Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Conative Present.—The present may express an action begun, attempted, or intended.

τὴν δόξαν ταύτην πείθουσιν ὑ_μᾶς ἀποβαλεῖν they are trying to persuade you to throw away this renown I. 6.12, δίδωμί σοι αὐτὴν ταύτην γυναῖκα I offer you this woman herself as a wife X. C. 8.5.19, προδίδοτον τὴν Ἑλλάδα they are trying to betray Greece Ar. P. 408.

a. This use is found also in the infinitive and participle: Φιλίππου ἐπὶ Βυζάντιον παριόντος when Philip is preparing to advance against Byzantium D. 8.66.

b. The idea of attempt or intention is an inference from the context and lies in the present only so far as the present does not denote completion.

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