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101. The present αἴτιός εἰμι, I am the cause, is often used with reference to the past, where logically a past tense would be needed; as αἴτιός ἐστι τούτῳ θανεῖν, he is the cause of his death, instead of αἴτιος ἦν τούτῳ θανεῖν, he was the cause of his death. This may make an ordinary aorist infinitive appear like a verb of past time. E.g.

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