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Accusative of the Gerund and Gerundive

506. The Accusative of the Gerund and Gerundive is used after the preposition ad , to denote Purpose (cf. § 533):—

    mē vocās ad scrībendum (Or. 34, you summon me to write.

    vīvis nōn ad dēpōnendam sed ad cōnfīrmandam audāciam (Cat. 1.4), you live not to put off but to confirm your daring.

    nactus aditūs ad ea cōnanda (B. C. 1.31), having found means to undertake these things.

Note 1— Other prepositions appear in this construction; inter and ob a few times, circā, in, ante, and a few others very rarely: as, inter agendum, while driving.

Note 2— The Accusative of the gerund with a preposition never takes a direct object in classic Latin.

 

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