alicui bibere dare

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to give some one to drink.

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  • These forms dare bibere, etc., are not Graecisms but old usages which have survived in conversational language. For the infinitive (the dative of the verbal noun) used in this way compare Verg. Aen. 1. 527 non nos aut ferro Libycos populare penates venimus; Plaut. Bacc. iv. 3. 18 parasitus modo venerat aurum petere.
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Submitted on October 09, 2019

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