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2000. The infinitive follows many verbs, especially such as denote ability, fitness, necessity, etc. (and their opposites).

““οὐκέτι ἐδύνατο . . . βιοτεύεινhe was no longer able to liveT. 1.130, ““νεῖν ἐπιστάμενοςknowing how to swimX. A. 5.7.25, ““πεφύ_κα_σί τε ἅπαντες . . . ἁμαρτάνεινand all men are by nature prone to errT. 3.45, ““μανθάνουσιν ἄρχειν τε καὶ ἄρχεσθαιthey learn how to govern and be governedX. A. 1.9.4; also after the impersonals of 1985.

a. ἔχω I can is derived from the meaning I have especially with a verb of saying. Thus, ““Διὸς πλα_γὰ_ν ἔχουσιν εἰπεῖνthey can proclaim a stroke of ZeusA. Ag. 367.

C. Infinitive after Adjectives, Adverbs, and Substantives

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