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217. The imperfect as the tense of past impressions is used:
  • In descriptions of scenery
  • Of points previously assumed
  • Of views previously held
  • Of sudden appreciation of real state of affairs

Imperfect in description of scenery.—In descriptions of scenery as well as of events.

τὸ δ᾽ Ἑλληνικὸν εἰς Λεύκοφρυν” (sc. “ἀπῆλθεν”), “ἔνθα ἦν Ἀρτέμιδος . . . ἱερὸν μάλα ἅγιον”, XEN. Hell. 3.2.19.

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