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Prepositions with the genitive: goal in time


ἄχρι τοῦ μὴ διψῆν

‘until he is no longer thirsty’ (Plut. Moralia 3.7)

The preposition μέχρι (in poetry also ἄχρι) signals a goal in time.

Example Sentences: 

ἄχρι κόρου


ἐπισχόντες δὲ ἐν τούτῳ τῷ χώρῳ μέχρι μέσου ἡμέρης

As they stayed in that place until noon... [provisional translation]

σῶζε δή μοι τὰ φίλτατα τοῦ γένους μέχρι τῆς τοῦ πολέμου τύχης

Take care of yourself, dearest of my relatives, until the war has been decided one way or another. ֍

καὶ τὸν παρελθόντα χρόνον οὕτω τυγχάνω βεβιωκὼς μέχρι ταύτης τῆς ἡμέρας ὥσπερ προσήκει τοὺς εὐσεβεῖς καὶ θεοφιλεῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

In the past and until today I have lived as befits pious and godly people.