Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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The Antecedent Statement is Negative.—In its simplest use ἀλλά introduces a positive statement after a negative clause. Thus, οὐκ ἀνδρὸς ὅρκος πίστις, ἀλλ' ὅρκων ἀνήρ his oath is not the warrant of a man, but the man is warrant of his oath A. fr. 394, οὐ γὰρ κραυγῇ ἀλλὰ σι_γῇ ὡς ἀνυστὸν . . . προσῇσαν for they came on, not with shouts, but with as little noise as possible X. A. 1.8.11.

a. After a question implying a negative answer or a question to be refuted ἀλλά may have the force of (nay) rather, on the contrary. Thus, τί δεῖ σε ἰένα . . .; ἀλλὰ ἄλλους πέμψον what's the need of your going? Nay rather send others X. A. 4.6.19. Here ἀλλ' ου' (μή) has the force of and not rather ( cross2781 b) as τίδεῖ ἐμβαλεῖν λόγον περὶ τούτου, ἀλλ' οὐχὶ προειπεῖν ὅτι οὕτω ποιήσεις; why is it necessary to propose a discussion about this and not rather announce that you will have it so? X. C. 2.2.19.

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