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This is probably a very elementary question, but in Mt 17:15, is it, specifically, the word pollakis ("often") in the context that requires an iterative, repeated understanding of the action (falling)? Thanks. Once again, great post! Great week!

One other line of questioning; sorry about that! Would pisteuw ("believe") be considered a stative verb? Also, stative verbs can be somewhat tricky, can they not? For example, let's consider the verb "deny." (The English verb "deny," at any rate!) I can deny something with one fell swoop of the tongue. In that way, akin to your comments yesterday re the words "strike," "hit," etc., my act of denying whatever I denied was probably punctiliar. On the other hand, I could also be in a state of denial. People who deny the miraculous in general and scriptural accounts of miracles in particular give evidence of being in a state of denial. I've read some commentaries, for instance, where the parting of the Red (Reed) Sea was attributed to low and high tides (i.e., natural phenomena). I can't help but conclude that such commentators are in a state of denial. Or people like Dawkins and Hitchens who are itinerant evangelists in the current dogmatic atheist camp. These, sadly, are in a state of denial. At any rate, any guidelines and rules of thumb for determining stative verbs?

Irving, re your first question: you bet! See my next post, where I unpack that verse a little.

As for your second post, here's a bit out of my book, from a chapter on lexemes.

"A stative verb is not performed upon an object and describes a state of being. It is not time bound or progressive; it simply is. In fact, we may even consider a stative lexeme as a verb that is not really an action—it is simply a state. Whether or not a lexeme is stative is decided simply by what the type of action is. In English, lexemes such as know, trust, live, etc. are all stative."

I hope that helps.

Thanks so much, Con. I'm getting your book. And I hope somebody (Pradis, Libronix?) is going to be able to offer an electronic/digital version of your book soon.

I am reading through the book - in fact am re-reading and re-reading chapter 7. I have tried tabulating the different Semantics/Lexemes/Context = Aktionsart to see if it 'gels' a bit more. What strikes me is that the choice of description attributed to a given verbal lexeme can on several occasions be subjective and thus affect the Aktionsart outcome. Or, am I just not getting it, and there are definitive descriptors for every verbal lexeme?
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