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2703. Statements (2153) expressed by simple sentences and independent clauses take οὐ. Direct questions take either οὐ or μή (2651). The independent future indicative has μή only in questions.

2704. In wishes μή is used with the indicative (1780-1781) or the optative (1814, cp. 2156).

““εἴθε σε μήποτ᾽ εἰδόμα_νwould that I had never seen theeS. O. T. 1218, μήποτ᾽ ὤφελον λιπεῖν τὴν Σκῦρον would that I had never left Scyrus S. Ph 969.

““μὴ ζῴηνmay I not liveAr. Eq. 833, ““ἀναιδὴς οὔτ᾽ εἰμὶ μήτε γενοίμηνI neither am nor may I become shamelessD. 8.68, ““οὔτ᾽ ἂν δυναίμην μήτ᾽ ἐπισταίμην λέγεινneither could I tell nor may I be capable of tellingS. Ant. 686.

a. That ὤφελον takes μή, not οὐ, shows that it has lost to a certain extent its verbal nature. In late Greek it even became a particle like εἴθε.

b. Indirect expressions of wishing with πῶς ἄν and the optative (1832), βουλοίμην ἄν (1827), ἐβουλόμην (ἄν) with the infinitive, take οὐ (1782, 1789).

c. The use is the same in dependent clauses; as ἐπειδὴ δ᾽ μήποτ᾽ ὤφελε (συμβῆναι) ““συνέβηbut when that happened which I would had never happenedD. 18.320.

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