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272. Periphrastic future with me/llw,

In very common use is the periphrastic future with “μέλλω”, I am thinking (compare the use of penser in French), I expect, I am about, I am (destined) to. As a verb of thinking, “μέλλω” takes the typical future, but also the present, seldom the aorist and then to make a special point. Whatever difference there may have originally been between the present and the future, has been abraded. Sometimes there seems to be a conscious interval with the future, but the distinction vanishes and authors vary.

The imperfect of the “μέλλω”-periphrastic may be called the future of the past, and it plays an important part in a large class of sentences.

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