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Nominative: predicate NP


ἀνθρώπων ὁ σοφώτατος πρὸς θεὸν πίθηκος φανεῖται

‘The most wise among men looks like a monkey compared to a god, both where wisdom is concerned, where beauty is concerned and in all other respects.’ (Heraclit. Fr. (Diels-Kranz) 83)

The nominative signals a predicate NP, expressing a property or identity of the subject.

Syntactic usage

The predicate NP in the nominative is hardly ever accompanied by an article.

Example Sentences: 

τηλοῦ φίλοι ναίοντες οὐκ εἰσὶν φίλοι

Friends living far away are no friends. ֍

εἰ γάρ εἰσιν οἱ θεοὶ σοφοί,

εὔψυχον ἄνδρα πολεμίων θανόνθ᾽ ὕπο

κούφῃ καταμπίσχουσιν ἐν τύμβῳ χθονί

ἦν δὲ καὶ φύσει φιλολόγος καὶ φιλαναγνώστης.

By nature he was a lover of words and books. ֍