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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Conative Present

467. The Present sometimes denotes an action attempted or begun in present time, but never completed at all ( Conative Present , cf. § 471 . c):—

    iam iamque manū tenet (Aen. 2.530), and now, even now, he attempts to grasp him.

    dēnsōs fertur in hostīs (id. 2.511), he starts to rush into the thickest of the foe.

    dēcernō quīnquāgintā diērum supplicātiōnēs(Phil. 14.29), I move for fifty days' thanksgiving. [Cf. senātus dēcrēvit, the senate ordained.]

 

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