Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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1780

Unattainable Wish.—A wish, referring to the present or past, which cannot be realized, is expressed by a past tense of the indicative with εἴθε or with εἰ γάρ (negative μή). The imperfect refers to present time, the aorist to past time (cp. cross2304, cross2305).

εἴθ' εἶχες βελτἱ_ους φρένας would that thou hadst (now) a better heart E. El. 1061, εἴθε σοι τότε συνεγενόμην would that I had then been with thee X. M. 1.2.46.

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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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