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646. It is doubtful whether the optative was ever used with πρίν in the corresponding generic sense. In XEN. An. iv. 5, 30 , for πρὶν παραθεῖεν the weight of MSS. authority seems to favour πρὶν παραθεῖναι. In Il. ix. 488 πρίν γ᾽ ὅτε δή σ᾽ ἄσαιμι is of this class.

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