Latin, as in Greek and English, the peculiar force of the past tense of the
indicative with the infinitive is purely idiomatic.
IN a paper on The Extent of the
Deliberative Construction in Relative Clauses in Greek, in
the Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, vol. vii. (1896), pp. 1-12, I have reviewed the recent
discussion on this subject, and have maintained the following points, on
which I agree substantially with Professor Hale's paper in the
Transactions of the American Philological Association, xxiv. pp.
1. *ou)k e)/xw, ou)k
e)/sti with the dative, and similar expressions, in the