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232. We find fully established in the Homeric language a use of the optative and the past tenses of the indicative with ἄν or κέ, which expresses the action of the verb as dependent on circumstances or conditions; as ἔλθοι ἄν, he might (could or would) go; ἦλθεν ἄν, he might (could or would) have gone. Such an optative or indicative is called potential.

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