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25. The present denotes merely the continuance or progress of an action, without reference to its completion. It may, however, be implied by the context that the action is not to be completed, so that the present denotes an attempted or intended action. Especially δίδωμι, in the sense of offer, and πείθω, try to persuade, are thus used. E.g.

This conative signification is much more common in the imperfect. See 36 and the examples.

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