previous next

389. Potential optative.

The optative is the ideal mood of the Greek language, the mood of the fancy. The wish is father to the thought, and “fancy” has a double signification, moral as well as intellectual. But the intellectual use, the use in qualified assertions or the so-called potential use, is confined to the optative with “ἄν”, except in poetry. The prose examples are comparatively few, and are either doubtful or occur in fixed formulae. The negative of the potential optative is “οὐ”.

For examples, see Optative withἄν”.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: