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582. The article with the infinitive.

The article is used with the infinitive outside of epic poetry proper. This enables the infinitive to assume all the constructions of the substantive that are not inconsistent with its verbal nature.

Inconsistent with the character of the infinitive as a verb would be the sacrifice of its subject or object.

τιμὴ τῆς πόλεως” becomes “τὸ τιμᾶσθαι τὴν πόλιν”, DEM.18.93. σωτηρία τῆς νήσου” becomes “τὸ σῶσαι τὴν νῆσον”, DEM.18.100. τοῦ βελτίστου ἄγνοια καὶ τὸ ἀγνοεῖν τὸ βέλτιστον”, PLATO , Alcib. II, 143 E.

For details of the use of the article with the infinitive, see Articular Infinitive.

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