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2674. μή is sometimes translated by whether after verbs of fear and caution; but such dependent clauses with μή are not indirect questions (2221 a). After verbs of seeing, considering and the like (ὁρῶ, ἐννοοῦμαι, ἐνθυ_μοῦμαι, σκοπῶ) μή is properly a conjunction and not the interrogative particle. In such clauses there is an idea of purpose or desire to prevent something or a notion of fear that something is or may be done. Thus, ““φροντίζω μὴ κράτιστον μοι σι_γᾶνI am considering whether it is not best for me to be silentX. M. 4.2.39, ““ὁρῶμεν μὴ Νι_κία_ς οἴεταί τι λέγεινlet us see whether Nicias is of the opinion that he is saying something importantP. Lach. 196c. That μή does not properly mean whether not (indirect question) is clear from the fact that, in these clauses, it is not used of something that is hoped for. Cp. 2676 b.


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