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128. The future optative is used chiefly in indirect discourse after past tenses, to represent a future indicative of the direct form. Even here the future indicative is generally retained (670, b). E.g. Here belongs the rare use after ἐλπίς in THUC. vi. 30,μετ᾽ ἐλπίδος τε ἅμα καὶ ὀλοφυρμῶν, τὰ μὲν ὡς κτήσοιντο, τοὺς δ᾽ εἴ ποτε ὄψοιντο” , i.e. (they sailed) with hope and lamentations at once, — hope that they might acquire Sicily, lamentations at the thought whether they should ever see their friends again (ὀψόμεθα; ).

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