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[*] 721. A wish referring to the future may be expressed in Greek in two ways:— I. by the optative alone; as in γένοιτο τοῦτο, may this happen, μὴ γένοιτο τοῦτο, may this not happen; II. by the optative with εἴθε or εἰ γάρ (Homeric also αἴθε or αἲ γάρ), sometimes by the simple εἰ, negatively εἴθε μή, εἰ γὰρ μή, etc.; as in εἴθε γένοιτο τοῦτο, O that this may happen, εἰ γὰρ μὴ γένοιτο, O that it may not happen.
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