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423. Time when, or within which, is expressed by the Ablative; time how long by the Accusative.

    1. cōnstitūtā diē, on the appointed day; prīm˘ lūce, at daybreak.
    2. quotā hōrā, at what o'clock? tertiā vigiliā, in the third watch.
    3. tribus proximīs annīs (Iug. 11) , within the last three years.
    4. diēbusvīgintī quīnque aggerem exstrūxērunt (B. G. 7.24) , within twentyfive days they finished building a mound.
    1. diēs continuōs trīgintā, for thirty days together.
    2. cum trīduumiter fēcisset (B. G. 2.16) , when he had marched three days.

Note.--The Ablative of Time is locative in its origin (§ 421); the Accusative is the same as that of the extent of space (§ 425).

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