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The Accusative competes with the Ablative in the construction of the Deponents potior (see above, 7), fungor, fruor, utor, etc. Apparently the Accusative is the older usage. It appears normally with fungor, e.g. Trin. 1sequere hac me, gnata, ut munus fungaris tuum”; also with abutor, e.g. Trin. 682qui abusus sum tantam rem patriam”, and fruniscor, e.g. Rud. 1012. But with fruor and utor it has been almost wholly supplanted by the Ablative (for full statistics see Langen in Archiv lat. Lexikographie 3, pp. 329 sqq.). Careo too may take Accusative in Old Latin, e.g. Ter. Eun. 223tandem non ego illam caream, si sit opus, vel totum triduom?”, Turpilius 32 “meos parentes careo.

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