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221. Origin of modal e)/dei, e)xrh=n, etc.

From this use of the imperfect comes, perhaps, the use of “ἔδει, ἐχρῆν”, and the like, with the infinitive, in opposition to the infinitive. “ἔδει σε ποιεῖν τοῦτο” (“ἀλλ᾽ οὐ ποιεῖς”), You ought to do this (but are not doing it). The unfulfilled duty is a surprise. See 364.

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