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532. The principal clause, on which a final clause depends, is often to be supplied from the context:—
  1. ac longum sit ... iussimus (Cat. 3.10) , and, not to be tedious, we ordered, etc. [Strictly, in order not to be tedious, I say we ordered.]
  2. sed ut ad Dionȳsium redeāmus (Tusc. 5.63) , but to return to Dionysius.
  3. sed ut eōdem revertar, causa haec fuit timōris (Fam. 6.7.3) , but, to return to the same point, this was the cause of fear.
  4. satis incōnsīderātī fuit, dīcam audācis (Phil. 13.12) , it was the act of one rash enough, not to say daring.

Note 1.--By a similar ellipsis the Subjunctive is used with nēdum (sometimes ), still less, not to mention that:

  1. nēdum salvī esse possīmus (Clu. 95) , much less could we be safe.
  2. nēdum istī nōn statim conquīsītūrī sint aliquid sceleris et flāgitī; (Leg. Agr. 2.97), far more will they hunt up at once some sort of crime and scandal.
  3. nēdum in marī et viā sit facile (Fam. 16.8) , still less is it easy at sea and on a journey.
  4. quippe secundae rēs sapientium animōs fatīgant; illī corruptīs mōribus victōriae temperārent (Sall. Cat. 11), for prosperity overmasters the soul even of the wise; much less did they with their corrupt morals put any check on victory.

Note 2.--With nēdum the verb itself is often omitted: as,aptius hūmānitātī tuae quam tōta Peloponnēsus, “ nēdum Patrae(Fam. 7.28.1) , fitter for your refinement than all Peloponnesus, to say nothing of Patræ.

For Substantive Clauses involving purpose, see §§ 563-566.

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