[*] 25. The present denotes merely the continuance or progress of an action, without reference to its completion. It may, however, be implied by the context that the action is not to be completed, so that the present denotes an attempted or intended action. Especially δίδωμι, in the sense of offer, and πείθω, try to persuade, are thus used. E.g.
- “Νῦν δ᾽ ἅμα τ᾽ αὐτίκα πολλὰ διδοῖ,” “he offers many things.” Il. ix. 519.
- “Πείθουσι ὑμᾶς ἐναντία καὶ τοῖς νόμοις καὶ τῷ δικαίῳ ψηφίσασθαι,” “they are trying to persuade you to vote contrary both to the laws and to justice.” ISAE. i. 26.