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2566. Conditional relative clauses that set forth less vividly the realization of a future event take the optative. The main clause has the optative with ἄν.

ὀκνοίην ἂν εἰς τὰ πλοῖα ἐμβαίνειν (= εἴ τινα) ““ἡμῖν Κῦρος δοίηI should hesitate to embark in the vessels that Cyrus might give usX. A. 1.3.17, ““δ̀ δὲ μὴ ἀγαπῴη, οὐδ᾽ ἂν φιλοῖnor could he love what he does not desireP. Lys. 215b.

a. The main clause has the optative without ἄν in wishes: ““δῶρα θεῶν ἔχοι, ὅττι διδοῖενmay he keep the gifts of the gods whatever they may giveς 142.

b. Homer sometimes uses κέ or ἄν in the relative clause (φ 161).

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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.2.3
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