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625. No case of πρίν with the indicative occurs in Homer; but the want was supplied by πρίν γ᾽ ὅτε δή with the indicative, which resembles πρίν γ᾽ ὅτ᾽ ἄν with the subjunctive just mentioned. As this construction is not the result of parataxis, and there is no such obstacle to combining the ideas of until and before in statements of past fact after affirmative clauses as was felt in future conditions (624), we find πρίν γ᾽ ὅτε with the indicative after both affirmative and negative sentences (see the examples in 636). It thus appears that πρίν was not sufficiently established as a conjunction in Homer to take the indicative without the intervention of ὅτε, although πρίν with the subjunctive had become a fixed construction.

The history of the uses of πρίν after Homer will be found below. (See 627; 632-634; 637; 642; 643; 645.)

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