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ἐρῶ the place of the pres. εἴρω (rare even in epic and never in attic) is supplied by φημί, λέγω or ἀγορεύω; and εἶπον serves as the aor.

I.I will say or speak, attic: c. acc. pers. to speak of, κακῶς ἐρεῖν τινα Theogn., Eur.; c. dupl. acc., ἐρεῖν τινά τι id=Eur., etc.
II.I will tell, proclaim, Il., etc.; φόως ἐρέουσα to announce the dawn, id=Il.; ἐπὶ ῥηθέντι δικαίωι upon clear right, Od.
2.εἰρημένος promised, μισθός Hes., Hdt.; εἰρημένον, absol., when it had been agreed, Thuc. tell, order one to do, c. dat. et inf., Xen.; c. acc. et inf., id=Xen.:—so in Pass., εἴρητό οἱ, c. inf., orders had been given him to do, Hdt. Pass. to be mentioned, id=Hdt.
IV.simple εἴρω in Ionic and Epic, to say, speak, tell, Od.: so in Mid., Hom.: but in ionic Prose, the Mid. means to cause to be told one, i. e. to ask, like attic ἐροῦμαι.

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