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562. The principle of 558 and 559 applies only to conditional relative clauses. If the relative refers to a definite antecedent, there can be no assimilation, and the indicative or any other construction required by the sense is used. E.g. Εἰ τῶν πολιτῶν οἷσι νῦν πιστεύομεν, τούτοις ἀπιστήσαιμεν, οἷς δ᾽ οὐ χρώμεθα, τούτοισι χρησαίμεσθ̓, ἴσως σωθεῖμεν ἄν. AR. Ran. 1446. Εἴθ᾽ ἦσθα δυνατὸς δρᾶν ὅσον πρόθυμος εἶ, “O that thou couldst do as much as thou art eager to do.” EUR. Her. 731. (With ἦσθα for εἶ the meaning would be as much as thou wert (or mightest be) eager to do.

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