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115. When the optative and infinitive are in indirect discourse, each tense represents the corresponding tense of the direct discourse; the present including also the imperfect, and the perfect also the pluperfect.

See the general principles of indirect discourse (667). The optative is included here only as it is used after past tenses to represent an indicative or subjunctive of the direct discourse. No cases of the optative or infinitive with ἄν are considered here: for these see Chapter III. For the meaning of the term “indirect discourse” as applied to the infinitive, see 684.

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