Searching for Prefixes

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Jim Wisland | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 29 2015 4:59 PM

In looking over Ephesians 2:19-22, I've noticed that there are three different words with the Greek prefix of σύν ... συνεζωοποίησεν, συνήγειρεν, and συνεκάθισεν. Is there a way to search for all words with the σύν prefix? I don't want to search just for every instance of σύν. I want to find all the instances in Paul's epistles that have the σύν prefix. Can that be done?

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HansK | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 29 2015 5:25 PM

Use an asterix *.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2015 6:18 AM

Hans K:
Use an asterix *.

Thought you were on to something, but—unfortunately—it will not work. The search still finds the prefix when it stands alone. In this case Matthew 26.35. It's way down the list, but still there.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2015 8:49 AM

Jack Caviness:

Hans K:
Use an asterix *.

Thought you were on to something, but—unfortunately—it will not work. The search still finds the prefix when it stands alone.

you mean, it finds σὺν when it stands alone instead of being the prefix of a compound word. Okay, but that's what the wildcard operator asterisk * is doing: find σὺν whatever is standing behind. 

Of course, we can exclude those instances where σὺν is followed by a space, the search string now reads σὺν* -"σὺν " and gives 9 (instead of 11) results in NA28 Ephesians:

since Eph 3:18 and 4:31 have σὺν standing alone as a word.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2015 10:04 AM

NB.Mick:
Of course, we can exclude those instances where σὺν is followed by a space, the search string now reads σὺν* -"σὺν " and gives 9 (instead of 11) results in NA28 Ephesians:

This search string wouldn't find words beginning with σὺν that occur in a verse that also contains the word σὺν itself. There are four such verses in the Pauline Epistles (1 Cor 5:4, 2 Cor 8:19, Phil 1:23 and Col 2:13).

The best search query to answer the original question is σὺν* NOTEQUALS σὺν.

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