Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Optative.—To the stem ending in α the mood-suffix ι_ is added, making αι, to which the same endings are affixed as in the present: λύ_σα-ι_-μι λύ_σαιμι, λυ_σα-ί_-μην λυ_σαίμην, φήνα-ι_-μι φήναιμι. The inflection in the middle is like that of the present. For the loss of ς in -σο see cross465 b.—In the active -ειας, -ειε, -ειαν are more common than -αις, -αι, -αιεν.

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Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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