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733. The indicative cannot be used in wishes without εἴθε or εἰ γάρ, as it would occasion ambiguity; this cannot arise in the case of the optative, which is not regularly used in independent sentences without ἄν, except in wishes. SOPH. OC 1713 , ἰὼ, μὴ γᾶς ἐπὶ ξένας θανεῖν ἔχρῃζες (so the MSS.) is often quoted to show that at least the indicative with μή alone can be used in negative wishes, with the translation, O that thou hadst not chosen to die in a foreign land. But the passage is probably corrupt, as the following words ἀλλ᾽ ἔρημος ἔθανες show. See, however, Hermann's note on this passage, and on Aul. 575.

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