A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell


597. All Prepositions were once adverbs; Homer uses them as such freely, the Attic poets occasionally; in Attic prose πρός alone is so used (cp. 437 a). But their special office, along with their use in composition (437, 440 a), is to connect nouns or pronouns with other words, making the relation plainer than the case ending would alone.

a. The details of the use and meaning of prepositions are best learned from reading, and from vocabularies and the dictionary; some of the chief distinctions only are given here.

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