Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Some scholars hold that the difference between καὶ εἰ and εἰ καί is that καὶ εἰ concedes a supposition and is used of an assumed fact, while εἰ καί concedes a fact and is used of an actual fact. But this distinction cannot be supported. καὶ εἰ sometimes differs from εἰ καὶ only in being more emphatic. When an actual fact is referred to, we expect εἰ καί; but καὶ εἰ sometimes occurs, as ἴσως τοι, κει' βλέποντα μὴ πόθουν, θανόντ' ἂν οἰμώξειαν perhaps, though they did not miss him when alive, they will lament him now that he is dead S. Aj. 962, cp. πειστέον, κει' μηδὲν ἡδύ although it is in no wise sweet, I must obey S. O. T. 1516.

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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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