Activa Tantum
(327 words)

Abstract

Activa tantum are verbs that lack a middle and a passive voice in the present, aorist and perfect stems.

Activa tantum (‘active only’) are verbs that lack a middle (mediopassive) and a passive voice (Passive (syntax), Passive (morphology)) in the present, aorist and perfect stems. Activa tantum are typically intransitive (Transitivity). Examples are: áēmi ‘blow’, baínō ‘come, go’, eîmi ‘go’, eimí ‘be’, eméō ‘vomit’, ethélō ‘want, be prepared’, geláō ‘laugh’, gēthéō ‘rejoice’, hérpō ‘creep’, khézō ‘ease oneself’, ménō ‘sta…

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Rutger Allan, “Activa Tantum”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000410>
First published online: 2013



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