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The Present Infinitive is quite legitimate after dico, promitto, etc., in Plautine Latin, where the Future Infinitive is normal in classical Latin, e.g. Capt. 194ad fratrem, quo ire dixeram, mox ivero”, lit. ‘I had spoken of going,’ the Infinitive being treated as a Verbal Noun, the Object of dixeram, Trin. 5si quidem operam dare promittitis”. The two constructions are found side by side in Most. 633A. dic te daturum, ut abeat. B. egon dicam dare?

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