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691. The imperfect or pluperfect sometimes stands irregularly in a dependent (as well as in the leading) clause of the indirect discourse after a secondary tense, to represent a present or perfect indicative, which would regularly be retained or changed to the present or perfect optative. Such clauses are really not included in the indirect discourse. (See 674; 701.) E.g. Ἔλεγον οὐ καλῶς τὴν Ἑλλάδα ἐλευθεροῦν αὐτὸν, εἰ ἄνδρας διεφθειρεν οὔτε χεῖρας ἀνταιρομένους οὔτε πολεμίους (οὐ καλῶς ἐλευθεροῖς, εἰ διαφθείρεις). THUC. iii. 32. Οὔτε γὰρ τοῖς θεοῖς ἔφη καλῶς ἔχειν, εἰ ταῖς μεγαλαις θυσίαις μᾶλλον ταῖς μικραῖς ἔχαιρον (εἰ χαἴρουσιν). XEN. Mem. i. 3, 3. Καὶ ἔφη εἶναι παρ᾽ ἑαυτῷ ὅσον μὴ ἦν ἀνηλωμένον (ὅσον μή ἐστιν ἀνηλωμένον). DEM. xlviii. 16. μὲν εἰλήφει τῆς πόλεως ἀποδώσειν (ἡγούμην), I thought that he would give back what he had taken from the city; i.e. εἴληφεν ἀποδώσει. Id. xix. 151.

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