Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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καὶ εἰ (even if) clauses.—καὶ εἰ commonly implies that the conclusion must be true or must take place even in the extreme, scarcely conceivable, case which these words introduce (even supposing that, even in the case that). In such cases the speaker does not grant that the alleged condition really exists. On κἂ_ν εἰ see cross1766 b.

κει' μὴ πέποιθα, τοὖργον ἔστ' ἐργαστέον even if I have no confidence, yet the

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deed must be done A. Ch. 296, καὶ ἐὰ_ν μὴ ἡμεῖς παρακελευώμεθα, (ἡ πόλις), ἱκανῶς ἐπιμελήσεται and even if we do not use exhortations, the city will take sufficient care P. Menex. 248d, γελᾷ δ' ὁ μῶρος, κἄ_ν τι μὴ γελοῖον ᾖ the fool laughs even if there is nothing to laugh at Men. Sent. 108, Μυ_σοῖς βασιλεὺς πολλοὺς μὲν ἡγεμόνας ἂν δοίη . . ., καὶ εἰ σὺν τεθρίπποις βούλοιντο ἀπιέναι the king would give many guides to the Mysians even supposing they should want to depart with four-horse chariots X. A. 3.2.24.

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