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87. The present and aorist here differ only in this, that the present expresses an action in its duration, that is, as going on or repeated, while the aorist expresses simply its occurrence, the time of both tenses being otherwise precisely the same. E.g. For other examples see below.

This is a distinction entirely unknown to the Latin, which has (for example) only one form, si faciat, corresponding to εἰ ποιοίη and εἰ ποιήσειεν, and only facere to correspond to both ποιεῖν and ποιῆσαι (as used above).

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