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495. The same construction is sometimes used when the leading verb is past. E.g. Κατεμέμφετο αὑτὸν καὶ τοὺς σὺν αὑτῷ, εἰ οἱ ἄλλοι ἀκμάζειν μᾶλλον ἑαυτῶν ἐδόκουν. XEN. Cyr. iv. 3, 3. But generally such sentences are affected by the principle of indirect discourse, and have either the optative or the form of the direct discourse: see XEN. Cyr. ii. 2, 3 , ἠχθέσθην εἴ τι μεῖον δοκοῖεν ἔχειν (where δοκοῦσι might have been used). See EUR. Med. 931, εἰσῆλθέ μ᾽ οἶκτος, εἰ γενήσεται, and XEN. An. i. 4, 7 , ᾤκτειρον εἰ ἁλώσοιντο. For such sentences see 697.

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