Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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The imperative mood usually (but not exclusively) allowed Greek speakers to express commands and prohibitions. The imperative of command was more common than that of prohibition, which was used to forbid an action and qualified as a negative command. Most endings of the three tenses of the Greek imperative mood were of Indo-European origin. The negative mḗ or a cognate occurred before the imperativ…

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Lucio Melazzo, “Imperative”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000020>
First published online: 2013

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