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119.As Imperfect.) The present infinitive may also represent an imperfect indicative of the direct discourse, thus supplying the want of an imperfect infinitive. E.g.

The imperfect infinitive is found even in Homer; as “καὶ σὲ, γέρον, τὸ πρὶν μὲν ἀκούομεν ὄλβιον εἶναι,” “we hear that you were once prosperous.” Il. xxiv. 543. So Il. v. 639; Od. viii. 181, Od. 8. 516.

For the imperfect participle, see 140.

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