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2006. The infinitive limiting the meaning of an adjective is commonly active (or middle) in cases where the passive is more natural in English. Thus, ““λόγος δυνατὸς κατανοῆσαιa speech capable of being understoodP. Ph. 90c, ““ἄξιος θαυμάσαιworthy to be admiredT. 1.138 (but ἄξιος θαυμάζεσθαι X. C. 5.1.6).

a. The active use is due to the old datival function of the infinitive: δυνατὸς κατανοῆσαι capable for understanding.

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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.5.2
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