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186. IV. In indirect questions depending on an optative, the optative may represent an interrogative subjunctive (287) of the direct question. E.g. Οὐκ ἂν ἔχοις ἐξελθὼν τι χρῷο σαυτῷ, if you should withdraw, you would not know what to do with yourself. PLAT. Crit. 45B. Οὐκ ἂν ἔχοις τι χρήσαιο σαυτῷ, ἀλλ᾽ ἰλιγγιῴης ἂν καὶ χασμῷο οὐκ ἔχων τι εἴποις. Gorg. 486B. The direct questions here were τί χρῶμαι;—τί χρήσωμαι;—τί εἴπω; The subjunctive can always be retained in this construction, even after past tenses (677).

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