Greek prepositions: new download

This can be found in the Greek language menu above, but here also is a link:
Greek prepositions-A2    Printing is recommended.

It is in response to what seems a current need. Prepositions can be neglected and they sometimes remain a mystery to students, unless they see them in a format that aids memorising.

The list is based on what can be found in North and Hillard’s Greek Prose Composition, but, it is hoped, in more accessible format. It does not contain the idiosyncratic usages that are found only in poetry, but it aims to include what is necessary for A Level Greek and some way beyond.

The semantic development of prepositions in Greek is a complex subject—one for experts in linguistics—as indeed is the use of prepositions in general. It is a study that raises questions about human cognitive functions, not least because the use of a preposition creates an abstract concept. One woman, relating on radio how she had managed to overcome some of the problems of autism, explained that when she was a child she could not understand the concept of beyond; and the process of grasping it was to her a liberation.

Students need to notice that in Greek, a prepositional phrase is usually adverbial, but can sometimes be used adjectivally, which is something less common in Latin. The thoughtful student will notice that the Greek use of prepositions is far more nuanced than Latin, as is also the use of those prepositions as prefixes to verbs.