A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell

SIMPLE SENTENCES/ Undeveloped and Incomplete Sentences

490. Some expressions are not fully developed sentences, with a subject and predicate. Language begins with simpler forms, sometimes not even distinguishing parts of speech, as is clearly seen in children beginning to talk.1 Such primitive forms remain in use, in all languages, especially in lively conversation and in poetry.2 They are less formal, more natural for expressing emotion and simple thought. They are found in all stages of development, from the simple interjection to phrases of some length, with verbal forms, and even a subject.

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"The language of birds is very ancient, and, like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical; little is said, but much is meant and understood."--WHITE, Nat. Hist. of Selborne, Letter 85.
Tennyson, for example, uses them very freely: ''Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me.'' ''A plot, a plot, to ruin all!'' ''Gods blessing on the day!' ''A week hence, a week hence.'' ''Ah, the long delay!''' ''I to cry out on pride!'' ''Scorned, to be scorned by one that I scorn.''