It is also possible in certain
cases to discover the present indicative of a verb from
the study of its other tenses. I remember, for instance, refuting certain scholars who criticised me for
using the word pepigi: for, although they admitted
that it had been used by some of the best authors,
they asserted that it was an irrational form because
the present indicative paciscor, being passive in
form, made pactus sum as its perfect.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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