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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 ὅ τι χρῷο σαυτῷ, if you should withdraw, you would not know what to do with yourself. PLAT. Crit. 45B. Οὐκ ἂν ἔχοις ὅ τι χρήσαιο σαυτῷ, ἀλλ᾽ ἰλιγγιῴης ἂν καὶ χασμῷο οὐκ ἔχων ὅ 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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