Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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The potential optative with ἄν is used to soften the statement of an opinion or fact, or to express irony: ἕτερόν τι τοῦτ' ἂν εἴη this is (would be) another matter D. 20.116, νοσοῖμ' ἄν, εἰ νόσημα τοὺς ἐχθροὺς στυγεῖν I must be mad, if it is madness to hate one's foes A. Pr. 978. So often with ἴσως or τάχα perhaps.

a. With a negative, the potential optative may have the force of a strong assertion: οὐ γὰρ ἂν ἀπέλθοιμ', ἀλλὰ κόψω τὴν θύρα_ν for I will not go away, but I will knock at the door Ar. Ach. 236.

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