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459. Position of a)/n and ke(n).

ἄν” and “κε”(“ν”) are both postpositive. Both are apt to combine with some leading modifier, conjunction, relative, adverb, only certain monosyllabic particles, such as “μέν, δέ, γάρ, τε”, being allowed to intervene. “ἄν” sometimes goes so far as to coalesce sooner or later. So we find “εἰ ἄν” (“ἤν, ἐάν, α?ν”), “εἴ κε”(“ν”), “ὅτ᾽ ἄν” (later “ὅταν”), “ὅτε κε”(“ν”), “πρὶν ἄν, ὃς ἄν, ὅς κε”(“ν”), “τάχ᾽ ἄν, οὐκ ἄν, οὔ κε”(“ν”). This tendency to combine with some leading word sometimes removes both “ἄν” and “κε”(“ν”) to a considerable distance from the verb to which they properly belong.

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