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[1511] εἰχέτην 2nd pers. dual, with the form proper to the 3rd μετειχέτην, 1465). Before the Attic period, the Greek language had attained to this regular distinction of active dual forms: —(1) primary tenses, 2nd pers. -τον, 3rd pers. -τον; (2) secondary tenses, 2nd pers. -τον, answering to Skt. tam: 3rd pers. -την, Skt. tām. As regards (2), two classes of exceptions occur: (a) Homeric 3rd pers. in -τον instead of -την; three instances, διώκετονHom. Il. 10.364), ἐτεύχετονHom. Il. 13.346), λαφύσσετονHom. Il. 18.583). These Curtius refers to “the want of proper linguistic instinct on the part of some late rhapsodist. ” (b) Attic 2nd pers. in -την instead of -τον. Our εἰχέτην here is the only instance proved by metre: but 8 others are established. Against these fall to be set at least 13 Attic instances of the normal -τον. Curtius regards the 2nd pers. in -την as due to a false analogy. In the third person dual -την was distinctive of the secondary tenses. Attic speech sometimes extended this distinction to the second person also. (Curt. Verb 1.80, Eng. tr. 53.) Cp n. on Soph. OC 1378 ff.

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