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[*] 387. Subjunctive in dependent clauses. All the uses of the subjunctive in dependent clauses may be referred ultimately to the imperative sense so conspicuous in the leading clause, but in prose the pure subjunctive is confined to the final sentence, which is necessarily imperative in its nature. In other classes of sentences “ἄν” (“κεν”) with the subjunctive is the rule, though there are many exceptions in the older language and in poetry. See 456.
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