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2271. ὥστε is often used with the infinitive when the infinitive without ὥστε is regular or more common.

a. So with many verbs, especially of will or desire. Thus, ἔπεισαν τοὺς Ἀθηναίους ὥστε ἐξαγαγεῖν ἐκ Πύλου Μεσσηνίους they prevailed upon the Athenians (so as) to withdraw the Messenians from Pylus T. 5.35, δεηθέντες . . . ἑκάστων ἰδίᾳ ὥστε ψηφίσασθαι τὸν πόλεμον having begged each privately (so as) to vote for the war 1. 119, ““ἐποίησα ὥστε δόξαι τούτῳ τοῦ πρὸς ἐμὲ πολέμου παύσασθαιI brought it about so that it seemed best to him to desist from warring against meX. A. 1.6.6.

N.—Such verbs are: ἀπέχομαι, δέομαι ask, διαπρά_ττομαι, διδάσκω, δικαιῶ, δύναμαι, ἐθέλω, εἴργω, ἐλπίδα τινὰ ἔχω, ἐπαγγέλλομαι, ἐπαίρω, ἔχω am able, θέσφατόν τί τινι ἱκνεῖται, a phrase with καθίσταμαι, ξυγχωρῶ, παραδίδωμι, πείθω (and παρασκευάζω πείθω), πέφυ_κα, ποιῶ, προθυ_μοῦμαι, προτρέπομαι, φυλάττομαι (2239), ψηφίζομαι.

b. When the infinitive is the subject: ““πάνυ γάρ μοι ἐμέλησεν ὥστε εἰδέναιfor it concerned me exceedingly to knowX. C. 6.3.19.

N.—So with ἔστι, γίγνεται, etc., δόξαν when it was decreed, συνέβη (Thuc.), συνέπι_πτε, συνήνεικε (Hdt.), προσήκει. Cp. 1985.

c. With adjectives, especially such as are positive in form but have a comparative force and denote a deficiency or the like (1063); as ἡμεῖς γὰρ ἔτι νέοι ὥστε τοσοῦτον πρᾶγμα διελέσθαι for we are still too young to decide so important a matter P. Pr. 314b. So with ἰδιώτης, ὀλίγος, ψυ_χρός, γέρων; and with ἱκανός, ἀδύνατος (and with δύνασθαι).

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