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Saturday, October 23, 1999

Wallace GGBB 519 n 15 

B. Progressive Present (a.k.a. Descriptive Present) ...2. Key to Identification: at this present time, right now ... Acts 2:8 15

15 It seems best to describe this as a descriptive present since the time element is so collapsed (as opposed to an extension-from-the-past present). Fanning, for example, would not take it as extending from the past, for in his view this usage “always includes an adverbial phrase or other time-indication with the present verb to signal the past-time meaning” (Fanning, Verbal Aspect, 217). Brooks-Winbery, however, dispute this (Syntax, 77).

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