εἰ χρή. All our MSS. have ἢ χρή (which Campbell retains); but, as between ἢ and εἰ in such a case, their authority is small: thus in Aesch. Cho. 994, where εἴτ̓ is certain, L gives the senseless ἤτ̓. Epic usage allows ἠὲ (ἢ), answered by ἦε (ἦ), in an indirect question:
. But is there any Attic example of this construction? Three instances are indeed alleged from Aesch. (P. V. 780, Cho. 756, 890), but they are most doubtful: see Appendix. Attic usage prescribed εἰ (or εἴτε) as = whether, introducing the indirect question: the correlative or was usu. εἴτε, but sometimes, as here, ἤ.