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2265. (III) After a principal clause that is negatived.

οὐκ ἔχομεν ἀργύριον ὥστε ἀγοράζειν τὰ ἐπιτήδεια we have no money (so as) to buy provisions X. A. 7.3.5, ““οὐδεὶς πώποτ᾽ εἰς τοσοῦτ᾽ ἀναιδεία_ς ἀφί_κετο ὥστε τοιοῦτόν τι τολμῆσαι ποιεῖνno one ever reached such a degree of shamelessness as to dare to do anything of the sortD. 21.62 (cp. 2258 a). Here are included questions expecting the answer no: τίς οὕτως ἐστὶ δεινὸς λέγειν ὥστε σε πεῖσαι; who is so eloquent as to persuade you? X. A. 2.5.15. After negative (as after comparative, 2264) clauses, the infinitive is used, since there would be no reason for the ὥστε clause if the action of the principal clause did not take place. But the indicative occurs occasionally (L. 13.18, Ant. 5.43).

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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.2.4
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