A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell

WORD-FORMATION/ Derivation: Denominative Verbs

415. Verb-stems are made from nouns

  1. By merely adding the endings of conjugation, the stem being unchanged, except by the usual processes of conjugation;
  2. By changing the final stem-vowel;
  3. By adding a new element; the final stem-vowel may be changed at the same time. All under this head belong in the present system to the -ι class (259); originally the presents of the other types belonged to the same class, although in Attic Greek the ι no longer appears.

Thus arose, with some crossing of types, several models, on which denominative verbs were made pretty freely; the classes are clearly separated in form, much less clearly in meaning.

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