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[*] 666. Use and omission of the article with the predicate. As the article serves to point out that which is supposed to be already present to the mind and the predicate generally introduces something new, the article is not much used with the predicate except in convertible propositions, that is, those statements in which predicate may be subject or subject predicate. Otherwise the article serves to quote or to refer. “τῶν γὰρ ὄμβρων καὶ τῶν αὐχμῶν . . . ὁ Ζεὺς ταμίας ἐστίν,” ISOC.11.13 ; Zeus is (the) lord of rains and droughts. “ὁ δὲ παῖς πάντων θηρίων ἐστὶ δυσμεταχειριστότατον,” PLATO, Legg. 808D (135). “σαὶ γὰρ αἱ ὑποθέσεις εἰσίν,” Euthyph. 11 C ; The postulates are your own. “φημὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ εἶναι τὸ δίκαιον οὐκ ἄλλο τι ἢ τὸ τοῦ κρείττονος ξυμφέρον,” Rpb. 338 C ; I maintain that justice is nothing but the stronger party's interest (and vice versa). “οἱ δὲ ἱπποβόται ἐκαλέοντο οἱ παχέες τῶν Χαλκιδέων,” HDT.5.77 ; The substantial Chalcidians were called the hippobotae. “ἔστι δ᾽ ἡ μεγίστη” (sc. “δίκη”) “τὸ ὁμοιοῦσθαι τοῖς οὖσι κακοῖς ἀνδράσιν”, PLATO, Legg. 728B.
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