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1063. The positive, used to imply that something is not suited or inadequate for the purpose in question, is especially common before an infinitive with or without ὥστε (ὡς): (τὸ ὕδωρ) ψυ_χρόν ἐστιν ὥστε λούσασθαι the water is too cold for bathing X. M. 3.13.3, νῆες ὀλίγαι ἀμύ_νειν ships too few to defend T. 1.50, μακρὸν ἂν εἴη μοι λέγειν it would take too long for me to state And. 2.15.

1064. A positive adjective followed by the genitive of the same adjective has, in poetry, the force of a superlative: ““κακὰ κακῶνwoe of woeS. O. C. 1238.

1065. μᾶλλον rather than, more . . . than may be used after a positive: ““προθύ_μως μᾶλλον φίλωςmore prompt than kindlyA. Ag. 1591.

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