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103. The perfect subjunctive and optative are very often expressed in the active, and almost always in the passive and middle, by the perfect participle with and εἴην; and this combination of a present and a perfect makes the time denoted especially clear. Where the present would denote future time, the perfect denotes future-perfect time. E.g.

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