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647. The principle by which πρίν takes the subjunctive and optative only after negative sentences, or sentences which were felt as negative, seems to have allowed of no exceptions. The two following cases have been cited:—

Αἰσχρὸν δ᾽ ἡγοῦμαι πρότερον παύσασθαι, πρὶν ἂν ὑμεῖς τι ἂν βούλησθε ψηφίσησθε, which is practically equivalent to I refuse to stop until you have voted what you wish, αἰσχρόν having elsewhere a negative force (see 817). LYS. xxii. 4. Ὅστις οὖν οἴεται τοὺς ἄλλους κοινῇ τι πράξειν ἀγαθὸν, πρὶν ἂν τοὺς προεστῶτας αὐτῶν διαλλάξῃ, λίαν ἁπλῶς ἔχει καὶ πόρρω τῶν πραγμάτων ἐστίν, which amounts to this: nobody but a simpleton thinks that the others will do anything in common until their leaders are united. ISOC. iv. 16. In Semonides i. 12, πρὶν ἵκηται cannot be correct, as πρίν here does not mean until, but merely before.

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