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622. In Homeric Greek πρίν generally takes the primitive construction with the infinitive without regard to the nature of the leading verb. In lyric poetry, Herodotus, and Attic Greek, πρίν takes the infinitive chiefly when the leading clause is affirmative; otherwise, it takes one of the finite moods, like ἕως, having the sense of until. But, while the indicative may sometimes follow πρίν, meaning until, when the leading clause is affirmative, the subjunctive and optative are never used unless the leading clause is negative or involves a negative idea.

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