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11 Conclusion

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Chapter Summary

This chapter demonstrates that the Greek article is employed in a variety of structures. It describes that association with the English definite article as a method of describing the function of the Greek article has created more problems than it solves. The functions of the two articles are far more disparate than previously recognized. Whereas the English definite article indicates to the recipient that he or she already possesses the information necessary to identify the referent, the Greek article indicates that the speaker or writer is providing the information necessary for identifying the referent. Thus, while the English definite article assumes information that both the speaker and recipient share in common, the Greek article orients this information to the speaker. As a structural element in the nominal group, the article demonstrates great flexibility. Speakers and writers employ it in a variety of ways to produce both simple and complex constructions.

Keywords: English definite article; Greek article



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