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29. Εἶμι as Future. The present εἶμι, I am going, and its compounds, have a future sense. Εἶμι thus became a future of ἔρχομαι, the future ἐλεύσομαι not being in good use in Attic prose. E.g.

In Homer εἶμι is used also as a present; as “οἷος δ᾽ ἀστὴρ εἶσι μετ᾽ ἀστράσι,Il. xxii. 317. So ii. 87, Il. xi. 415; Od. iv. 401; and often in similes. This is doubtful in Attic; as in “πρόσειμι δῶμα καὶ βρέτας τὸ σόν,AESCH. Eum. 242 , where πρόσειμι may be πρός + εἰμί. See Krüger and Classen on ἐπίασιν, THUC. iv. 61.

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