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younger than another, it could not become older or younger in a

greater degree than it was at first; for equals added to unequals,

whether to periods of time or to anything else, leave the difference

between them the same as at first.

Of course. Then that which is, cannot become older or younger than

that which is, since the difference of age is always the same; the one

is and has become older and the other younger; but they are no

longer becoming so.

True.

And the one which is does not therefore become either older or

younger than the others which are

No.

But consider whether they may not become older and younger in

another way.

In what way?

Just as the one was proven to be older than the others and the

others than the one.

And what of that?

If the one is older than the others, has come into being a longer

time than the others.

Yes.

But consider again; if we add equal time to a greater and a less

time, will the greater differ from the less time by an equal or by a

smaller portion than before?

By a smaller portion.

Then the difference between the age of the one and the age of the

others will not be afterwards so great as at first, but if an equal

time be added to both of them they will differ less and less in age?

Yes.

And that which differs in age from some other less than formerly,

from being older will become younger in relation to that other than

which it was older?

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