ENDINGS OF THE VERB: PERSONAL ENDINGS 462
To make the complete verbal forms, to the tense-stems in the various moods are attached the personal endings in the finite moods and other endings in the infinitives, participles, and verbal adjectives. See cross366. The personal endings of the four finite moods are given below. In many forms only the μι-verbs preserve distinct endings. Some of the endings are due to analogy of others and many are still unexplained. The first person dual, when it is used, has the form of the first person plural.
|(primary tenses)||(secondary tenses)||(primary tenses)||(secondary tenses)|
|Sing. 1.—or -μι||-ν||-μαι||-μην|
|2. -ς (for -σι), -θα (-σθα)||-ς, -σθα||-σαι||-σο|
|3. -σι (for -τι)||—||-ται||-το|
|Dual 2. -τον||-τον||-σθον||-σθον|
|Plur. 1. -μεν||-μεν||-μεθα||-μεθα|
|3. -νσι (for -ντι)||-ν, -σαν,||-νται||-ντο|
|Sing. 2.||—,-θι, -ς||-σο|
|3.||-ντων (-τωσαν)||-σθων (-σθωσαν)|
Doric has -τι for -σι, -μες for -μεν, -ντι in 3 pl., and -τα_ν, -σθα_ν, -μα_ν for -την, -σθην, -μην. -τα_ν, -σθα_ν, -μα_ν are also Aeolic.
The close agreement between Greek and Sanskrit may be illustrated by the inflection of Old Greek and Doric φα_μί
463PRIMARY ENDINGS OF THE ACTIVE (IND. AND SUBJ.)
a. 1 Sing.—-μι is found only in μι-verbs. Verbs in -ω have no ending and simply lengthen the thematic vowel (λύ_ω, λείπω). The perfect has no personal ending, -α taking the place of a thematic vowel.463aD
The Hom. subj. ἐθέλωμι, τύχωμι, ἀγάγωμι, are new formations. Aeolic has φίλημι, δοκίμωμι (indic.).
b. 2 Sing.—(1) -σι is found in Hom. ἐσσί
b. (1) εἶς or εἴς in Hom. and Hdt. is derived from εἶ ς. For this form ἐσς (ί) may be read in Hom. Theocr. has -ες for -εις (ἀμέλγες, etc.) and perf. πεπόνθεις ( cross557. 2. D.).
(2) -θα is a perfect ending, as in οἶσθα
b. (2) -σθα in Hom. indic. φῆσθα, τίθησθα, ᾔδησθα; subj. ἐθέλῃσθα also written ἐθέλησθα; opt. (rarely) κλαίοισθα, βάλοισθα. -σθα occurs also occasionally in Doric (ποθορῆσθα) and Aeolic (ἔχεισθα, φίλησθα).
c. 3 Sing.—-τι is found in μι-verbs: ἐς-τί, τίθησι for τίθη-τι (Doric) by 115. λύ_ει is obscure, but it cannot be derived from λυ_ε-σι for λυ_ε-τι. λύ_ῃ, τιθῇ (for τιθέῃ) follow λύ_ει, but with long thematic vowel. In the perfect, -ε with no personal ending.
c. Aeolic has τίθη, ποίη, στεφάνοι, but ἦσι
d. 3 Pl.—Original -ντι is retained in Doric λύ_οντι, whence Attic λύ_ουσι ( cross115 a); ἐντί, Attic εἰσί. Subj. λύ_ωσι from λύ_ω-ντι, τιθῶσι from τιθέω-ντι, ποιῶσι from ποιῶντι (Dor.). Many μι forms are derived from -αντι, as τιθέα_σι (τιθέ-αντι), διδόα_σι (διδό-αντι), ἑστᾶσι (ἑστά-αντι), ἱστᾶσι (from ἱστά-αντι), the accent of which has been transferred to τιθεῖσι ( cross747 D. 1), διδοῦσι from (Dor.) τίθε-ντι, δίδο-ντι. -ατι from -τι ( cross35 b), properly the ending of the perfect after a consonant, appears as -ασι in Hom. πεφύκασι; but it has been replaced by -α_σι out of -αντι, as in τετράφ-α_σι.
