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53. Plural of courtliness and reserve.

The plural is sometimes used for the singular as a more courtly or reserved mode of expression.

EUR. Andr. 403: “φονεῦσιν Ἕκτορος νυμφεύομαι”. Hec. 402-3: “καὶ σὺ παῖ Λαερτίου”, | “χάλα τοκεῦσιν” (sc. “Ἑκάβῃ”) “εἰκότως θυμουμένοις”. I. A. 1015: “ἱκέτεὐ ἐκεῖνον πρῶτα μὴ κτείνειν τέκνα” (sc. “Ἰφιγένειαν”).

SOPH. O. T. 1184-5: “πέφασμαι . . . ξὺν οἷς” (sc. “τῇ μητρί”) “ τ᾽
οὐ χρῆν ὁμιλῶν οὕς
” (sc. “τὸν πατέρα”) “τέ μ᾽ οὐκ ἔδει κτανών”.

PIND. P. 3.66: “ἐσλοῖσι παρασχεῖν ἀνδράσιν” (sc. “Ἱέρωνι”).

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