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631. πρίν.) We sometimes find πρίν, than before, with the infinitive, a past verb being understood after . E.g. Οἱ πολέμιοι πολὺ μὲν ἐλάττονές εἰσιν νῦν πρὶν ἡττηθῆναι, πολὺ δ᾽ ἐλάττονες ὅτε ἀπέδρασαν ἡμᾶς, they are much fewer now than (they were) before they were beaten, etc. XEN. Cyr. v. 2, 36. So vii. 5, XEN. Cyr. 77. Παραλαβὼν τὴν πόλιν χεῖρον μὲν φρονοῦσαν (sc. ἐφρόνει) πρὶν κατασχεῖν τὴν ἀρχήν. ISOC. viii. 126.

This ellipsis occurs first in Xenophon.

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