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ὥσπερ ἂν εἰ is more common than ὥσπερ εἰ. Thus, πρὸς μόνους τοὺς προγόνους τοὺς ἡμετέρους συμβαλόντες ὁμοίως διεφθάρησαν, ὥσπερ ἂν (διεφθάρησαν) εἰ πρὸς ἅπαντας ἀνθρώπους ἐπολέμησαν in contending against our ancestors alone they were destroyed as completely as if they had waged war against all mankind

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I. 4.69, ὅμοια γάρ μοι δοκοῦσι πάσχειν ὥσπερ (ἄν τις πάσχοι) εἴ τις πολλὰ ἐσθίων μηδέποτε ἐμπίπλαιτο for they seem to me to be in the same condition as if any one for all his eating were never to be filled X. S. 4. 37, ἠσπάζετο αὐτὸν ὥσπερ ἂν (ἀσπάζοιτο) εἴ τις . . . πάλαι φιλῶν ἀσπάζοιτο he greeted him as one would do who had long loved him X. C. 1.3.2.

a. With a participle ὥσπερ ἂν εἰ is sometimes used with much the same force as ὥσπερ, the εἰ being added by a confusion of constructions. Thus, ὥσπερ ἂν εἰ καὶ κατακλυσμὸν γεγενῆσθαι τῶν πρα_γμάτων ἡγούμενοι as if you believed that there had been also a revolution in politics D. 18.214: lit. as (you would think) if you believed (for ὥσπερ ἂν ἡγούμενοι or ὥσπερ ἂν εἰ ἡγεῖσθε). Cp. cross1766 a. Similarly ὥσπερ εἰ has virtually the force of ὥσπερ alone ( cross2087).

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