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Spring 1-1-1900


The subject of this paper suggested itself to me by the freedom and divergence seen in the uses of conditional forms in the lyric poets. That there should be the greatest range and diversity night naturally he expected, but one is not prepared for the richness and variety which a careful tabulation reveals. Propertius, as one night expect, is found to revel in unusual turns of conditional expression, but the other three are not less widely heterodox. Of necessity, from the scope of the paper, it is largely a tabulation, but the tabulation conveys its own results. I have refrained from comment on particular cares where it was possible to do so, preferring to let the classification speak itself. A consideration of many of oven the best annotated editions of these authors compels me to state that most of the difficulties raised about conditional sentences are due to desire to reduce them to a rigid system. In almost no case has there been found any difficulty that does not disappear on assigning to the form in question a perfectly normal force as to mood and tense. This I have noted particularly in connection with the so-called mixed sentences.