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85. The distinctions of time which mark the various tenses in the indicative are retained when the optative and infinitive represent the indicative in indirect discourse, and usually in the participle. But in other constructions these distinctions of time disappear in the dependent moods, and the tenses here differ only in their other character of denoting the continuance, the completion, or simply the occurrence of an action (20). The infinitive with ἄν is not included in this statement (see Chap. III.)

The tenses in these two uses must, therefore, be discussed separately.

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