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ἐὰν ὠνῶμαι, ἢν πωλῇ: if I wish to purchase, if he offer to sell. The pres. implies desired action. See on διδόντος 16. For the variant forms of the conj., see on i.2.2.

μηδ᾽ ἔρωμαι: for the interr. subjv., see G. 1358; H. 866, 3; and, for μηδέ with the interr. subjv. expecting an affirmative answer, GMT. 293. Cf. μὴ ἀποκρίνωμαι, ἀλλ᾽ ἕτερον εἴπω Plato Rep. 337 B.

εἰδώς: concessive.

πῶς ἔχει: “the facts of the case.”

τὰ πλεῖστα: cognate accusative.

ἐάν: provided that, introduces a second and subord. protasis. GMT. 510.

οἷον: for example. Cf. i. 1. 9.

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