Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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PECULIARITIES IN THE USE OF GENDER 1013

Construction according to the Sense ( cross926 a).—The real, not the grammatical, gender often determines the agreement: ὦ φίλτατ', ὦ περισσὰ τι_μηθεὶς τέκνον O dearest, O greatly honoured child E. Tro. 735 (this use of the attributive adjective is poetical), τὰ μειράκια πρὸς ἀλλήλους διαλεγόμενοι the youths conversing with one another P. Lach. 180e, ταῦτ' ἔλεγεν ἡ ἀναιδὴς αὕτη κεφαλή, ἐξεληλυθώς this shameless fellow spoke thus when he came out D. 21.117.

1014

So in periphrases: ἲ_ς Τηλεμάχοιο ἐς πατέρα ἰδών mighty Telemachus, gazing at his father π 476, τὸ δὲ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων ἡμῶν . . . χαίροντες τῇ ἐκείνων παιδιᾷ we the elders delighting in their sport P. L. 657d.

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The masculine is used for person in general: οὐκ ἀνέξεται τίκτονται ἄλλους, οὐκ ἔχουσ' αὐτὴ τέκνα unfruitful herself, she will not endure that others

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bear children E. And. 712, ὁπότερος ἂν ᾖ βελτί_ων, εἴθ' ὁ ἀνήρ εἴθ' ἡ γυνή which ever of the two is superior, whether the man or the woman X. O. 7.27. So οἱ γονεῖς parents, οἱ παῖδες children. See cross1055.

See also cross1009, cross1050.

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