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[*] 764. （a) The infinitive after the comparative with ἤ depends on the idea of ability or inability implied in the expression. E.g. Τὸ γὰρ νόσημα μεῖζον ἢ φέρειν, “for the disease is too heavy to bear.” SOPH.O.T. 1293. (See 763, above.) Ἡ ἀνθρωπίνη φύσις ἀσθενεστέρα ἢ λαβεῖν τέχνην ὧν ἂν ᾖ ἄπειρος, “human nature is too weak to acquire the art of those things of which it has no experience.” PLAT. Theaet. 149 C. (See 758.) （b) Ὥστε or ὡς is sometimes expressed before this infinitive; as in XEN. Hell. iv. 8, 23 , ᾔσθοντο αὐτὸν ἐλάττω ἔχοντα δύναμιν ἢ ὥστε τοὺς φίλους ὠφελεῖν, and Cyr. vi. 4, Cyr. 17, τὰς ἀσπίδας μείζους ἔχουσιν ἢ ὡς ποιεῖν τι καὶ ὁρᾶν. (See 588.)
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