respect to which the main clause must be interpreted. They usually have a finite verbal form, but with some markers the infinitive can instead be selected. Functionally, temporal clauses are equivalent to time adverbials or to prepositional phrases with temporal meaning. They tend to appear in an iconical order with respect to the main clause: temporal clauses referring to a p…

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Eugenio R. Luján, “Temporal Clauses”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000340>
First published online: 2013

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