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[*] 233. It has already been seen (13) that Homer sometimes uses the optative in a weak future sense, without κέ or ἄν, to express a concession or permission. Such neutral forms seem to form a connecting link between the simple optative in wishes and the optative with ἄν, partaking to a certain extent of the nature of both. (For a full discussion of these forms and their relations, see Appendix I.) Such expressions seem to show that the early language used forms like ἔλθοιμι and ἴδοιμι in two senses, I may go and I may see, or may I go and may I see, corresponding to ἔλθω and ἴδω in their two Homeric senses I shall go and I shall see (284), or let me go and let me see (257).
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