Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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2434

πρίν is used with the aorist or (less often) with the imperfect indicative only when πρίν is equivalent to ἕως until; but, when the verb of the main clause is negatived, πρίν may be translated by before or until. When πρίν must be rendered by before, it takes the infinitive.

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ταῦτα ἐποίουν πρὶν Σωκράτης ἀφί_κετο I was doing this until Socrates arrived (rare even in poetry; cp. cross2441 c).

οὐ ταῦτα ἐποίουν πρὶν Σωκράτης ἀφί_κετο I was not doing this until (or before) Socrates arrived.

ταῦτα ἐποίουν πρὶν Σωκράτην ἀφικέσθαι (not Σωκράτης ἀφί_κετο) I was doing this before Socrates arrived.

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Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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