Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Fear that something actually is or was is expressed by μή with the indicative (negative μὴ οὐ).

δέδοικα . . . μὴ πληγῶν δέει I fear that you need a beating Ar. Nub. 493, ἀλλ' ὅρα_ μὴ παίζων ἔλεγεν but have a care that he was not speaking in jest P. Th. 145b, φοβούμεθα μὴ ἀμφοτέρων ἅμα ἡμαρτήκαμεν we are afraid that we have failed of both objects at once T. 3.53, ὁρᾶτε μὴ οὐκ ἐμοὶ . . . προσήκει λόγον δοῦναι have a care lest it does not rest with me to give an account And. 1.103.

a. Contrast φοβοῦμαι μὴ ἀληθές ἐστιν I fear that it is true with φοβοῦμαι μὴ ἀληθὲς ᾖ I fear it may prove true ( cross2228).

b. The aorist occurs in Homer: δείδω μὴ δὴ πάντα θεὰ_ νημερτέα εἶπεν I fear that all the goddess said was true ε 300.


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