A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell

WORD-FORMATION/ Derivation: Verbal Nouns

402. Nouns are made from verb-stems by adding a variety of suffixes. The meaning of the suffix is often vague, made clear only by the nature of the verb, by the gender of the noun, or by usage. But many verbal nouns fall into fairly distinct classes, denoting the agent or doer, the action, the result of the action, or the instrument. Again, many abstract nouns and nouns of action have become concrete, so that the original force is changed.

a. The accent sometimes varies on different nouns with the same suffix. When the accent regularly falls on the suffix, that will be indicated; otherwise the accent must be learned from the examples and in reading.

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