d. Hom. has -α_σι in ἴα_σι
The optative usually has the endings of the secondary tenses of the indicative.
a. 1 Sing.—-ν stands for μ ( cross133 c), cp. ἔφερο-ν, Skt. ábhara-m. After a consonant μ (sonant nasal, 20 b, 35 c) became α: ἔλυ_σα for ἐλυ_ς, Epic ἦα
-ν for -μι is very rare (τρέφοιν in Eur., ἁμάρτοιν in Cratinus).
b. 2 Sing.—On -σθα see cross463 b (2).
c. 3 Sing.—-τ dropped ( cross133 b) in ἔλυ_ε, ἐτίθη, and in the opt. λύ_οι, εἴη (cp. Old Lat.
c. Doric ἦς
d. Dual.—-την is rarely found for -τον in the 2 dual (εὑρέτην in Plato). Hom. has ἐτεύχετον as 3 dual.
e. 3 Pl.—-ν for -ντ by 133 b. -σαν (taken from the 1 aorist) is used (1) in the imperf. and 2 aor. of μι-verbs, as ἐτίθε-σαν, ἔθε-σαν; (2) in the aor. pass. ἐλύθη-σαν, ἐφάνη-σαν (here -ν preceded by a short vowel occurs in poetry, 585 a. D.); (3) in the pluperf. ἐλελύκε-σαν; (4) in the opt. when -ιη- is the modal suffix ( cross460). In the opt. -σαν is rare.
e. -ν is regular in Doric and common in Hom. and later poetry; as ἔστα-ν (ἔστη-σαν), ἔδιδο-ν (ἐδίδο-σαν), φίληθεν (ἐφιλήθη-σαν), τράφεν (ἐτράφη-σαν). The short vowel before ν (τ) is explained by 40. Hom. ἦε-ν
a. 2 Sing.—Primary -σαι retains its ς in the perfect of all verbs (λέλυ-σαι), and in the pres. of μι-verbs (τίθε-σαι). Elsewhere ς drops between vowels, as in λύ_ῃ or λύ_ει from λύ_ε-σαι, λυθήσῃ or -ει, φανῇ from φανέε-σαι, τι_μᾷ from τι_μάε-σαι; subj. λύ_ῃ from λύη-σαι, φήνῃ from φήνη-σαι, θῇ from θήε-σαι, δῷ from δώη-σαι, ᾗ from ἕη-σαι, φιλῇ from φιλέη-σαι, δηλοῖ from δηλόῃ δηλόη-σαι.
N. 1.—The forms -ῃ and -ει are found in the present, future, and future perfect. See cross628.
N. 2.—δύνᾳ and δύνῃ for δύνασαι, ἐπίστᾳ and ἐπίστῃ for ἐπίστασαι, ἐφί_ει for ἐφί_εσαι, are poetic and dialectic or late.465aD
Hom. has βούλεαι, perf. μέμνηαι, but pres. δύνασαι, παρίστασαι; ὄψει is unique (for ὄψεαι); subj. δύνηαι. Doric often contracts, as οἴῃ for οἴε-αι. Aeolic generally leaves εαι open (κείσε-αι). Hdt. has open -εαι, -ηαι.
b. 2 Sing.—-σο stays in all plups. and in the imperf. of μι-verbs. Elsewhere it loses its ς, as in ἐλύ_ου from ἐλύ_ε-σο, ἐλύ_σω from ἐλύ_σα-σο, ἐφήνω from ἐφήνα-σο, ἐλίπου from ἐλίπε-σο, ἔθου from ἔθε-σο, ἐπρίω from ἐπρία-σο, ἐτι_μῶ from ἐτι_μάε-σο, ἐφιλοῦ from ἐφιλέε-σο. In the optative, λύ_οιο, λίποιο, τιθεῖο, εἷο, λύ_σαιο, from λύ_οι-σο, etc.; τι_μῷο from τι_μάοι-σο.
