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Imperfect.

(A. L. Wheeler: The Syntax of the Imperfect Indicative in Early Latin in Classical Philology, I. 357—390.) Instead of the usual Imperfect sense, an Aoristic meaning seems often to be attached to a Verb like aibam, and (as in classical Latin) eram, e.g. Pseud. 1083A. malum et scelestum et periurum aibat esse me. B. pol hau mentitust” (see below, 22 n). In a line like Mil. 755,nam idem hoc hominibus sat erat decem”, we seem to have the same use of the Imperfect erat as in Horace's “tempus erat dapibus, sodalesCarm. 1.32.13 (cf. above, 11). Cf. tune hīc eras? ‘are you here?’ Ter. Hec. 340 (cf. Phorm. 858, 945).

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