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1399. δεῖ (impersonal) is frequently used with genitives of quantity: ““πολλοῦ δεῖ οὕτως ἔχεινfar from that being the caseP. A. 35d, οὐδὲ πολλοῦ δεῖ D. 8.42 (only in D.) and οὐδ᾽ ὀλίγου δεῖ no, far from it D. 19.184. δεῖν may be omitted (but not with πολλοῦ), leaving ὀλίγου and μι_κροῦ in the sense of almost, all but; <*>λίγου πάντες almost all P. R. 552d, ““ὀλίγου εἷλον τὴν πόλινthey all but. took the cityT. 8.35. On δεῖν used absolutely, see 2012 d; on δέων with numerals, 350 c.

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