N. 1.—ἐδύνω or ἠδύνω and ἠπίστω are commoner than ἐδύνασο and ἠπίστασο from δύναμαι
N. 2.—After a diphthong or a long vowel in the 2 aor. indic. mid. -σο is retained, as εἷσο (ἵ_ημι
b. Hom., Doric, and Aeolic have generally open forms, as Hom. βάλλε-ο (rarely βάλλευ), ὠδύσα-ο. ἔρειο, σπεῖο are from -εεο. Hom. has ἐμάρναο for Attic ἐμάρνασο, and may drop ς even in the pluperfect (ἔσσυο). When Doric contracts αο we have α_. In Hdt. αο, εο are open, but the writing ευ for εο is found.
c. Dual.—The 1 pl. is used for the 1 dual except in the three poetic forms περιδώμεθον, λελείμμεθον, ὁρμώμεθον. Hom. has -σθον for -σθην in θωρήσσεσθον.
d. 1 Pl.—In epic and dramatic poetry -μεσθα is often used for -μεθα for metrical reasons (βουλόμεσθα, ἐπιστάμεσθα).
e. 2 Pl.—On the loss of ς in σθε (ἔσταλθε), see cross103.
f. 3 Pl.—After vowel stems -νται, -ντο are preserved. After stems ending in a consonant -νται, -ντο became -αται, -ατο by 35 b. These forms were retained in prose till about 400 B.C. (e.g. τετάχαται, ἐτετάχατο).
f. -αται, -ατο occur in Hom. regularly in the perfect and pluperfect of consonant stems, as τετράφαται, ἕαται for ἑς-νται, ἥατο for ἡς-ντο from ἧμαι (ἡσμαι); also in stems ending in -ι, as ἐφθίατο. -αται, -ατο were transferred to vocalic stems, as βεβλήαται, βεβλήατο, Hdt. δυνέαται. Hom. has -δ-αται in ἐληλάδαται from ἐλαύνω
a. 2 Sing.—λῦε, λίπε, τίθει (for τίθε-ε) have not lost -θι. -θι is found in 2 aor. pass. φάνη-θι; in στῆ-θι and ἕστα-θι; in some 2 aorists, like γνῶ-θι, τλῆ-θι, πῖ-θι, which are μι forms though they have presents of the ω form ( cross687). Also in ἴς-θι
-θι is not rare in Hom., pres. δίδωθι δίδου, ὄρνυθι, aor. κλῦθι, perf. τέτλαθι. Aeolic has ἴστα_, φίλη. πίει, δέχοι, δίδοι (Pindar) are very rare.
b. -ς occurs in θές, ἕς, δός, σχές (and in the rare θίγες, πίεις). This -ς is not derived from -θι.
c. λῦς-ον aor. act. and λῦς-αι aor. mid. are obscure in origin.
a. 2 Sing.—-σο retains its ς in the (rare) perf. of all verbs and in the pres. of μι-verbs (λέλυσο, τίθεσο, ἵστασο). Elsewhere ς is dropped, as in λύ_ου from λύ_ε-σο, λιποῦ from λιπέ-σο, θοῦ from θέ-σο, οὗ from ἕ-σο, πρίω from πρία-σο, τι_μῶ from τι_μάε-σο.
N.—τίθου, ἵστω, δίδου are poetic or late.
3. 3 Pl.—For -ντων and -σθων we find -τωσαν and -σθωσαν in prose after Thucydides, in Euripides, and in inscriptions after 300 B.C. Thus, λυ_έτωσαν, λυ_σάτωσαν, λυ_έσθωσαν, λυ_σάσθωσαν, λυθήτωσαν, λιπέτωσαν, λιπέσθωσαν, φηνάσθωσαν, φανήτωσαν, τι_μάσθωσαν, φιλείσθωσαν, γεγράφθωσαν, πεπείσθωσαν, τιθέτωσαν, διδότωσαν, θέτωσαν, τιθέσθωσαν, θέσθωσαν, -ἕτωσαν, -ἕσθωσαν.
N.—ἔστων for ὄντων is rare. Attic inscriptions have (very rarely) -ντωσαν.
3. Doric has also -ντω, as in παρεχόντω; Aeolic -ντον, as φέροντον. Doric has -σθω (pl.) and -σθων.
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