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434. Some Prepositions and Adverbs which imply comparison are followed, like comparatives, by quam , which may be separated by several words, or even clauses.

Such words are ante , prius , post, posteā , prīdiē , postrīdiē; also magis and prae in compounds:—

  1. neque ante dīmīsit eum quam fidem dedit (Liv. 39.10) , nor did he let him go until he gave a pledge.
  2. post diem tertium quam dīxerat (Mil. 44) , the third day after he said it.
  3. Catō ipse iam servīre quam pūgnāre māvult (Att. 7.15) , Cato himself by this time had rather be a slave than fight.
  4. Gallōrum quam Rōmānōrum imperia praeferre (B. G. 1.17) , [they] prefer the rule of Gauls to that of Romans.

Note.--The ablative of time is sometimes followed by quam in the same way (§ 424. f): as,—octāvō “mēnse quam(Liv. 21.15) , within eight months after, etc.

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    • J. B. Greenough, G. L. Kittredge, Select Orations of Cicero, Allen and Greenough's Edition., AG Cic. 11
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