[*] 437. The Indicative is the mood of direct assertions or questions when there is no modification of the verbal idea except that of time. [*] a. The Indicative is sometimes used where the English idiom would suggest the Subjunctive:—
- longum est, it would be tedious [if, etc.]; satius erat, it would have been better [if, etc.]; persequī possum, I might follow up [in detail].
[*] Note.--Substitutes for the Indicative are (1) the Historical Infinitive (§ 463), and (2) the Infinitive in Indirect Discourse (§ 580).For the Indicative in Conditions, see §§ 515, 516; for the Indicative in implied Commands, see § 449. b.