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112. In constructions out of indirect discourse the present and aorist infinitive can always refer to future time if the context requires it (96), so that the future infinitive is here rarely needed. Therefore, after verbs which naturally have a future action as their object but yet do not introduce indirect discourse,—as those of commanding, wishing, etc. (684),—the present or aorist infinitive (not the future) is regularly used. Thus the Greek expresses they wish to do this not by βούλονται τοῦτο ποιήσειν, but by βούλονται τοῦτο ποιεῖν (or ποιῆσαι). So the infinitive in other future expressions, as after ὥστε and in its final sense, is generally present or aorist. (For the single exception after μέλλω, see 73.)

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