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402. Tenses of the imperative.

The imperative, like the infinitive, is used chiefly in two tenses, the present and the aorist.1

1 Out of a total number of 2445 imperatives in the Attic Orators, exclusive of the letters, the fragments, the laws, the bracketed portions of the text, all of Hyperides, and the Demosthenean collection of prooemia, there are only seven—or, counting “τεθνάτω”, eight—real perfects. The ratio of presents to aorists is that of 55 to 45. (See l. c., pp. 402 and 425.)

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