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490. The Present Participle has several of the special uses of the Present Indicative. Thus it may denote—

    An action continued in the present but begun in the past (§ 466):
    1. quaerentī mihiiam diū certa rēs nūlla veniēbat in mentem(Fam. 4.13) . though I had long sought, no certain thing came to my mind.
    Attempted action (§ 467):—
    1. C. Flāminiō restitit agrum Pīcentem dīvidentī(Cat. M. 11) , he resisted Flaminius when attempting to divide the Picene territory.
    Rarely (in poetry and later Latin) futurity or purpose, with a verb of motion:—
    1. Eurypylumscītantemōrācula mittimus (Aen. 2.114) , we send Eurypylus to consult the oracle. [Cf. § 468.]
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