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Nominative: subject of a finite predicate

Syntactical Level

ἔνδον μου τῆς ψυχῆς ἄλλος πόλεμος κάθηται.

‘In my soul a different conflict rages.’ (Ach. Tat. 4.4,7)

The nominative signals the syntactic function ‘subject’ in finite main and subordinate clauses. If possible the predicate agrees with its subject in number and gender.

Syntactic usage

In most finite sentences the nominative is not expressed: Greek does not require the presence of a (pro)nominal phrase for designating the subject. The presence of such a phrase often implies that the subject functions as the focus.

Example Sentences: 

χρόνῳ δὲ καὶ σύ μ᾽ αἰνέσεις ἴσως.

Eventually you might praise me for this as well. ֍

ἀεὶ Λιβύη φέρει τι καινόν

Libya (or: Africa) always brings something new. ֍

Δημοσθένης λέγεται [...] καὶ τὴν Πυθίαν ὑπονοεῖν ὡς φιλιππίζουσαν

Of Demosthenes it is said that he even suspected the Pythia of sympathising with Philip.

πολλάκις γὰρ καὶ γέγονε καὶ ἔσται βάρβαρος ἡ ῾Ελλάς

For Greece has often been a land of barbarians, and will often be so again.