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[*] 300. It must be noticed, however, that in the earlier language the optative appears to have been used as a potential of the past; hence its affinity with the past tenses in oratio obliqua, hence, perhaps, the occasional use of the present optative as a real imperfect. Nor, on the other hand. are we to overlook the fact that the indicative loses its sphere of time in unreal conditional sentences.
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