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483. Sometimes the adverb ἄν, without a verb expressed, represents an apodosis in the indicative or optative, when the verb can easily be supplied. E.g. “Οἱ οἰκέται ῥέγκουσιν: ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ ἂν πρὸ τοῦ(sc. οὕτως ἔρρεγκον), “but they would not have been snoring at this late hour in old times.” AR. Nub. 5. (See 227.) So πῶς γὰρ ἄν; (sc. εἴη), how could it be?

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