[*] 467. The Present sometimes denotes an action attempted or begun in present time, but never completed at all (Conative Present, cf. § 471. c):—
- “iam iamque manū tenet ” (Aen. 2.530) , and now, even now, he attempts to grasp him.
- dēnsōs fertur in hostīs (id. 2.511), he starts to rush into the thickest of the foe.
- “ dēcernō quīnquāgintā diērum supplicātiōnēs ” (Phil. 14.29) , I move for fifty days' thanksgiving. [Cf. senātus dēcrēvit, the senate ordained.]