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Tense (khrónos), Ancient Theories of
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The Greek term khrónos denotes the values both of time and tense. In the latter sense, it refers to one of the eight temporal attributes of the verb. Each of the six paradigms of the indicative (present, imperfect, perfect, pluperfect, aorist, future) is a khrónos. The analysis of the respective values of the various khrónoi, proposed by the Greek grammarians appeals principally to a t…

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Jean Lallot, “Tense (khrónos), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000341>
First published online: 2013

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