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650. In sentences with πρίν we sometimes have a subjunctive depending on an optative with ἄν, as in conditional relative sentences (556). E.g. Οὐκ ἂν αἰῶν᾽ ἐκμάθοις βροτῶν, πρὶν ἂν θάνῃ τις, you cannot fully understand the life of mortals, until one dies. SOPH. Tr. 2. Οὐκ ἂν ἀπέλθοιμι πρὶν παντάπασιν ἀγορὰ λυθῇ. XEN. Oec. xii. 1. λέγοιμεν ἄν τι ἀληθὲς, οὐ μὴν σαφές γε οὐδὲ τέλεον πρὶν αὖ (?) καὶ ταύτας αὐτῆς πάσας περιέλωμεν; PLAT. Polit. 281D. The leading verb here has merely the effect of a future form on the clause with πρίν.

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