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#1 JonathanHuber

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:28 AM

While looking at a question posed in another thread, I came across an inconsistency that confuses me. I'm trying to find predicate nominatives that have the definite article, so I set up a construct search as shown (the box for "search both directions" was checked). This search returned results in John 20:15 (ὁ κηπουρός ἐστιν), 21:7 (ὁ κύριός ἐστιν), and 21:12 (ὁ κύριός ἐστιν). There is a construct in John 15:1 (ὁ γεωργός ἐστιν) that appears to be identical to the other results but is not returned by the search. 

 

Is this an issue with tagging, searching, or something else I'm missing?

 

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#2 Marco V. Fabbri

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:54 AM

Jonathan, you were right to report this, as John 15:1 should show, too. Inside the database John 15:1 has the same tags that the other examples.

 

I tried this search with the last version of Accordance 10.1.6, and to my relieve also ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ γεωργός ἐστιν showed. I hope that the issue is now solved. If not, please let me know.

 

As for your search, I would add more mood to the Verb εἰμί: theoretically speaking, it would be possible to have a predicate nominative with all finite moods. So also imperative, subjunctive, or optative would be eligible. A search for subjunctive would point to 1Cor 15:28 (as you know, the beta syntax module includes it): ἵνα ᾖ ὁ θεὸς [τὰ] πάντα ἐν πᾶσιν. The module assumes the the article is part of the text.

 

It would also include 2Cor 4,7: ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ. This would be a genitive complement. There is an interesting thread about such complements in the B-Greek forum.

 

You probably would like to find only nominative predicate complements. You might do that by restraining the complement to [ANY nominative]. Or else you may restrain the specifier to [ARTICLE nominative] 


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:51 AM

Yes, this search is working much better in 10.1.6. Thanks!


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