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Gerund and Gerundive.

(S. Platner: Notes on the use of Gerund and Gerundive in Plautus and Terence, in the American Journal of Philology, vol. xiv, pp. 483 sqq.)

The use of the Gerundive of a Neuter Verb is a curious phenomenon:

Beside the Old Latin construction (cf. 40) with the Gerund governing the Accusative, e.g. Trin. 869hercle opinor mi advenienti hac noctu agitandumst vigilias”, we find the classical Latin construction of the Gerundive, e.g. Trin. 866apud illas aedis sistendae mihi sunt sycophantiae”. And we find also that curious intermediate construction, allowed by Cicero with a Genitive Plural, e.g. Noteworthy is the Descriptive Genitive of the Gerund in phrases like Capt. 153edundi exercitus”, Poen. prol. 34sermones fabulandi”. On the Genitive and Dative of Purpose see II, 5, 20 on the use of the Infinitive and of the Subjunctive (with ut) in the function of the Gerund, see above, 33; VIII, 2).

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