[*] 117. (As Present.) The present infinitive in indirect discourse generally represents a present indicative of the direct form. E.g.
- Φησὶ γράφειν, he says that he is writing;
- ἔφη γράφειν, he said that he was writing;
- φήσει γράφειν, he will say that he is (then) writing. (In all three cases he says γράφω.)
- Ἀρρωστεῖν προφασίζεται, he pretends that he is sick;
- “ἐξώμοσεν ἀρρωστεῖν τουτονί,” “he took his oath that this man was sick.” DEM. xix. 124.
- “Οὐκ ἔφη αὐτὸς ἀλλ᾽ ἐκεῖνον στρατηγεῖν” “he said that not he himself, but Nicias, was general; i.e. he said οὐκ ἐγὼ αὐτὸς ἀλλ᾽ ἐκεῖνος στρατηγεῖ.” THUC. iv. 28.