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983. The ablative infinitive

The ablative infinitive — which, like the accusative, is made only from the root-noun and that in tu — is found especially with the prepositions ā́ until and purā́ before.

a. Thus, ā́ támitoḥ (TS. etc.) until exhaustionpurā́ vācáḥ právaditoḥ (TS.) before utterance of the voice. In the Brāhmaṇa language, this is the well-nigh exclusive construction of the ablative (it occurs also with prāk, arvāk, etc.); in the Veda, the latter is used also after ṛté without, and after several verbs, as trā and  protectyu separatebhī, etc.

b. In a few instances, by an attraction similar to that illustrated above for the dative (982 a), a noun dependent on this infinitive is put in the ablative beside it: thus, purā vāgbhyaḥ sampravaditoḥ (PB.) before the utterance together of the voicestrā́dhvaṁ kartā́d avapádaḥ (RV.) save us from falling down into the pitpurā dakṣiṇābhyo netoḥ (Āpast.)before the gifts are taken away.