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[*] 416. The following imperfects may take the infinitive in this sense: ἔδει, χρῆν or ἐχρῆν, εἰκὸς ἦν, προσῆκεν, ἐνῆν, ἐξῆν, ἦν (or ὑπῆρχεν1), it was possible, one might, the impersonal ἦν with adjectives or nouns expressing obligation, propriety, possibility, and similar ideas, as δίκαιον ἦν, ἄξιον ἦν, καλὸν (κάλλιον,2 κρεῖττον,3 κράτιστον4) ἦν, αἰσχρὸν ἦν, προσῆκον ἦν, οὐ θαυμαστὸν ἦν,5 ἀσφαλέστερον ἦν,6 ἴσον ἦν,7 εὔλογον ἦν,8 συγγνωστὸν ἦν, οἷός τ᾽ ἦν, ἔργον ἦν, ἦν with the verbal in -τέος,—also ἔπρεπεν, συνέφερεν,9 ἐλυσιτέλει,10 with other verbs of the same nature. To these must be added the expressions specially mentioned below in 424-431.
8 ARISTOT. Eth. x. 9, Eth. 19 (p. 1181 a, Eth. 6).
10 DEM. lix. 112. The imperfects not included in these references will be found among the examples in 419-422. The above list could doubtless be greatly extended.
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